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Statistics, Dates, Facts

Department of Arts and Culture

Status: January 2020

In 2020, the annual budget for Munich’s Municipal Department of Arts and Culture amounted to 232.4 million Euros. This sum is used to run the city’s cultural institutions and facilities, as well as for the promotion of culture in Munich in general.

More than 1,300 staff are employed in municipal museums, theaters and the orchestra, as well as in cultural education facilities (Munich City Library and the Municipal Adult Education Center). Munich’s Department of Arts and Culture is directed by Anton Biebl, a Governing Member of Munich City Council.

Promotion of Culture in Munich: Facts

The following services and projects are included within our budget of approximately 49 million Euros, for the “promotion of arts and culture”: 

  • Around 1,800 events and projects are assisted each year through consultancy services, event technology, rent-free event locations and financial support.
  • A total of almost 11,000 consultancy and advisory meetings are held – by some 80 members of staff.
  • More than 70 cultural associations and centers receive institutional support.
  • Approximately 4 million Euros are used to help fund 30 city district cultural centers, the premises of various associations and the “One World House” (Eine-Welt-Haus).
  • Some 450,000 Euros go to support cultural “District Festival Weeks“, Culture Days and numerous other projects, as well as the cultural infrastructure in Munich’s city districts.
  • 1.5 million Euros are spent on biennale festivals such as “Dance”, “Spielart”, “Biennale”, “Rodeo”, and annual festivals as the literary festival “Literaturfest München” and “AnderArt”. The Department also covers the majority of the location fees for these events and projects.
  • The City of Munich grants prizes, scholarships and awards to those involved in the creation of art and culture. Each year between 274,000 Euros and 380,000 Euros is provided to cover prize money, jury fees and events.
  • Around 300 artists receive studiol support from us, either through the provision of work-space in one of the three municipal artist-studio properties, or through rent subsidies.
  • We offer exhibition opportunities in the five municipal “art spaces” (Artothek, Kunstarkaden, lothringer13, MaximiliansForum, Rathausgalerie), which are funded by the City of Munich to the sum of 349,000 Euros.
  • The Department of Arts and Culture currently makes around 800,000 Euros in funds available for art projects in public spaces. The same amount is provided for “Quivid – Art in Construction”, managed by the municipal Department of Public Construction.
  • Approximately 100,000 Euros are given to international projects. Furthermore, around 65 guest artists are invited each year to stay in the municipal “artist residences”, Villa Waldberta and Ebenböckhaus in Pasing.
  • 100,000 Euros go each year to cultural education projects. This money supports approximately 40 projects, which reach around 1,000 children and young people.

These are just a few selected examples, illustrating the wide spectrum of municipal work undertaken to promote and develop culture in Munich.


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