Support may be granted to arts patrons

06/06/16 17:51

Support may be granted to arts patrons

The Supreme Council is drafting a law on arts patronage

Tiraspol, 6 June. /Novosti Pridnestrovya/. Private investors are supposed to be attracted to the preservation of the country's cultural values and sponsorship of cultural and educational projects. The relevant parliamentary committee is considering at the moment a draft law «On arts patronage and patronage activities».

The law's authors, MPs Mikhail Burla and Ilona Tyuryaeva, has proposed to define the notion of patronage of arts in the Pridnestrovian legislation and distinguish patronage activities from charity. According to the, this will help «regulate the provision of patronage assistance with regard to all the specifics of this activity».

«Patronage assistance is supposed to be granted on a non-repayable basis, whereas charity suggests the transfer of property or money, performance of works, provision of services and other support to individuals or legal entities on a selfless basis (gratuitously or on preferential terms)," says the explanatory note to the draft law.

The authors underscore that the charity law of 2008 regulates charities' activities only, while arts patronage in Pridnestrovie is «a one-time occasion and unsystematic», besides it is not stimulated in any way.

In this connection the draft law proposes to determine forms of encouraging arts patrons, such as awards, honourable titles and memorable signs with patrons' names on the objects under their patronage. Besides, the state guarantees its financial support for arts patrons.

According to the draft law, only non-commercial organisations, both state-run and private, may benefit from patronage assistance. Besides, they are obliged to conclude a treaty on patronage assistance.

To make this law work, the authors have proposed to amend the laws «On culture» and «On corporate tax».

The State Agency for Culture gave a positive opinion on the draft law, and the parliamentary committee has recommended the Supreme Council to adopt it on first reading. Now the bill is to be considered at a parliamentary session.


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