A cultural subsidy
is a payment to cultural industries to ensure that some public policy purpose in culture (e.g. multiculturalism
, Canadian Content
, the French language
, preservation of ballet
arts) is preserved or perhaps overtly promoted as superior.
They are considered a form of industrial subsidy usually by their opponents, and a form of public interest communication, such as public broadcasting, by their supporters. A common means of providing a cultural subsidy is to have public broadcasters pay for program development.
See also: arts grant