One of many ways in which the Austrian monarchy supported the arts, was a system of Arts Grants. They were awarded for poetry, the arts and music composition. The article publishes documents relating to the Arts Grants, awarded between 1892-1898, surviving in the State Archives in Vinna (Osterreichisches Staatsarchiv Wien / Allgemeines Verwaltungsarchiv). The members of the music composition evaluation commission were in those years Eduard Hanslick, Johannes Brahms and Karl Goldmark. The documents published here show clearly, how, in the years of escalating nationalistic tensions in the monarchy, the balance between the individual lands under the Habsburg crown was strictly observed, also in relation to the languages spoken there. The published documents give information about the applications of the composers Josef Suk, Vitezslav Novak, Karel Weis, Ludvik Kuba and other composers from Bohemia, and also other artists from other nations. Also included are short biographies of the applicants, providing that information relating to them was available.
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