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Crisis support for the arts.

Spring crisis support

Both application rounds for crisis support are now closed. 1,300 have applied for crisis support for cancelled and postponed events and we received 2,900 applications for crisis support for special needs. In the coming weeks, all applications will be processed and decisions are scheduled to be made in May.

The spring crisis support in brief

Both application rounds for the Swedish Arts Council’s crisis support are now closed. We have received many applications and the total amount applied for corresponds to SEK 4 billion. We now have just over four thousand applications to review. Music and performing arts make up a majority of the applications. Decisions on the distribution of grants are scheduled to be made in May.

Cancelled or postponed events

Crisis support can be provided for cancelled and postponed cultural events that have been cancelled or postponed because they are covered by the regulations prohibiting public gatherings and public events issued by the Government or a county administrative board to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The event must also have been organised for the public and have been publicised or adopted in an activities plan. The intended event must have been scheduled to take place between 1 October and 31 December 2020.

To be eligible for the support, the events must be planned to take place in Sweden with professional cultural stakeholders. Culture must be the main purpose of the event, such as concerts, performing arts performances, lectures in, for example, theatre, dance, music, literature, or visual arts.

Special needs in cultural life

Grants can be applied for by legal persons and sole traders who conduct cultural activities of a professional nature or are significant to the cultural area and who have their main income from cultural events or conduct promotional activities in the cultural area.

Grants can also be applied for by actors who engage in amateur cultural activities or the activities of national minorities if the activities are deemed to have national cultural policy significance.

Applicants must be active and registered in Sweden.



You may also participate in webinars (in Swedish) where our colleagues talk about the crisis support and go through the application form. A recorded and texted (in Swedish) version of the webinars will also be available on our website after the event. 


More information about the support is available from each public authority.

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.

Other stakeholders who also receive part of the Government's crisis package:

And the performance arts alliances, consisting of:

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)

Information from the Government
At regeringen.se/foretag, there is information on the measures that the Government is taking to mitigate the consequences of the virus outbreak for jobs and businesses in Sweden. The information on the page is continuously updated as measures are taken. For business-owners due to COVID-19 

Reorientation support in May and June
To save more jobs and businesses, the regular reorientation support is extended to include May and June 2021. The extension of the ordinary reorientation support means that the support will now cover the period between March 2020 and June 2021, meaning a total of 16 months.

The Government is working to ensure that the extended support can become effective as soon as possible after the end of each support period. Like before, the support must be approved by the European Commission before becoming effective.
Read the press release from the Ministry of Finance