In 2018, the Government presented a bill to the Riksdag, En kommunal kulturskola for framtiden - en strategi for de statliga insatserna (A municipal arts school for the future - a strategy for central government initiatives) (Govt. Bill 2017/18:164). The Government's proposal for national objectives aimed to clarify the great value inherent in arts schools that the state can contribute to preserving and developing through its initiatives. In order to achieve the national objective for central government initiatives, the following initiatives are currently being implemented:
The mandate of Kulturskolecentrum (national resource centre for arts tuition) is to support municipal arts schools and contribute to development and renewal. In addition to distributing grants to the municipalities and identifying skills requirements at arts schools, Kulturskolecentrum is also to follow statistics in the area and disseminate research. Kulturskolecentrum is also to identify development needs and assist with knowledge, instructive examples and networks for organisational development.
Kulturskoleklivet is the Government's educational initiative in response to the need for continuing education and a larger number of trained educators in arts schools. In order to improve the conditions for recruiting such educators, the Government launched the Kulturskoleklivet initiative. This educational initiative is aimed at active arts school educators requiring activity-specific continuing education, or those who want to take the step from artistic proficiency to educational and didactic competence. The Swedish Arts Council's mandate within Kulturskoleklivet is to survey the arts schools' short and long term skills requirements during the 2018-2020 period, and to provide information on higher education programmes relevant to the area. On the basis of its mandate, the Swedish Arts Council has also established a national network to discuss long-term skills supply for arts schools.
The initiative also means improved surveying and information on existing educational paths and a larger number of places on educational programmes.
Six higher education institutions have received special grants to organise programmes:
* Lund University
* The University of Gothenburg
* Umea University
* Stockholm University College of Music Education
* Stockholm University
* Stockholm University of the Arts
Since 2016, a government grant has been allocated annually to municipal arts schools via the Swedish Arts Council. The funds allow educational providers to try out new directions and new working methods. One of the aims of the state development grant is to reach children and young people who have not previously attended arts school by offering a broader range of activities, as well as tuition in other forms and in other places.
Reports received by the Swedish Arts Council show that music and arts schools have reached new target groups and improved opportunities for children and young people to participate in their activities, including by broadening or renewing the schools' offerings, working methods, partners or forums.
An interim report from the Swedish Arts Council with data from 578 feedback reports between 2016 and 2018 shows that the municipal arts schools have used the grant to develop their activities in different ways, including through outreach activities, target group-oriented initiatives, new forms of tuition, new subjects, new tuition locations, more staff, skills development for educators and the purchase of teaching materials.
Kulturskolecentrum 2018: 1070000 USD
Kulturskoleklivet 2018: 2675800 USD
Kulturskolebidraget 2018: 10703200 USD
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At state level: The Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Council for Higher Education, Lund University, the University of Gothenburg, Umeå University, Stockholm University College of Music Education, Stockholm University and Stockholm University of the Arts.