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The Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the Swedish Authors’ Fund to distribute crisis funds to culture
The Government has taken a decision on how the SEK 500 million crisis package to culture is to be allocated and on the terms of the support, including by adopting a new ordinance on state aid for cultural events that have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.
Cultural activities and cultural creators throughout the country have been hit hard financially through lost income opportunities due to COVID-19. The Government, together with the Centre Party and the Liberal Party, have proposed that SEK 500 million be set aside for culture for stakeholders that have lost income due to the situation resulting from the COVID-19 virus and, on 8 April, the Riksdag adopted the proposal in an additional amending budget.
Distribution of the support
The Swedish Arts Council will distribute the majority of the funds, SEK 370 million, to large and small cultural activities that lose income as a result of events being cancelled or are affected by additional costs as a result of events being postponed. The Swedish Film Institute will distribute SEK 50 million in the area of film, primarily to cinemas and film festivals that are affected financially by the prevailing situation. The Swedish Arts Grants Committee will distribute SEK 70 million and the Swedish Authors’ Fund will distribute SEK 10 million to individual cultural creators in the form of grants.
In addition to the crisis package of SEK 500 million, the agencies allocating the funds have also adapted their regular support provision to the prevailing situation.
The agencies will provide details about the applications procedure at a later date.