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Several museums and venues to receive funding in advance to manage effects of the coronavirus
Government funding for certain institutions will be paid in advance in order to boost their liquidity in the situation that has arisen due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
Many museums, arts venues and cultural institutions are dependent on ticket revenue and other sales in order to continue operating. The new restrictions regarding public gatherings, recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and changes in people’s behaviour due to the spread of the new coronavirus have led to fewer visitor numbers and thus a sharp decline in revenue, and greater risk of acute lack of liquidity.
“In a matter of just a few weeks, many museums, arts venues and institutions have seen a huge drop in visitors for which no-one was prepared. This has led to a significant drop in revenue and concern about the future. Bringing forward the payment of grants for several cultural institutions that receive state support is an important decision and should be regarded in the context of a package of measures decided upon by the Government given the current situation. Not having to wait for state support should provide some relief during the crisis,” says Minister for Culture, Amanda Lind.
The decision relates to the Swedish Legal Financial and Administrative Services Agency’s payments to certain state-funded institutions. The Government continues with its efforts to survey needs arising as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus.
The organisations affected are:
- Form/Design Center
- The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design
- Kungliga Dramatiska teatern (Royal Dramatic Theatre)
- Kungliga Operan (Royal Swedish Opera)
- Carl and Olga Milles’ Lidingöhem Foundation
- The foundation Dance Museum Fund
- Nordic Museum Foundation
- Prins Eugen’s Waldemarsudde Foundation
- Skansen Foundation
- Strindberg Museum Foundation
- National Museum of Science and Technology Foundation
- Thiel Gallery Foundation
- Voksenåsen AS
Press Secretary to the Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Amanda Lind
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