GIS - 26 July, 2018: The National Arts Fund (NAF) has been set up to give a new thrust to the Mauritian creative arts industry and cultural tourism. In this endeavour, the NAF in line with its aims and objectives is launching its first call for projects under four Arts Grant Schemes namely the Emerging Talents Grant, the Production Grant, Capacity Building Grant and the Research Grant.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun made this announcement yesterday during a press conference at the Le Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port Louis.
Minister Roopun recalled that the NAF has been set up under the aegis of his Ministry to contribute to the financing of creative arts projects, schemes and events in relation to arts development such as music recording, concerts, and sales and exhibition of art works. Government has earmarked a sum of Rs 50 million to finance these activities, he said. The objective, he underlined, is to support artists by better integrating them in the mainstream of economic development and simultaneously, optimize the potential of the creative sector for economic growth, job creation and social inclusion.
Speaking of the grant schemes, the Minister highlighted that they have been designed amongst others to support cultural entrepreneurs, improve the standards of arts, stimulate public interest in the arts, and preserve and promote elements of our cultural and artistic heritage.
Furthermore, Minister Roopun listed out the new budgetary measures whereby Government is increasing subsidy for the production of CDs from Rs 30 000 to Rs 40 000 and is also extending the VAT Refund Scheme to cover musical instruments purchased by local artists registered with the Mauritius Society of Authors.
The four Arts Grant schemes are:
· The Emerging Talents Grant
A One-Time Grant to support emerging individuals or art groups with talent, vision and innovative ideas to ensure artistic development and nurture future generations of talented Mauritians. The fund will finance up to 70% of a realistic budget and up to a ceiling of Rs 300 000. It will have three calls for projects on a yearly basis (February, June and October).
· The Production Grant
It supports established artists/arts groups to continue to present quality arts projects having a high level of originality and creativity. The first call for the year 2018 will exceptionally be in July instead of June. The fund will finance up to 50% of a realistic budget and up to a ceiling of Rs 800 000. It will have three calls for projects on a yearly basis (February, June and October).
· The Capacity Building Grant
It supports short training programmes related to the different art forms to artists and art practitioners by organisations/associations of artists and training institutions. The fund will finance up to 70% of a realistic budget and up to a ceiling of Rs 300 000. Applications for the Capacity Building Grant can be submitted throughout the year.
· The Research Grant
It sponsors research and documentation in fields such as social and economic impact of the arts in the Mauritian society; new models of audience engagement in the arts; new forms of artistic and cultural expressions; creative industry and the economic dimension of the arts in Mauritius; and policies and practices that shape arts development. The fund will finance up to 60% of a realistic budget and up to a ceiling of Rs 500 000. It will have three calls for projects on a yearly basis (February, June and October).
VAT Refund Scheme
· A registered unsalaried Mauritian artist, earning less than Rs 300 000 in a year will be given the option to deduct 50% of earnings generated from his artistic work other than a literary work without having to document or specify his expenses.
· An enterprise not engaged in the business of buying and selling of artwork will be allowed to deduct the cost of acquisition of artworks from a local artist up to a maximum of Rs 500 000 if they are displayed in the place of business where the public can view them and the artworks are kept for at least 3 years.
As regards to the call for projects, applications form and guidelines for the National Arts Fund Grants are available at the National Arts Fund Office, 1st Floor Renganaden Seeneevassen Building, Port Louis and on its website http://culture.govmu.org. The closing date is on 31 August 2018 at 15 00 hrs.
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