“The interest in the grant has been great, we have received applications double what we can distribute, which is a clear signal that Kultursverige is ready to start up again,” says Kajsa Ravin, Director General of the Swedish Arts Council, in a press release.
A total of 2,013 applications were received for a total amount of SEK 1,530 million. Just over a third of the approved applications come from organizers who together can receive approximately 40 percent of the funds. Applications that have been granted include new tours, performances, concerts and the restart of festivals that could not be carried out during the pandemic.
The Swedish Arts Council has also given support to new collaborations to reach the audience again.
“Several testify that the audience has not found their way back to the stages and cultural meeting places after the pandemic. Through the restart grant, we see that many, both through new collaborations but also with new productions make culture available throughout the country, which is important,” says Kajsa Ravin.
Svensk Live, Konstfrämjandet and Bygdegårdarnas riksförbund are some of the actors that have been granted funding. Digitization initiatives and projects for children and young people have also been prioritized.
Together with previous crisis support, the Swedish Arts Council has now distributed approximately SEK 4.5 billion to cultural activities that have been affected in various ways by the pandemic.