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Emergency support and incentives to culture
The Government proposes that the area of culture be allocated an additional SEK 750 million for extended emergency support and incentives in 2021 to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitate the resumption of activities once the situation allows. The proposal is based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
The situation for cultural actors throughout the country remains difficult, and the Government therefore wants to extend the emergency support distributed to public cultural activities, artists and other actors in the area of culture. Most of the emergency support will be distributed by the Swedish Arts Council, which will also distribute support to the regions for regional and local cultural activities. The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Authors’ Fund and the Sami Parliament will also distribute grants. The Government and the institutions distributing the support will provide more information about the details of the support at a later date.
This proposal means that the Government, in cooperation with the Centre Party and the Liberal Party, has proposed a total of SEK 3.53 billion in emergency support and incentives to independent cultural life in 2021.
Alongside previously announced support, this proposal is a lifeline for these actors, as well as being essential to their planning and production ahead of a resumption of activities. In April, the Government also presented support to organisers of events that have to be cancelled or considerably limited due to the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government will announce the details of this support in due course.
The Government intends to present proposals on extended support to the Riksdag in a coming amending budget.