The Swedish Arts Council is distributing 881 million SEK from the government’s new crisis support for the arts. The support consists of two grants. The first covers cancelled or postponed cultural events in Sweden due to COVID-19. The second, a new type of grant, provide support for special needs in cultural life.
The Swedish Arts Council will also be able to use funds from the new emergency support towards organisations that have been affected by cancelled international activities.
The application periods are relatively short to allow us time to distribute the contributions before the end of the year. In order to ease the load on our technical systems, different periods have been set for applications depending on the type of cultural activity for which suport are applied.
- Crisis support for cancelled or postponed events: exhibitions, lectures or similar events (in Swedish)
Application period: 15–27 October
- Crisis support for cancelled or postponed events: performance art shows (in Swedish)
Application period: 15–28 October
- Crisis support for cancelled or postponed events: concerts (in Swedish)
Application period: 15–29 October
- Crisis support for special needs in cultural life: visual arts, museums, literature etc. (in Swedish)
Application period: 22 October–3 November
- Crisis support for special needs in cultural life: performance art (in Swedish)
Application period: 22 October–4 November
- Crisis support for special needs in cultural life: music (in Swedish)
Application period: 22 October–5 November
The crisis support in brief
The Swedish Arts Council is distributing 881 million SEK from the government’s new crisis support package for the arts. The crisis support consists of two different contributions for:
- cancelled or postponed cultural events in Sweden due to COVID-19
- special needs in cultural life
Cancelled or postponed cultural events in Sweden due to COVID-19
The Swedish Arts Council is allocating crisis support to organisers of cancelled or postponed cultural events. Contributions can also be applied for by interested parties active in the arts who have worked with or would have taken part in an event.
The crisis support covers public events in Sweden that were cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 between 1 June and 30 September 2020. The guidelines are similar to those given for this spring’s crisis support, but the forms and guidelines have all been updated in order to clarify the process and who is able to apply for which support. However, the government’s regulations for the crisis support remain the same, apart from the new period for applying for contributions.
It is possible to receive contributions to cover a maximum of 75 percent of revenue shortfalls or additional costs up to one million SEK, and a maximum of 50 percent over one million SEK. An organiser or interested party can receive no more than 10 million SEK. It is not possible to apply for support to cover loss of profits.
Special needs in cultural life
The updated government crisis support establishes a completely new form of support allowing a greater variety of organisations and occupational groups to apply. This support is intended to provide relief during the acute financial crisis, stimulate recovery and ensure a wide variety of cultural expression throughout the country.
In other words, the Ministry of Culture has listened to many of the ideas put forward by the industry. To name a few examples, also included now are entities that are important to the arts and whose main income comes from cultural events, such as suppliers of stage equipment. The Swedish Arts Council will also provide support to interested parties who have been affected by the cancellation of international activities.
Questions and answers
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: + 46 (0)8–519 264 01
You may also participate in webinars (in Swedish) where our colleagues talk about the crisis support and go through the application form, allowing plenty of time to answer questions. A recorded and texted (in Swedish) version of the webinars will also be available on our website after the event.
- Watch a recording from the webinar on crisis support for cancelled or postponed events (in Swedish)
- Watch a recording from the webinar with The Swedish Arts Council and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (in Swedish)
- Watch a recording from the webinar on crisis support for special needs in cultural life (in Swedish)
Applying for support from other authorities
Part of the government’s crisis support package for the arts is also distributed by other authorities, such as the Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish Authors’ Fund and the Sami parliament of Sweden.
Further information about the crisis support is available from each relevant authority:
- The Swedish Film Institute
- The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
- The Swedish Authors’ Fund
- The Sami parliament of Sweden
Other entities that also share in the government’s crisis support:
As do the performance arts alliances, consisting of:
Collected information for small businesses
At verksamt.se, information about further support available to entrepreneurs is gathered together from the Swedish Tax Agency, the Swedish Companies Registration Office, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Swedish Public Employment Service. The website provides information about the new reorientation support for private businesses, rent subsidies for vulnerable industries, and more.
See verksamt.se for more information (in Swedish)