Sorry for threadhijacking, but, Line, could you please tell me more about this? I'm from Germany as well and haven't heard about this government-sponsoring-artists thing (unless you mean social welfare/unemployment money).Let's get some things straight. Germany, where Algen lives, has quite a few things going for it but in this case two are most important.
1)There are institutions to study and the tuition is covered by the govenrment.
2)The government funds you if you are an artist. They pay your rent, your bills and give a salary, so you're off concentrating on getting better, nothing bothering your mind.