Seventeen cultural establishments in the Russian Federation, which achieved great success in attracting extra-budgetary investments and efficiency, have received “Bonus certificates” for 148 million rubles overall. Besides that, this year the evaluation system has improved: now it includes the indicator of the necessity of beneficiaries’ rotation and indicators of efficiency as well as the dynamic in the numbers of viewers and profits of theatres. The information was presented by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky at the Business venue of the V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. He also pointed out, that profits of federal theatres have doubled over four years.
This year the list of beneficiaries was formed in accordance with two criteria: growth of core profits, for example from selling tickets, and the dynamic in the number of viewers over the fiscal period in comparison with the same period of the previous year. This year the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, the Maly Drama Theatre – Theatre of Europe, the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, the Russian Academic Youth Theatre, Vakhtangov Theatre, Natalya Satz Musical Theatre, Volkov Russian Drama Theatre, Pushkin Theatre Centre, Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, Sergey Obraztsov Puppet Theatre, the Alexandrinsky Theatre, the Moscow Philharmonic, Pavel Kogan’s Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Pyatnitsky Russian Folk Chorus, “Vivaldi-orchestra” Russian State Academic Orchestra, Moiseev Folk Dance Ensemble are among this year’s beneficiaries.
First “Bonus certificates” were presented in 2015. Back then the total amount was 135 million rubles, and the money was awarded for increasing the proportion of extra-budgetary funds in total investments. 11 cultural establishments received certificates last year.