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The Council has three platforms for interventions in the arts. These are activities that are undertaken with the Council as the main coordinator of the initiative; there are those that are organized by the provincial arts advisory committees (PAAC) and supported by the Council and there are those that are fully initiated and managed by the arts associations and partially supported by the Council.

Artist Development Fund

The Council operates an Arts Development Fund which disburses funds to artists once every quarter. The funds are disbursed by a committee from outside of the Council which processes the applications based on established criteria the funds available. APPLY NOW

Provincial Programmes

The Council has a presence in all ten provinces of Zambia through the following two structures:

  1. Provincial Cultural Office under the Department of Arts and Culture
  2. Provincial Arts Advisory Committees (PAAC)

As provided for in The National Arts Council Act- NAC ACT, Chapter 170,Act No. 31 of 1994


Capacity Building

The Council provides capacity building to the arts through:

  1. Workshops
  2. Travel grants abroad for arts education and events
  3. Advisory services to artists and organizations
  4. Industry linkages for artists



The Council provides supports to festivals of all arts genres. This is because the Council recognizes the importance of festivals to community building and in economic development. The festivals are located in all parts of the country from Nakonde to Lukulu. Find a list here if the festivals the Council supports and a photo album.