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Sweden to set aside 80m kr for Covid-secure events

The Swedish government has revealed how the previously announced 1.5bn kr crisis support fund for culture will be distributed

By IQ on 08 Oct 2020

Minister for culture, Amanda Lind, revealed details of the fund's distribution

Minister for culture, Amanda Lind, revealed details of the fund's distribution


image © Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

The Swedish government has published a decision on how the extra 1.5bn kr in crisis support for culture will be dispersed.

The live music sector will be granted a total of 881m kr, to be distributed by The State Council for Culture and the Swedish Arts Council.

A portion of that, 80m kr, will be set aside for arranging cultural events under Covid-secure restrictions this year, now that organisers “have the knowledge and commitment to be able to carry out events in a safe manner”.

Up to 400 million kr, will be distributed to organisers as compensation for lost revenue from cancelled or postponed events, following the same protocol as the initial package released in spring.

The new compensation covers the period from June to September and is dependant upon the European Commission’s approval.

“Organisers now have the knowledge and commitment to be able to carry out events in a safe manner”

The package will also enable the Swedish Arts Council to distribute support to professionals whose income depends on live events such as sound, light and stage technicians.

The remaining money from the support fund will be distributed across the cultural sector to organisations including The Film Institute, The Artists’ Committee and The Authors’ Fund.

The news of the distribution comes after the Swedish government proposed an exception to its current coronavirus restrictions which would permit events with a seated audience of up to 500 participants, one metre apart.

The proposition is due to be confirmed today and implemented on 15 October, provided the country’s infection rate doesn’t worsen.

The government previously confirmed that today, restaurants, restaurants and cafés will no longer be restricted by the 50-person limit. Concerts held in restaurants were previously affected not only by the requirements of restaurants but also by the ban on public gatherings and public events, causing confusion.

 


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