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Artist Stipends to Increase

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

Lilja Alfreðsdóttir / Minister of Culture and Business Affairs
Photo: Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Culture and Business Affairs / Facebook.

Minister of Culture and Business Affairs Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir has proposed a substantial increase in public funding for artist stipends, Heimildin reports.

According to a draft bill, three new salary funds will be created and the month of salary to be allocated will gradually increase from 1,600 to 2,850 until 2028. Funding will increase in steps from ISK 124 million [$906,000, €832,000] next year to ISK 700 million [$5.1 million, €4.7 million] in 2028.

Funds for film writers and age groups

The Artists’ Salary Fund is a collection of funds meant to support the arts. Funding is determined annually by Alþingi, Iceland’s Parliament, and The Icelandic Centre for Research is responsible for managing the fund on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Business Affairs. For 2024, 1,032 months of salary were allocated, while 9,336 months were applied for

The draft bill notes that the number of available months of salary for allocation has remained unchanged since the law came into effect in 2009. The three new salary funds that will be created, if the bill becomes law, will be a Film Writers Fund, Vöxtur – a fund for artists 35 years old and younger, and Vegsemd – a fund for artists 67 and older.

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