The Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development is responsible for supervising and promoting Taiwan's film, broadcasting, television and popular music sectors. It is also the top authority governing the import of audiovisual and music materials from China.
The production value of Taiwan's audiovisual and music industry was NT$156.53 billion (US$5.27 billion) in 2011. To drive the continuous growth of the creative sector, the Bureau provides a comprehensive set of subsidies and funding programs.
Subsidies for film include funding for the production of scripts and feature films, while expenses such as marketing and screening can also be reimbursed. The Bureau also rewards local works that have been nominated or that have won awards in international film festivals such as the Cannes International Film Festival, the Academy Awards, and the Berlin International Film Festival.
When it comes to broadcasting and television productions, the Bureau offers incentives for educational programs that cast senior actors and actresses or feature one of Taiwan's many languages. Production crews also receive money to travel if their works are accepted by international festivals such as the New York Video Festival, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and the Melbourne International Animation Festival.
Subsidies for pop music enables Taiwanese artists and bands to participate in international music events, to perform in more venues, to improve their business models and to produce new music. The Bureau also provides funding to new acts, talent hunt programs and websites that promote digital music.
To commend top contributors to the nation's audiovisual and pop music industry, the Bureau also organizes the Golden Bell Awards for television productions, the Golden Melody Awards for popular music, the Golden Indie Music Awards for original music and the Golden Horse Awards for film.