Ten writers and artists in Estonia will be paid by the state for the next three years to encourage their work, the BBC reported.
The country’s culture ministry announced that those selected will each receive a portion of the €160,000, which will be set aside each year from 2016, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported.
“The state’s interest is straightforward: a poet or painter needs an opportunity to concentrate on his or her creative work,” said a ministry spokesperson, Meelis Kompus. “Without enough support and people working on several fronts to make ends meet, precious creations may never see the light of day or be delayed.”
State salaries for the arts are rare, and the most that artists can usually hope for is a grant or bursary which gives financial security for a short period, according to the BBC.