SEK 150 million for culture in Sweden
The Government, the Centre Party and the Liberals are proposing an investment of SEK 150 million to strengthen cultural life and the cultural infrastructure across Sweden in 2020. The funding will be allocated via the Swedish Cultural Cooperation Model - a model for cooperation and funding of culture between the Government, regions and municipalities.
Cultural life across Sweden has been severely affected by the new coronavirus, as cultural activities in many ways are reliant of people physically coming together. The proposed investment of SEK 150 million for regional and local culture will support the cultural infrastructure across Sweden during the crisis. It encompasses institutions and activities such as concert halls, theatres, museums, libraries, private archives, and much more.
The allocation to the regions will be managed by the Swedish Arts Council, which is already responsible for allocating grants to regional cultural activities within Swedish Cultural Cooperation Model. Subsequently, the regions have the freedom and responsibility to allocate the funds within their county.
Certain activities in the region of Stockholm which are not included in the Swedish Cultural Cooperation Model, will also receive a part of the funding. These activities receive some government funding every year, but through other means than the Swedish Cultural Cooperation Model.