SEK 115 million to enhance artistic freedom

To enhance artistic freedom throughout the country, the Government proposes an investment totalling SEK 115 million per year in the Budget Bill for 2018. This investment represents an increase of the grants and remunerations allocated directly to artists, independent performing arts groups and cultural publications.

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To enhance artistic freedom throughout the country, the Government proposes an investment totalling SEK 115 million per year in the Budget Bill for 2018. This investment represents an increase of the grants and remunerations allocated directly to artists, independent performing arts groups and cultural publications.

“Cultural freedom and independent cultural practitioners are essential to all free societies. In a world where those in power are restricting the conditions for independent artists, the Government is moving in the opposite direction,” says Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.

The package to enhance artistic freedom includes the following.

  • Grants and remunerations allocated directly to artists will be increased by SEK 60 million per year. Some of this funding may also be allocated to innovative activities under the Culture Bridge project.
  • The Swedish Arts Council’s appropriations to independent performing arts groups will receive an additional SEK 25 million per year.
  • Independent actors in the area of visual art and design will receive an additional SEK 12 million per year.
  • The Public Art Agency Sweden’s support to artistic design of the shared environment will receive SEK 10 million per year.
  • The Swedish Arts Council’s support for publishing literature and cultural magazines will be increased by SEK 8 million per year.

The Budget Bill for 2018 is based on an agreement between the Government and the Left Party.