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Factsheet for case NO-2021-6/1808 – measures in Norway

Allocation to existing schemes in the cultural sector

165 millioner kroner til etablerte ordninger i kultursektoren

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 03 February 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Case created 06 April 2021 (updated 04 May 2021)

Background information

The 3 February 2021, the Government announced an allocation of €16.4 million (NOK 165 million) for stimulation through existing measures and schemes in the cultural sector. The funds are distributed to measures and schemes within the film field, the visual arts field, the Norwegian Cultural Council, and as compensation to licensees for loss of remuneration income in 2020. The aim is to support actors, practitioners and companies in the cultural sector that are hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Content of measure

With an allocation of €16.4 million to existing schemes in the cultural sector, the Government want to stimulate and compensate actors and companies that try to keep the wheels turning during a still very demanding situation under the COVID-19 pandemic. The allocation will strengthening measures and schemes in the existing policy instruments, and also compensate for parts of the loss that licensees have had in 2020 as a result of the loss of royalties. The funding is distributed as follows:

  • NOK 50 million to the Norwegian Cultural Council, divided into NOK 30 million to the Norwegian Cultural Fund, NOK 10 million to the Fund for Sound and Vision and NOK 10 million to the Business Development Scheme.
  • NOK 10 million to KORO, which is responsible for production, collection management and public-engagement activities relating to art in public buildings and other public settings.
  • NOK 15 million for the purchase of art at 15 museums.
  • NOK 3 million for exhibition fees.
  • NOK 5 million for dissemination of art in the regions through Regional project funds, which is managed by the Art Centres in Norway.
  • NOK 40 million is allocated to Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) and distributed to schemes in the Norwegian Film Fund, including funds that will promote film shooting in Norway.
  • NOK 2 million is allocated to ISFI and stimulation grants are earmarked for Sami feature films
  • Up to NOK 40 million to licensee organizations TONO (the Norwegian collection society/performing rights organization) and Gramo (for administration of the financial rights of performing artists and record companies).

Use of measure

No information.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Solo-self-employed
Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No information on social partners involvment.

Views and reactions

No information.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2021), Allocation to existing schemes in the cultural sector, case NO-2021-6/1808 (measures in Norway), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.