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Artist Salaries 2021 Revealed

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

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The Icelandic Centre for Research has revealed the list of artists receiving artist salaries in 2021. 450 independent designers, painters, writers, stage artists (such as actors), musicians, and composers in total receive a monthly salary for a longer or shorter period. 2,150 monthly salaries were available for application this year, 550 more than last time due to the global pandemic. 1,440 applied for the salaries, 1,305 individuals and 135 performance groups containing around 940 artists. 308 artists received the salaries and 26 performance group containing 145 stage performers. In total that amounts to 450 artists.

The artist salaries amount to 410,000 ISK ($3,220, €2,630) per month as a contractor payment. In total, around 880million ISK ($6,912,804, €5,646,817) were distributed to the country’s artists.

The salary fund for designers received 106 applications and ten designers received salaries. The artists’ salary fund received 373 applications with 83 artists receiving salaries. The writers’ salary fund received 295 applications with 94 writers receiving salaries. The stage performers’ salary fund received applications from 940 performers belonging to 135 stage performance groups. And 68 individuals. 15 individuals and 145 group members received salaries. The musicians’ salary fund received 237 applications with 62 musicians receiving salaries. The composers’ salary fund received 226 applications with 44 composers receiving salaries.

The objective of the artist salaries is to enhance art and the making of art in Iceland. Funding is decided by the yearly budget of the parliament and The Icelandic Centre for Research is responsible for managing the fund on behalf of The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The complete list of artists can be found below.

Designers’ salary fund – 75 months

12 Months

  • Arnar Már Jónsson
  • Guðrún Ragna Sigurjónsdóttir

9 Months

  • Guðfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir

8 Months

  • Hanna Dís Whitehead
  • Rán Flygenring

7 Months

  • Björn Steinar Blumenstein

6 Months

  • Elín-Margot Ármannsdóttir
  • Thomas Pausz

4 Months

  • Anna Katharina Blocher

3 Months

  • Baldur Helgi Snorrason

The Artists’ Salary Fund – 526 months

12 Months

  • Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir
  • Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir
  • Elín Hansdóttir
  • Finnbogi Pétursson
  • Guðný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir
  • Hrafnkell Sigurðsson
  • Ingunn Fjóla Ingþórsdóttir
  • Sindri Leifsson
  • Þórdís Aðalsteinsdóttir
  • Örn Alexander Ámundarson

10 Months

  • Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir

9 Months

  • Anna Guðrún Líndal
  • Carl Théodore Marcus Boutard
  • Margrét H. Blöndal
  • Páll Haukur Björnsson
  • Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir

6 Months

  • Andreas Martin Brunner
  • Anna Helen Katarina Hallin
  • Arnar Ásgeirsson
  • Arnfinnur Jóhann R. Amazeen
  • Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
  • Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir
  • Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson
  • Bjargey Ólafsdóttir
  • Claire Jacqueline Marguerite Paugam
  • Dodda Maggý / Þórunn Maggý Kristjánsdóttir
  • Eirún Sigurðardóttir
  • Elísabet Brynhildardóttir
  • Erling T.V. Klingenberg
  • Eygló Harðardóttir
  • Guðlaug Mía Eyþórsdóttir
  • Hallgerður G. Hallgrímsdóttir
  • Helga Páley Friðþjófsdóttir
  • Helgi Þórsson
  • Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir
  • Hildur Bjarnadóttir
  • Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir
  • Hulda Margrét Hákonardóttir
  • Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir
  • Ingólfur Örn Arnarsson
  • Ívar Valgarðsson
  • Jóhanna K. Sigurðardóttir
  • Karlotta Jóhannesdóttir Blöndal
  • Katrín Bára Elvarsdóttir
  • Katrín Sigurðardóttir
  • Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson
  • Magnús Óskar Helgason
  • Magnús Sigurðarson
  • Magnús Tumi Magnússon
  • Ólafur Sveinn Gíslason
  • Olga Soffía Bergmann
  • Ólöf Jónína Jónsdóttir
  • Ólöf Nordal
  • Pétur Magnússon
  • Ráðhildur Sigrún Ingadóttir
  • Ragnar Axelsson
  • Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson
  • Rúrí (Þuríður Rúrí Fannberg)
  • Selma Hreggviðsdóttir
  • Sigríður Björg Sigurðardóttir
  • Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson
  • Sigurður Þórir Ámundason
  • Steingrímur Eyfjörð
  • Steinunn M. Önnudóttir
  • Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
  • Wioleta Anna Ujazdowska

