Reallocation of financial support to the creative arts
During the spring, the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberals presented several crisis packages to support culture in response to the new coronavirus. The proposals included SEK 500 million for event organisers and independent artists to mitigate the economic impact of the crisis.
Of this, SEK 370 million has been allocated by the Swedish Arts Council to support cancelled or postponed events, and SEK 80 million has been distributed to individuals involved in the creative arts. Some of the applications received by the Swedish Arts Council for compensation for lost revenue due to cancelled or postponed cultural events, do not fulfil the criteria of support which means that a part of the Swedish Arts Councils funds remain. The remaining SEK 35 million is now instead being reallocated as an extra crisis support to individual artists involved in the field of creative arts.
SEK 20 million will go towards strengthening support and grants to individual cultural creators and artists who have been severely impacted during the crisis. These funds will be distributed by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. The Performing Arts Alliances will also be supported with SEK 15 million, to help prevent individual artists working in the cultural sector unemployment as a result of the difficult financial situation. The Performing Arts Alliances are important in providing financial and social security to individuals working in the field, and are vital for strengthening the range of cultural experiences and artistic development in Sweden.