Operating subsidies: the art of self-reliance

Developing an artistic vision. Setting up local partnerships. Applying for subsidies. Contributing own resources. And providing an audience. Of course you know how to approach this. The cultural sector is self-reliant and enterprising. And that is what the decree aims to further encourage. How exactly? And who can help you with this?

Solidary and self-reliant: Not a contradiction

When the term first emerged, self-reliance was specifically about the entrepreneurship of artists and art organisations. The fact that many provide for their own income is particularly appreciated. You have to. You cannot get anywhere without your own resources. Just check the minimum percentages. 

But self-reliance has other meanings. In the decree, it appears not only in economic and market-oriented paragraphs. Self-reliance is also expressed in sentences that focus on cooperation and solidarity. It even brings up the vulnerable position of individual artists.

Self-reliance: How to get there?

When assessing your application, self-reliance is one of the minister’s five attention points. But this self-reliance also multiple aspects. Sometimes the emphasis is on entrepreneurship, sometimes on solidarity. 

How to deal with this? And how to increase your own self-reliance? One address: Cultuurloket , specialised in business support for the cultural sector. Cultuurloket also helps individual artists on their way.

Despite all your efforts, still unable to reach the minimum percentage for self-generated income? Then you must explain this in your application. Explain why for your artistic activities self-reliance, for example, mainly means solidarity. We would be happy to help you with this.