3 Months

  • Agnieszka Eva Sosnowska
  • Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir
  • Ásmundur Ásmundsson
  • Baldvin Einarsson
  • Björk Guðnadóttir
  • Björn Loki Björnsson
  • Bryndís Björnsdóttir
  • Claudia Hausfeld
  • Einar Falur Ingólfsson
  • Elsa Jónsdóttir
  • Eva Ísleifsdóttir
  • Heimir Björgúlfsson
  • Hildur Ása Henrýsdóttir
  • Starkaður Sigurðarson
  • Una Margrét Árnadóttir
  • Þórdís Erla Zoega
  • Þorsteinn Eyfjörð Þórarinsson

The Writers’ Salary Fund – 646 months

12 Months

  • Andri Snær Magnason
  • Auður Jónsdóttir
  • Bergsveinn Birgisson
  • Einar Már Guðmundsson
  • Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
  • Elísabet K. Jökulsdóttir
  • Gerður Kristný Guðjónsdóttir
  • Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir
  • Gyrðir Elíasson
  • Hallgrímur Helgason
  • Hildur Knútsdóttir
  • Jón Kalman Stefánsson
  • Sigrún Pálsdóttir
  • Þórdís Gísladóttir

10 Months

  • Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson

9 Months

  • Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir
  • Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir
  • Bjarni M. Bjarnason
  • Bragi Ólafsson
  • Einar Kárason
  • Fríða Ísberg
  • Gunnar Theodór Eggertsson
  • Haukur Már Helgason
  • Hermann Stefánsson
  • Hjörleifur Hjartarson
  • Jónas Reynir Gunnarsson
  • Kristín Eiríksdóttir
  • Kristín Ómarsdóttir
  • Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir
  • Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir
  • Ófeigur Sigurðsson
  • Pedro Gunnlaugur Garcia
  • Ragnheiður Sigurðardóttir
  • Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir
  • Steinar Bragi Guðmundsson
  • Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson
  • Vilborg Davíðsdóttir
  • Þórunn Elín Valdimarsdóttir

6 Months

  • Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson
  • Anton Helgi Jónsson
  • Benný Sif Ísleifsdóttir
  • Bjarni Jónsson
  • Bragi Páll Sigurðarson
  • Dagur Hjartarson
  • Eiríkur Ómar Guðmundsson
  • Emil Hjörvar Petersen
  • Friðgeir Einarsson
  • Guðmundur Jóhann Óskarsson
  • Guðmundur Steingrímsson
  • Guðmundur Sveinbjörn Brynjólfsson
  • Gunnar Helgason
  • Halldór Armand Ásgeirsson
  • Halldór Laxness Halldórsson
  • Haukur Ingvarsson
  • Heiðrún Ólafsdóttir
  • Ísak Hörður Harðarson
  • Kamilla Einarsdóttir
  • Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir
  • Magnús Sigurðsson
  • Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson
  • Ragnheiður Eyjólfsdóttir
  • Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir
  • Sigrún Eldjárn
  • Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir
  • Stefán Máni Sigþórsson
  • Steinunn Guðríður Helgadóttir
  • Sverrir Norland
  • Þórdís Helgadóttir
  • Yrsa Þöll Gylfadóttir

3 Months

  • Áslaug Jónsdóttir
  • Birta Ósmann Þórhallsdóttir
  • Brynja Hjálmsdóttir
  • Brynjólfur Þorsteinsson
  • Eva Rún Snorradóttir
  • Harpa Rún Kristjánsdóttir
  • Helgi Ingólfsson
  • Jónína Leósdóttir
  • Kári Tulinius
  • Karl Ágúst Úlfsson
  • Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir
  • Kristín Steinsdóttir
  • Lani Yamamoto
  • María Elísabet Bragadóttir
  • Ólafur Gunnarsson
  • Ólína Kjerúlf Þorvarðardóttir
  • Pétur Gunnarsson
  • Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir
  • Soffía Bjarnadóttir
  • Steinunn Sigurðardóttir
  • Sunna Dís Másdóttir
  • Þóra Karítas Árnadóttir
  • Þórarinn Eldjárn
  • Þórarinn Leifsson
  • Ævar Þór Benediktsson

Stage performers’ Salary Fund – 307 months

Individuals

10 Months

  • Finnur Arnar Arnarson

5 Months

  • Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir

4 Months

  • Hjörleifur Hjartarson
  • Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir
  • Kolfinna Nikulásdóttir
  • Magnús Jónsson
  • Páll Baldvin Baldvinsson
  • Þóra Karítas Árnadóttir

3 Months

  • Ásgerður Júníusdóttir
  • María Heba Þorkelsdóttir
  • Rebekka A. Ingimundardóttir
  • Unnur Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir
  • Vignir Rafn Valthórsson
  • Þórey Sigþórsdóttir

