Funding for Literature

With the reform of the "Great Austrian State Prize," which until then had been of symbolic rather than substantial importance, the establishment of systematic Austrian literary promotion began in 1970/71. The first annual scholarships were created, initiatives such as "Readings at Schools" were launched and financed, and a comprehensive support structure for authors, publishers and journals as well as associations and events was created from a "Catalog of Cultural Policy Measures." In Austria, the federal provinces are basically responsible for arts and culture funding, and the Republic of Austria is only considered secondarily for arts and culture funding. This first responsibility, however, is often mainly taken up with the funding of essential art and cultural institutions in the respective federal provinces; the main burden in contemporary art and culture funding is transferred to art funding by the Republic of Austria. In the promotion of literature, the federal provinces appear only in a subordinate role.