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Here you will find a list of Swedish Arts Grants Committee's publications in English.


Foreign background – Distribution of grants and subsidies to individual artists in 2016
Do artists with backgrounds in countries other than Sweden have the same prerequisites for being professionals as artists of Swedish background? The Arts Council has examined how it relates to the artists who apply for scholarships and grants, or who are awarded grants.


A study of artists’ working environment. Results of a survey from 2016 addressed to artists in the fields of visual and applied Artists, dance, film, music, words and theater.

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Artists in Sweden: Demographics, Earnings and Social Status 2016. A report on creators and practitioners in the arts in 2014 based on gender, age, income, business activity, residence, non-Swedish background, education and social background.

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The Artists and the Arts Industries – an anthology

The Swedish Arts Grants Committee is today publishing an anthology entitled ‘Artists and the Arts Industries’, focusing on the role of the artist in the cultural and creative industries. The anthology includes contributions from well-known international and Swedish writers such as Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Ylva Gislén, Angela McRobbie, Kate Oakley and Klas Östergren. In her introduction, Ingrid Elam, Dean of the Arts Grants Committee Board and editor of the anthology, summarises both the role of the artist in the cultural and creative industries from different perspectives and the relevance of the cultural economy for the artist’s situation.

Download the bilingual anthology here >>. 

Artists’ income series - summaries

The Swedish Arts Grants Committee has published three studies on artists´ income.

The first,  Artists´income, was published 2009. The second,   Artists´ income from a Gender Equality Perspective, was published 2010. And the third, Employment, Labour market, and Income; Time Allocation and Earning Patterns of Swedish Artist was published 2011. 

Download English summaries here.  

Part 1 - Artists’ income

The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, in collaboration with Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån, SCB), has published a study of artists’ income. Within cultural policy, artists are singled out as a professional group whose social and economic conditions have been the subject of several inquiries, reports and analyses carried out by government agencies, universities and artists’ organisations. This study should be regarded as a contribution to an essential survey aiming to clarify circumstances for artistic practice in Sweden today.

The study accounts for SCB’s basic data of income information for the tax years 2004 and 2005 for approximately 21 500 Swedish artists. These have been divided into 22 different professional categories (from visual artists to translators) and in certain cases into seven areas of art. 

Download the Swedish report here >> 

Part 2 - A Survey of Artists’ Income from a Gender Perspective
- Economy, Work, and Family Life

The aim of the report is to shed light on the current economic gender balance in the arts by analysing the income, assets and transfers of female and male practitioners. This material shows the number of women and men working professionally in the arts, their total earnings from employment and self-employment, the composition of their earned income and how it is distributed according to level of education, plus their income from capital, property and transfers. By showing the average number of children that professionally active women and men in the arts have, the report also examines the relationship between self-support, work and family life.

Commissioner: Marita Flisbäck

Download the English report here (pdf-file)

Part 3 - Employment, Labour Market and Income 

This third and final interim report on the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s research project on artists’ incomes and working conditions in Sweden. The main part of the report presents the results of an investigation into the working patterns and time allocation of professionally practicing Swedish artists: how much of their working time they devote to their principal artistic occupation compared to time spent at work that is non-creative but arts-related and work that is entirely non-arts-related, and how this affects their incomes in each case. In addition, the report looks at artists’ labour market situation, focusing especially on the experience of career interruptions and unemployment among the artists studied.

Download the Swedish report here >>

Study of the conditions of composers

A survey about the conditions of composers; their number, working conditions, labour market (national and international) and financial situation.

Commissioner: Fredrik Österling

The Swedish report may be downloaded as a pdf-file  here >>. 

Exhibition Fees

Survey of how the exhibition fee functions in the areas of visual and design art The government agreement that is the basis of the fee has been renegotiated. The Swedish Arts Council and the artists’ organisations have signed a new agreement based on a number of new rules. The agreement was approved by the government in the autumn of 2008 and came into effect on 1 January 2009.

Commissioners: Nils Johansson and Ann Traber. Illustrations: Magnus Bard

The Swedish survey may be downloaded as a pdf file here  >>

Artists and cultural policy

A study of artists, cultural policy and the labour market. Commissioner: Per Svenson

The Swedish survey may be downloaded as a pdf file here >>

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