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On March 2, the Swedish Arts Council will send a summary to the government of the agency's work with crisis support. This applies to both support for cancelled and postponed events as well as for special needs in cultural life during the pandemic.
This report summarises the Swedish Arts Council's work with the crisis support that the authority has distributed for cancelled and postponed events as well as for special needs in cultural life. In 2020, the Swedish Arts Council distributed a total of SEK 1,172,383,775 for these purposes.
The holes in cultural life caused by the pandemic will worsen if the restrictions continue. The worst affected are Sweden's theatres and concert halls, where sales have decreased by over 60 percent. The Arts Council is today requesting new support money from the government, writes Kajsa Ravin and Svante Weyler.
The Swedish Arts Council now receives an extra SEK 378 million to distribute. SEK 150 million is earmarked for cancelled and postponed events between October-December 2020.
Two major rounds of crisis support have been administered at the same time as the regular grant distribution has been running in parallel. In total, the Swedish Arts Council distributed SEK 3.9 billion in grants for cultural life in 2020.
The Covid 19 pandemic has greatly affected cultural life. However, the crisis support for cancelled cultural events has only to a certain extent met the needs that have arisen in the field of literature. Therefore, the Swedish Arts Council strengthens its support for literature by a total of SEK 23.2 million.