2 Months

  • Tinna Grétarsdóttir

Stage Performance Groups

24 Months

  • Animato – Mærþöll ópera: Bjarni Thor Kristinsson, Björk Níelsdóttir, Erla Dóra Vogler, Eva Björg Harðardóttir, Eva Þyri Hilmarsdóttir, Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, Gunnlaugur Bjarnason, Hildigunnur Halldórsdóttir, Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Þórgunnur Anna Örnólfsdóttir, Þórunn Guðmundsdóttir

20 Months

  • Gaflaraleikhúsið 

19 Months

  • Menningarfélagið Tær – Alda: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Eva Signý Berger, Halla Þórðardóttir, Aðalheiður Halldórsdóttir, Anais Florence Lea Barthe, Heba Eir Jónasdóttir Kjeld, Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir, Sólbjört Sigurðardóttir, Védís Kjartansdóttir

16 Months

  • Sviðslistahópurinn dB – Eyja: Ástbjörg Rut Jónsdóttir, Uldis Ozols, Kjartan Darri Kristjánsson, Þór Tulinius, Sigríður Vala Jóhannsdóttir, Sigríður Sunna Reynisdóttir, Jóhann Bjarni Pálmason, Kristjana Stefánsdóttir

15 Months

  • Fimbulvetur – Blóðuga Kanínan: Guðmundur Ingi Þorvaldsson, Þórunn María Jónsdóttir, Borgar Þór Magnason, Friðþjófur Þorsteinsson, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson, Gunnar Hansson, Hannes Óli Ágústsson, Íris Tanja Ívars Flygenring, Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir, Þóra Karítas Árnadóttir

14 Months

  • Pokahorn – Kossafar á ilinni: Margrét Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Sara Marti Guðmundsdóttir, Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir, Sigríður Sunna Reynisdóttir, Kjartan Darri Kristjánsson, Guðmundur Elías Knudsen, Birkir Rafn Gíslason, Jökull Jörgensen, Scott Ashley Mc Lemore, Una Lorenzen

13 Months

  • EP, félagasamtök – Venus Í feldi: Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Filippía Ingibjörg Elísdóttir, Harpa Arnardóttir, Stefán Már Magnússon, Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson, Valgeir Sigurðsson

11 Months

  • Frystiklefinn – DNA: Kári Viðarsson, Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir, Friðþjófur Þorsteinsson, Sigríður Sunna Reynisdóttir, María Ingibjörg Reyndal, Gréta Kristín Ómarsdóttir
  • HETJA – Heil(brigðis) grímuleikur á heimsmælikvarða: Greta Ann Clough, Aldís Gyða Davíðsdóttir, Stefán Benedikt Vilhelmsson, Orri Huginn Ágústsson, Eggert Hilmarsson + 2 ónefndir.
  • Undur og stórmerki – Fíflið: Karl Ágúst Úlfsson, Ágústa Skúladóttir, Eyvindur Karlsson, Guðrún Öyahals, Ólafur Ágúst Stefánsson

10 Months

  • Forspil að framtíð: Ævar Þór Benediktsson, Kjartan Ólafsson, Ingibjörg Huld Haraldsdóttir, Kjartan Darri Kristjánsson, Védís Kjartansdóttir
  • Selsaugu – Þoka/Mjørka: Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir, Hannes Óli Ágústsson, Brynja Björnsdóttir, Gunnar Karel Másson

9 Months

  • Miðnætti leikhús – Tjaldið: Agnes Þorkelsdóttir Wild, Eva Björg Harðardóttir, Sigrún Harðardóttir, Nicholas Arthur Candy, Kristinn Brynjar Pálsson
  • Panic Production – ROF: Sveinbjörg Þórhallsdóttir, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Eva Signý Berger, Halla Þórðardóttir

7 Months

  • Leikfélagið Annað svið – Það sem er: María Ellingsen, Ólafur Egill Egilsson, Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson, Ólafur Björn Ólafsson

6 Months

  • Hellaðir – Heilinn í Hellinum: Albert Halldórsson, Gígja Sara Helgudóttir Björnsson , Kjartan Darri Kristjánsson, Pálmi Freyr Hauksson
  • Leikfélagið PóliS – Tu jest za drogo /Úff hvað allt er dýrt hérna: Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Aleksandra Skolozynska, Jakub Ziemann, Salvör Gullbrá Þórarinsdóttir, Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson, Wioleta Anna Ujazdowska
  • Soðið svið – Framhald í næsta bréfi: Salka Guðmundsdóttir, Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir

5 Months

  • Ferðalangar sögunnar – Söguferðalangar: Tryggvi Gunnarsson, Valdimar Jóhannsson
  • Ljós-til-líf-unun – BRUM: Kara Hergils Valdimarsdóttir, Andrea Elín Vilhjálmsdóttir, Harpa Arnardóttir, Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schluter, Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir
  • Menningarfélagið Marmarabörn – Ó, veður: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Kristinn Guðmundsson, Saga Sigurðardóttir, Védís Kjartansdóttir, Sigurður Arent Jónsson

