The department undertakes statistical and qualitative studies and obtains information both via the discussion platforms in the Artist’s Guide and through meetings with other government agencies and organisations.
In recent years, the Arts Grants Committee’s role as a partner on various government assignments and as a referral body has been strengthened. In all matters, it adopts the perspective of artist benefit. Artist-related developments at EU and international level are also monitored.
The department is responsible for assembling the Committee’s policy documents, annual reports, budget data, referrals and statements, for conducting follow-ups and evaluations and for developing procedures for these tasks in the Arts Grants Committee operation.
Study into compliance with the ‘one per cent rule’ and other forms of cooperation associated with the artistic design of the public environment. The study seeks to determine how much is being invested in public art, how this work is organised and what conditions are like for the artists engaged in such assignments.
Cooperation with government agencies and NGOs
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee provides ongoing information on conditions for artists in Sweden, and its staff are frequently invited as experts to seminars, debates and information meetings. As part of its remit to monitor artists’ conditions, the Committee regularly meets not only with the Ministry of Culture and the Riksdag’s Committee on Cultural Affairs but also with government agencies such as the National Council for Cultural Affairs, Music Development and Heritage Sweden, the National Public Art Council and the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis.
The Committee also meets with other institutions and organisations such as KLYS (the Swedish Joint Committee for Artistic and Literary Professionals), individual artists’ organisations, art-oriented institutions of higher education, arts centres and Swedish Performing Arts etc.
In addition, to track the prevailing financial and social situation for artists, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee has established an agency dialogue with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, with the Swedish Tax Agency and with the Arbetsförmedlingen employment service’s culture and media section.
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee has been assigned by the Government to make available both information and guidance on artists’ conditions in relation to the tax and social security system, and has consequently built up a website to provide easy access to current information in this area. The site, entitled the Artist’s Guide, offers clear, straightforward information. In content, it largely provides links to other agencies’ own information, but it also spotlights certain specific situations that may be typical for artistic creators.
The Guide is updated twice a year in order to keep abreast of new regulations and legislative changes. A thorough review of the content is currently under way.