Hungary Adopting Performance-based Financing for Arts

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Hungary will make state financing of the arts conditional on professional achievement and factors such as ticket sales starting this year, Minister of Culture and Innovation János Csák said in an interview published by kultura.hu yesterday.

"From now on, we're going to link state subsidies to stipulations: in addition to professional achievement, recruitment of sponsors and increased ticket revenue will be important factors.

We're going to operate in this framework already from this year," Csák said.

He pointed out that state subsidies made up over 80% of the revenue of cultural institutions in 2021, though acknowledging the impact of the pandemic on that ratio.

"Our task is to see if there's a standard that can be established as a condition in various branches of the arts. If an institution gets HUF 300 million in sponsorships and HUF 200 mln in ticket revenue, in addition to HUF 2 billion in state support, then we have to find out why that isn't working for institutions with a similar profile," he said.

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