Measures to promote the mobility of artists:
- Recognition of foreign diplomas
The Republic of Azerbaijan has already signed a number of conventions on recognition of diplomas and scientific degrees concerning education. These are:
o UNESCO Convention of 1979 on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees concerning Higher Education in the States belonging to the Europe Region (16 July 1996)
o UNESCO Regional Convention of 1983 on the recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Asia and Pacific (16 July 1996).
Besides, there are also bilateral agreements on mutual recognition of diplomas with some states.
- Fellowships and financial aid
In accordance with the approved working plan of the Ministry of Culture, the performances of the artists, theatre and music collectives and exhibitions organized abroad during the Days of Culture, International Competitions and festivals are covered by the Ministry of Culture. There is no special system concerning fellowships and financial aid. However, the Ministry of Culture assists artists and individually applied NGOs working in the field of culture.
Furthermore, funds, banks and other financial institutions acting in the country widely sponsor activities in order to promote the mobility of artists and works.
Legal requirements for producers and impresarios
There is no legislative act regarding legal requirements for producers and impresarios. Those requirements are defined on the basis of individual agreements.
Provisions in national laws in regard to foreign artists
In accordance with the Labour Code, the foreigners enjoy all the labour rights equally with the citizens, unless other conditions are stipulated in the international treaties and agreements signed by the Republic of Azerbaijan. Pursuant to the law, no privileges can be granted to the foreigners in comparison with the citizens. But if there is an agreement between states, mutual privileges can be defined (e.g. agreements on elimination double taxation, etc.).
Source: Government of Azerbaijan, August 2004.