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Parts of the budget concerning culture
The Government proposes the following investments in culture in the additional amending budget, the autumn amending budget and the Budget Bill for 2021. The Government’s proposals are based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
SEK 1.5 billion extra for culture this year
SEK 1.5 billion of additional support is being invested in culture in 2020. This money will help to ensure that an infrastructure for culture is maintained throughout the country, that cultural creators who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic can continue to support themselves, and that the cultural sector is given a chance to recover.
This support will both compensate for the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on cultural life and help cultural life to start up again. Some of the money will be used as support for creating conditions for events that are safe in terms of preventing infection and for facilitating the production of culture during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It is important that the support now being allocated is disbursed widely and contributes to both emergency crisis measures and the restart of cultural life.
This support is included in the additional amending budget to be presented to the Riksdag shortly.
Government to introduce stimulation billion for culture
SEK 1 billion will be allocated in 2021 to adapt and restart cultural activities throughout the country.
The Government will provide more information at a later date about how this support will be distributed.
Permanent reinforcement of regional culture
The Government proposes a reinforcement of regional cultural activities throughout the country by strengthening the cultural cooperation model to the tune of SEK 300 million in 2021 and SEK 150 million in subsequent years.
Regional culture is an important part of Sweden’s cultural life and very meaningful to people’s everyday lives up and down the country. This money will help to strengthen cultural infrastructure throughout the country in the form of theatres, opera houses, regional museums, visual art and design activities, regional libraries, orchestras, concert houses, dance activities, promotion of film and handicrafts, and some archive activities.
The cultural cooperation model also helps to strengthen the labour market for artists and cultural creators and to increase public sector actors’ collaboration with civil society and professional cultural creators.
The money will be distributed through the cultural cooperation model, which means that the regions decide themselves how central government funding is to be distributed in their county.
Permanent investment to strengthen conditions of cultural creators
The Government proposes that SEK 80 million be allocated each year from 2021 to strengthen the conditions of cultural creators throughout the country.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the conditions of professional cultural creators. At the same time, it has shed light on how difficult the conditions were even before the pandemic. Creating better conditions for cultural creators to support themselves and develop their art is one of the Government’s most important cultural policy priorities. If cultural creators are not able to earn a living, this has a negative impact on culture throughout the country.
Of this SEK 80 million, SEK 43 million will go to reinforcing grants and remuneration that are distributed directly to cultural creators. The Swedish Arts Council’s appropriations to independent performing arts groups will receive an additional SEK 16 million and independent actors in the area of visual art and design will receive an additional SEK 6 million within the framework of the investment. In order to strengthen cultural creators’ opportunities in the labour market, culture centres will also receive SEK 5 million and performing arts alliances will receive SEK 10 million.
More art purchases next year
The Government proposes an investment of SEK 50 million to increase state purchases of art in 2021.
Sweden’s artistic life, including visual art and design artists, has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has also affected the infrastructure around these artists, such as galleries that represent artists.
This investment includes support to infrastructure in the area of art, such as galleries. Above all, it enables individual artists to be paid for their artistic activities, while the general public gains access to more art.
This investment includes SEK 25 million each to the National Public Art Council and Moderna Museet.
Support to museums
Central museums, government agencies and foundations
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on Sweden’s museums. Some museums have remained completely closed for part of the year, whereas others have opened but had considerably fewer visitors than usual. This has had a financial impact on important museum activities.
The Government is now allocating SEK 25 million to the central museums that are foundations: Nordiska museet, Skansen, the National Museum of Science and Technology, and the Museum of Work.
The Government is allocating SEK 28 million to Nationalmuseum, the National Historical Museums, Moderna Museet and the Swedish Museum of Natural History in this year’s autumn amending budget.
This is to alleviate the financial effect of the COVID-19 pandemic due to loss of revenue.
This support is to alleviate the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to make it easier to restart activities. It is important for museums to be able to continue running their activities both physically and digitally during the pandemic – and that these activities can continue once the pandemic is over.
The Jewish Museum
Permanent financing of SEK 2 million per year for the Jewish Museum from 2021
The Jews are one of Sweden’s five national minorities. The languages and cultures of the national minorities being made visible in society as part of our shared cultural heritage is an important part of the Government’s national minorities policy. In just a short period of time, the Jewish Museum has become an increasingly important societal actor working to make Jewish culture accessible and spread knowledge about it. The museum is experiencing a difficult financial situation and the Government is therefore now strengthening its financing.
