The Ministry of Culture introduced a new policy on Tuesday that will provide financial support to Taiwanese artists who want to publicly display their works for the first time.
Under the "The Opening Stage" program, which will take effect this year, selected artists can receive funds to launch their first publication, exhibition, performance, screening or other public exhibit of their works.
"The first stage is very important in life" and can likely give birth to an artist, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai pointed out.
Lung noted that Lin Hwai-min, founder and artistic director of Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, wrote his first novel in high school, and she believed that the new policy could open doors for artists as young as Lin was when he wrote his novel.
Providing the first platform for an artist to showcase his or her works is as important as spending NT$100 million (US$3.38 million) a year in supporting big-name art groups, the Minister said.
Individuals will be eligible to apply for up to NT$300,000 in subsidies, while companies, schools and other institutions and groups can apply for a maximum of NT$1 million.
A total of NT$13 million in subsidies will be handed out under the program each year subsidize projects ranging from literature, visual arts and music to dance, animation and film.