4 Months

  • Sómi þjóðar – (Ó)sómi þjóðar: Tryggvi Gunnarsson, Hilmir Jensson
  • Slembilukka – Sjáið mig: Bryndís Ósk Þ Ingvarsdóttir, Laufey Haraldsdóttir

3 Months

  • Kváma – Söngleikurinn Rokkarinn og rótarinn: Þór Breiðfjörð Kristinsson, Davíð Sigurgeirsson, Orri Huginn Ágústsson
  • Sviðslistahópur Helga og Árna – Þögnin – óperuhljóðverk: Árni Kristjánsson, Bjarni Thor Kristinsson, Elsa Waage

2 Months
Aquarius – Tilraunin Hasim – Götustrákur í Kalkútta og Reykjavík: Jónmundur Grétarsson, Silja Hauksdóttir

 

Musicians’ Salary Fund – 315 months

12 Months

  • Guðrún Ýr Eyfj. Jóhannesdóttir
  • Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir
  • Óskar Guðjónsson
  • Tómas Jónsson

9 Months

  • Magnús Jóhann Ragnarsson
  • Þorgrímur Jónsson

8 Months

  • Svavar Knútur Kristinsson

7 Months

  • Björk Níelsdóttir
  • Skúli Sverrisson

6 Months

  • Alexandra Kjeld
  • Arngerður María Árnadóttir
  • Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir
  • Ellen Rósalind Kristjánsdóttir
  • Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson
  • Francisco Javier Jauregui Narvaez
  • Grímur Helgason
  • Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir
  • Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson
  • Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir
  • Haukur Gröndal
  • Helga Þóra Björgvinsdóttir
  • Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir
  • Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi
  • Jóhann Kristinsson
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson
  • Kristofer Rodriguez Svönuson
  • Lilja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir
  • Magnús Trygvason Eliassen
  • Margrét Hrafnsdóttir
  • Oddur Arnþór Jónsson
  • Ómar Guðjónsson
  • Sigurður Bjarki Gunnarsson
  • Una Sveinbjarnardóttir
  • Þorleifur Gaukur Davíðsson
  • Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir

5 Months

  • Þóra Margrét Sveinsdóttir

3 Months

  • Ásgeir Aðalsteinsson
  • Auður Hafsteinsdóttir
  • Birnir Sigurðarson
  • Guðbjörg Sandholt Gísladóttir
  • Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir
  • Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir
  • Kjartan Sveinsson
  • Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir
  • María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
  • Marína Ósk Þórólfsdóttir
  • Mikael Máni Ásmundsson
  • Ólöf Helga Arnalds
  • Sigrún Harðardóttir
  • Steinunn Arnbjörg Stefánsdóttir
  • Úlfur Hansson
  • Una Stefánsdóttir
  • Valdimar Guðmundsson
  • Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir

2 Months

  • Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson
  • Jane Ade Sutarjo
  • Steinar Logi Helgason
  • Svanur Vilbergsson

1 mánuður

  • Gróa Margrét Valdimarsdóttir
  • Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir
  • Gunnhildur Daðadóttir
  • Hrafnhildur M. Guðmundsdóttir

Composers’ Salary Fund – 281 months

12 Months

  • Bára Gísladóttir
  • Bára Grímsdóttir
  • Halldór Smárason
  • Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir
  • Teitur Magnússon
  • Úlfur Eldjárn
  • Þuríður Jónsdóttir

9 Months

  • Andri Ólafsson
  • Veronique Jacques

6 Months

  • Agnar Már Magnússon
  • Andrés Þór Gunnlaugsson
  • Ásbjörg Jónsdóttir
  • Ásgeir Aðalsteinsson
  • Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir
  • Finnur Karlsson
  • Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson
  • Gunnar Gunnsteinsson
  • Gyða Valtýsdóttir
  • Hafdís Bjarnadóttir
  • Halldór Eldjárn
  • Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi
  • Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir
  • Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir
  • Kjartan Sveinsson
  • Mikael Máni Ásmundsson
  • Ómar Guðjónsson
  • Pall Ragnar Pálsson
  • Ríkharður H Friðriksson
  • Snorri Sigfús Birgisson
  • Sóley Stefánsdóttir
  • Una Stefánsdóttir
  • Valdimar Guðmundsson
  • Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir

5 Months

  • Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir

3 Months

  • Bjarki Rúnar Sigurðarson
  • Jóhann G. Jóhannsson
  • Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
  • Ólafur Björn Ólafsson
  • Pétur Eggertsson
  • Ragna Kjartansdóttir
  • Ragnar Árni Ólafsson
  • Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir
  • Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir
  • Salka Valsdóttir

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