Temporary artist subsidy for artists who have combination incomes

Due to the extraordinary COVID-19 situation, the Ministry of Culture wants to support professional artists with compensation for lost income for their artistic work. The scheme will cover the period from 9 March through 8 July 2020.

* Note: The scheme will be open for applications on 15 May. Applications are processed and paid on an ongoing basis. The application deadline is 08 June 2020, at 23:59.

Who may apply?

Professional artists who are significantly involved with the Danish artistic scene within architecture, the visual arts, films, literature, handicrafts and design, music, dramatic art and other comparable artistic areas.

In order to apply to the fund, you must:

  • Be able to document a total income taxed at source [A-indkomst] and income not taxed at source [B-indkomst], as well as taxable profit from independent business of between DKK 100,000 and DKK 800,000 from artistic business, corresponding to at least DKK 8,333 and a maximum of DKK 66,667 monthly on the average from your artistic business. The income must be documented for at least one of the last three years based on your annual tax returns from 2017, 2018 and 2019.

If you are a recent graduate of an artistic educational programme that entitles you to benefit from the Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark within the last three years, you can submit a tax return from one year.

You must have a Danish civil registration (CPR) number in order to apply to the scheme.

In addition, you must:

  • Be able to render probable a loss of income for professional artistic work during the period 9 March - 8 June 2020 or the period 9 March – 8 July 2020, based on the consequences of COVID-19.

The loss of income must at least comprise 30% of the total income taxed at source and income not taxed at source, as well as taxable profit from artistic business from your artistic income for the period.

  • Support your application with a solemn declaration that you comply with all of the requirements, including that you have not applied for or received compensation from the government’s other general stimulus packages and compensation schemes. And that you are not entitled to other public subsidies, including, for example, income maintenance, but with the exception of early retirement benefits, state pension and supplementary income maintenance. Supplementary income maintenance is deducted from the amount of compensation.

You can apply for compensation for loss of income based on professional artistic work. This may be in the form of:

  • Lack of sales of works, books, etc.
  • Cancelled concerts, appearances and performances, etc.
  • Cancelled workshops, instruction and lectures, etc.
  • Other loss of income based on professional artistic work as a direct consequence of COVID-19.

Who may not apply?

  • Artists who have applied for or received compensation from the government’s other general stimulus packages and compensation schemes. If you have applied to another compensation scheme, you can withdraw your application and apply to this temporary artist subsidy scheme instead. If you have received compensation from another governmental compensation scheme due to coronavirus (COVID-19), this must be repaid before you apply to this scheme. If it is not yet possible to repay the compensation, you must declare solemnly that you will pay back the compensation as soon as possible.
  • Students entitled to benefit from from the Education Grant and Loan Scheme (SU) in Denmark while attending educational programmes.
  • Public institutions, exhibition sites, associations, companies, etc.
  • People who are entitled to other public benefits, but with the exception of early retirement benefits, state pension and supplementary income maintenance. Supplementary income maintenance is deducted from the amount of compensation.

You cannot apply for subsidies for:

  • Expenses that are covered by insurance.
  • Expenses that are covered by other governmental support, including the government’s existing general stimulus packages and unemployment benefits.

Purpose of the program

Art is an essential cohesive force in Denmark, not least in a time of crisis. It is of major significance in the future we face as society opens again. The purpose of the scheme is to support the opportunities to practice art. The conditions for creating art are under pressure because artists currently have very limited opportunities to practice art. Therefore, there is a need to support the art that artists usually create. The scheme will apply from 9 March through 8 July 2020. 

How your application will be evaluated?

Your application is assessed as follows:

  • Documentation for income for your professional artistic work for at least one of the last three years (2017, 2018 and 2019).
  • Probable income loss from professional artistic work as a consequence of COVID-19 for the period 9 March - 8 June 2020 or the period 9 March – 8 July 2020.

Applications are processed on an ongoing basis and on the basis of the announced criteria.

You may choose to apply for a subsidy covering either the period 9 March – 8 June 2020 or the period 9 March – 8 July 2020. Applicants who experience a decrease of income of at least 30% in the period  9 March - 8 June or the period 9 March – 8 July may receive the subsidy.

The subsidy may comprise up to 75% of the loss of income for artistic work that has been rendered probable, but no more than DKK 23,000 per month. You may receive DKK 69,000 for the period 9 March – 8 June 2020 and DKK 92,000 for the period 9 March – 8 July 2020.

The right to a subsidy ceases and the entire amount of the subsidy must be repaid if the artist’s personal income at the end of 2020 exceeds DKK 800,000.

All applications will be reviewed to ensure that they meet the requirements. In order to check, records will be compared in 2021.

What the application must contain?

You must attach the following attachments:

  • Annex 1: CV (no more than one page with 2,400 characters).
  • Annex 2: Documentation for average annual income based on your professional artistic work as income taxed at source and income not taxed at source, as well as taxable profit from independent business of between DKK 100,000 and DKK 800,000 for at least one of the last three years based on your annual tax returns from 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Annex 3: Loss of income for artistic work rendered probable for the period 9 March - 8 June 2020 or the period 9 March – 8 June 2020. This includes contracts, agreements and other written proof that attest to a financial loss for the period in question.
  • Annex 4: Mandatory income form in which you state your sources of income, as well as your expected income and loss of income for the period.

In addition, you must submit a solemn declaration regarding all information, including that you have not applied for or received compensation from the government’s other general stimulus packages and compensation schemes, and that you are not entitled to other public benefits, including, for example, income maintenance, but with the exception of early retirement benefits, state pension and supplementary income maintenance. Supplementary income maintenance is deducted from the amount of compensation. Note that the solemn declaration is at the end of the application form.

How much you may apply for?

Payment

If you receive a subsidy, you must have a NemKonto [Danish ‘easy account’] for us to be able to pay the amount. All subsidy grants will be paid into the Danish civil registration (CPR) number that you indicate in the application. The subsidy is taxable and the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces reports the subsidy to the Danish Tax Agency. Note that tax has not been deducted from the amount you are paid.

When do you get an answer?

You will receive a reply about your application by email no later than three weeks after you have submitted the application.

Once you have submitted the application

When you have submitted your electronic application, you will automatically receive an email acknowledging its receipt. Your receipt email includes your application number, which must be provided if you contact us.

Here you can also see the attachments you have attached to the application. It is your responsibility that the necessary attachments are included in the submission – so please remember to review your application receipt carefully.

If you get a grant you must...

You must submit a solemn declaration no later than 15 March 2021 stating that there have not been changes in the conditions you have provided information about in your application for the subsidy.

The Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces carries out risk-based checks, including comparisons of records.

The right to a subsidy ceases and the entire amount of the subsidy must be repaid if the artist’s personal income at the end of 2020 exceeds DKK 800,000.

Who will evaluate your application?

The Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces carries out administration of the fund on the basis of the announced criteria.

Appeals can be made to the Ministry of Culture regarding decisions made by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces.  

Application form as PDF?

On this site made all submitted electronically, but many people benefit from print a PDF to orient themselves in the requirements before they reach the completion of the actual application. But remember that you can not complete the form by hand and return it physical or analogy.

Click here to preview the online application form (NB the form cannot be filled in)

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