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The Swedish Arts Grants Committee´s works in two fields: “Grants and Allowances” and “Working Life and Conditions”.

“Grants and Allowances” is the branch of activity that encompasses the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s direct financial support to professional practising artists in the areas of theatre, dance, film, music, visual art and design. The main purpose of the financial support is to provide freelance artists with the opportunity to develop their artistic practice.

The conditions for professional artists are monitored in our branch of activity “Working Life and Conditions”. The Arts Grants Committee is commissioned to see that artists are treated equally in their dealings with the Tax Agency (Skatteverket), the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) and other sections of the welfare system.
Grants and Allowances
Financial support to artists is mainly allocated as working grants, project grants and allowances for international cultural exchange. Several of the support forms are specially designed to answer to the needs within specific artistic areas. Almost 7,000 applications are processed every year and some 1,600 practising artists receive some kind of grant or allowance in the same time-span. The Arts Grants Committee allocates 110 million SEK per annum in the form of grants and allowances.
The Arts Grants Committee is increasing its support for international exchange. The area of visual art and design is covered by the Arts Grants Committee’s international programme, Iaspis, which is responsible for grants, studio residencies, public programmes, exhibitions and publications. The International Dance Programme is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for dance artists. The programme encompasses grants, residencies and collaborative projects in Sweden and abroad. During the period 2012–2014, the Arts Grants Committee has a government remit to develop a programme of international cultural exchange in the area of music.
Currently The Swedish Arts Grants Committee benefit 116 state income guarantees to artists in the field of visual art, music, theater, dance and film. The Swedish Authors' Fund benefit guarantees to writers and translators. State income guarantees are for lifetime.

The Swedish parliament decided on 26 May 2010, to phase out state guaranteed income for artists. Those who now holds a warranty is not affected by the decision, but no new income guarantees will be granted. When funds are released in the guarantee program they will be transferred to form long-term scholarships.

Working Life and Conditions
The Arts Grants Committee executes studies and inquiries into the working conditions and financial situation of practising artists. The published findings form basic data for the government’s proposals for its policy regarding artists.
Many artists encounter problems in their dealings with government agencies such as the Tax Agency (Skatteverket) and the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). Rules and their implementation do not always make allowances for artists’ special circumstances of alternating between self-employed work, executing commissions and employment. In order to assist artists, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee has compiled The Artists’ Guide (Konstnärsguiden) with information pertaining to artists’ particular requirements in regard to self-employment, taxes, parental leave, housing allowances, etc.
A detailed description of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s activities may be found in its annual report.
Updated: 2014-07-22 Tell a friend