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The Swedish Arts Grants Committee supports professional practitioners in the field of dance by various forms of grants and allowances. Within the framework of dance and theatre, applications from performance, circus and other artists are also processed. The Arts Grants Committee allocates some eight million SEK annually to professional practitioners in the field of dance.

The decisions on support for the field of dance are taken by either the working party for theatre, dance and film artists or the Board of the Arts Grants Committee. The working party decides about project grants, working grants and the Birgit Cullberg Grant, wheras the Committee´s  board decides about supports concerning international activities after proposals from the advisory board for the International Dance Programme. Long-term grants and state income guarantees are awarded by the Board of the Committee after proposals from the working party.

The working party comprises twelve members appointed by the Board of the Committee. The members are active professional practitioners in theatre, dance or film, including stage directors, dancers, film makers and producers etc. The advisory board for the International Dance Programme comprises three members.

Application assessments are based on criteria stipulated by parliament: artistic practice and quality as well as financial need. In addition, representatives of different genres and techniques should be among the grant recipients.

Individuals who are currently receiving an education in the arts, for example at an art college, are not entitled to grants or allowances. In order to receive a grant or an allowance, the applicant's main artistic practice must be in Sweden or he or she must be a permanent resident of Sweden. Financial support is intended for practising artists, primarily those not in permanent employment.

The Arts Grants Committee only awards grants and allowances to individual artists. Groups/companies/similar constellations are referred to the Swedish Arts Council (Statens Kulturråd).

Application forms in English are available under Applications


Updated: 2016-08-09 Tell a friend