Institutional supporting measures for the status of artists
Pensions, annual state literature awards, biannual state playwriting awards, mobility of artists, etc.
According to a law of 2007, which was amended in 2013, Greek authors and other writers, translators, and artists from the whole spectrum of the arts have the right (after a certain age) to apply for a pension with the Ministry of Culture and Sports. This is a monthly, lifelong pension awarded by the state.
To enhance creativity in literature and the arts, the Ministry of Culture and Sports awards - on an annual basis - twelve (12) prizes to novelists and other writers and translators. Also every two years, three (3) playwriting awards are granted.
As regards international cooperation, many cultural organizations support the mobility of artists. For example, mention can be made of the activities of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Greek Film Archive Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Centre (OCC).The Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) has seven (7) “Annexes” across the country, which are used by the Institution as special educational centers.
The International Writers and Translators' Center of Rhodes (IWTCR), operated by the Municipality of Rhodes, has a program of residencies for writers and translators and, since 2008, for researchers and artists from all over the world (see more in Section 3). There are also many others private residencies for artists all over the country (some are listed in the Res Artis network).
The Hellenic Copyright Organization, a legal entity under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, has as a main purpose is to protect the rights of creators and neighboring rights, to prepare relevant legal instruments, to represent the state in international organizations and fora, to provide training to judges, lawyers, administrators and right holders and to supervise the Collecting Societies. The H.C.O. has developed numerous actions for reducing and gradually eliminating the phenomenon of piracy of copyrighted works and continues to be active in this field. An Observatory on Piracy features at the Organization’s website.
The inchancment of the status of the artists - mobility of the artists - protection of their Intellectual Property.
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