The Government proposes that Form/Design Center in Malmö be allocated SEK 3 million per year from 2021. The temporary state grant to Form/Design Center, which has been paid over a period of three years, will now become permanent.
This permanent grant will now give Form/Design Center even better conditions and greater opportunities to continue its work as a meeting place and hub for architecture, design and applied art in southern Sweden.
Government to strengthen the National Archives
The Government proposes that the National Archives’ appropriation increase by SEK 20 million per year from 2021.
The National Archives is a key actor for Swedish public sector information management, for maintaining our collective memory and for preserving our cultural heritage. The National Archives is also an invaluable resource for research. This is why it is important that the National Archives can rely on functioning financing.
The National Archives has had a deficit, which also shows the need for strengthened financing.
Government investing in children’s access to culture
The Government is investing in children’s access to culture and creativity by doubling the state grant to municipal culture schools and reinforcing Creative Schools.
The state grant to culture schools will be doubled to SEK 200 million in 2021–2023. Municipal culture schools reach children and young people throughout the country. They are unique places where thousands of children and young people learn to play an instrument, do drama or in other ways get the opportunity to develop artistically together with others. Culture schools play an important role for both individuals and Sweden’s cultural life.
All municipalities that run culture schools can apply for the culture school grant. Grant applications are processed by the Swedish Arts Council.
The Creative Schools initiative will be allocated SEK 25 million per year during the period 2021–2023. In many respects, Creative Schools is a successful and established initiative for culture in schools and benefits many children and pupils throughout the country.
The grant has been in place since 2008 and has two main objectives: to help ensure the long-term integration of cultural and artistic expression in schools, and to increase professional cultural activities for and with children and pupils.
The further reinforcement of Creative Schools gives the initiative the conditions to be developed further and to increase access to all forms of cultural expression and opportunities for children’s own creativity. Research shows that cultural practice among children and young people tends to decline with age. This is why the Government wants the grant to cover preschool class, compulsory school and equivalent school forms in future.
Implementation of the Reading Delegation’s proposals
The Government proposes that SEK 55 million be allocated in 2021 and SEK 75 million per year in 2022–2023 for the implementation of the Reading Delegation’s proposals. This investment is permanent and will total SEK 45 million from 2024.
Reading and literacy are very important for both society and individuals. Ultimately this is a matter of democracy and equality in terms of access to education and culture, and in terms of being able to take one’s place in society and, as a citizen, taking part in the democratic conversation.
Since 2015, the Swedish Arts Council has been running an initiative for young children’s language and reading development called Bokstart (Book Start). The Government proposes that SEK 15 million be allocated in 2021 and SEK 20 million per year from 2022 for an expansion of Bokstart.
A boost for reading promotion for public librarians will be introduced. This initiative will provide continuing professional development in the promotion of literature and reading, with a special focus on reading among children and young people. It is proposed that SEK 15 million be allocated for 2021 and SEK 30 million per year for 2022 and 2023 for this training initiative for librarians.
A reading council to bring together reading promotion actors from different parts of society will be established, and the Government estimates that SEK 10 million per year will be allocated for this from 2021. Moreover, the Government proposes that SEK 15 million per year be allocated from 2021 for the Swedish Arts Council’s reading promotion work. The reading council should be given the opportunity to provide views on how reading promotion work should be designed.
Continued investment in more resources for libraries
The Government proposes investing SEK 150 million in 2021 and SEK 75 million per year in 2022 and 2023 in more resources for libraries.
Public libraries around the country are very important to people in their local communities in that they both provide literature and act as meeting places. Libraries are also the most important reading promotion actor outside schools. Investing in more resources for libraries also means investing in more reading.
Libraries must be accessible for all. Over 90 per cent of the country’s 290 municipalities have applied and received approval for grants within the framework of more resources for libraries for the period 2018–2020. The Government is therefore allocating SEK 150 million in 2021 and SEK 75 million per year in 2022 and 2023 as a continuation of the investment in more resources for libraries.
Reading initiative to be extended
All pupils must acquire more skills and knowledge. It is crucial that schools equip all pupils with good reading comprehension skills if children and young people are to complete their studies and become established in the labour market. But there are currently major gaps between groups in terms of both reading comprehension and interest in reading. It is therefore proposed that SEK 25 million per year be allocated up to 2023 for this initiative to promote the reading skills of all pupils.