Norway’s struggling composers and songwriters to receive nearly 45 million kroner in pandemic support

ConcertPhoto: Sara Johannessen Meek / NTB

Financially struggling songwriters and composers will receive nearly NOK 45 million in pandemic compensation from the Government in the latest round of support for the arts and cultural sectors.

Government wants to safeguard cultural sector

The government has announced pandemic-related compensation, for Norwegian songwriters and composers, to the tune of NOK 44.8 million. This money will cover approximately 70% of the financial losses that these struggling artists have made since the pandemic first interrupted normal cultural life back in 2020.

Announcing the relief in a press release, Anette Trettebergstuen (AP), Minister of Culture and Gender Equality, noted the hard times many had faced in recent years. She noted that,”The government is concerned with safeguarding the entire cultural sector in the wake of the pandemic. Songwriters, composers, and other rights holders have experienced large loss of income when their works have not been performed, and now we will compensate them with 45 million kroner.”

The latest recipients of the funds are Tono (receiving NOK 34 million for further redistribution), Gramo (NOK 7 million), and the Dramatists Association (NOK 3.3 million).

Trettebergstuen also noted that the government is monitoring the situation in the arts and cultural sector closely as it has experienced sluggish demand since society reopened earlier this year.

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