8.4.1 Amateur arts and folk culture
The number of amateur arts groups has been in decline. According to statistics from 2000, there are 300 000 amateur artists participating in groups such as theatres, choirs, music, folklore, etc. The whole amateur arts sector is in "transition", due to the fact that some of the amateur groups qualify as professionals, for example, choirs and folklore groups. Some are real groups of art practitioners without artistic ambitions. Many had premises and administrative staff, which made them very similar to cultural institutions and were heavily dependent on public funding. In 1995, the Ministry stopped financing these groups and transferred responsibility for them to the municipalities. However, the Ministry of Culture and Media still recognises the need to help reorganise the Serbian union of amateur artists.
In the period 2004-2006, the policy of the Ministry of Culture in Serbia underlined the importance of the amateur movement and has raised financial support for amateur festivals and events. The Republic's Union of Amateur Associations received, once again, a state subsidy. The policy priorities of the new Ministry of Culture, since 2007, transferred this responsibility to local public authorities.