The application process
Financial support for collaborative projects in the music scene, which contribute to artistic innovation and long-term development, nationally and internationally. All projects relating to the independent, professional music scene are welcome to apply. The project owner must be registered in Sweden in order to apply for support.
Current application period: 11 January–2 February 2016
Apply for project funding
Musikverket’s support is given to collaborative projects of high artistic quality, and projects that contribute to the revitalisation and development of the independent music scene. Independent musical activity includes individual musicians, music groups and organisations operating outside of publicly funded institutions. A collaborative project is defined as a project, with well-defined time limits, where two or more parties work together toward common goals. For projects requesting less than 100 000 SEK it is possible to apply as a sole applicant.
National collaborative projects: 10 000–2 000 000 SEK
Collaborative projects in Sweden.
International co-operation projects: 10 000–2 000 000 SEK
Collaborative projects with one or more international partners, including Swedish guest appearances/tours abroad or international guest appearances/tours in Sweden.
Any person or entity may seek project support. This includes everything from individuals, non-profit organisations and businesses to larger organisations, agencies and institutions.
Individuals without a Swedish F-tax certificate may apply for a maximum of 100 000 SEK. Tax and social security contributions should be included in the total sum.
All projects must have a project owner who is responsible for the project and who is registered in Sweden.
A project can have up to two applications in the same application round.
Those who have debts with the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogdemyndigheten), or are in liquidation or bankrupt at the time of the decision are ineligible for support.
Project owners who apply for more than 100 000 in support must have at least one partner. Co-operation partners will contribute to the project in terms of activeparticipation, funding and/or expertise. A partner may, for example, be an individual musician, an organisation, an institution or a municipality. A government donor is not considered as a project partner.
It is considered an advantage if a project is co-financed by more parties than Musikverket.
Musikverket does not support the following types of project:
- Annual operating activities, operating costs and equipment
- Projects that have recording, filming or printed matter as their principal activity
- Launch of Swedish recordings abroad (see instead Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet))
- Swedish groups tour activities in Sweden
- Amateur activities
- Projects whose sole purpose is commissioning and/or first performance of works (see Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) or The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden))
- Research projects
- Contests and Awards
- Training, education and school trips
Applications can only be made through the website; Musikverket will not accept applications or attachments in any other form. Applications with attachments, links, and files must be submitted before the application deadline. Applications that are incomplete or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Obligatory attachments to the application form
- Full project description of up to 4 pages (PDF format)
- A detailed budget, see guidelines (in PDF format only)
- Soundfiles proving the quality of your (and if applicable your project partners’) work, relevant to the context of the application. Format: mp3 files. Maximum 20 MB per file.
- For projects with artistic development as a central aim, portfolios are very important to the evaluation of the project.
- For longer projects that are applying for year two or three, a project report of the project so far needs to be attached. Long projects have to be defined as such from the start.
- You may also choose to include further attachments proving additional credibility for the project, such as an e-mail or or letter of Intent (not applicable for those applying as a sole applicant) - documents, such as e-mails or letters, which prove that a partnership exists and what it consists in, and/or invitations for international guest performance/collaboration (submitted in PDF format only). Ask your project partner to state what is included in the invitation such as pay, hotel, travel etc.
Projects are reviewed and assessed by Musikverket’s artistic council, consisting of eight members, with extensive musical experience and expertise.
The artistic council considers the following aspects (mouse-over the dotted lines for more information):
- Artistic quality, innovation and risk taking
- Project credibility
- National relevance of project
- New forms of co-operation and partnership
The approved projects will collectively reflect Musikverket’s overall objectives if they encompass the following factors:
- Geographical distribution nationally/internationally
- Musical diversity and different expressive approaches
- Child and youth perspective
- Gender equality
- Audience perspective
Projects may be approved for support for a maximum of three years. If a project is intended to run for over one year, this should be made clear in the first application. Musikverket authorises support a year at a time. A new application should be made for each project year and documentation of the previous year must be attached to the application. The Artistic Board decides on potential further support.
If a project runs for more than three years and is intended to result in continued activities, a plan for long-term funding must be included in the initial application. Funding from sources other than Musikverket should increase each year.
Musikverket’s activities are public and controlled by the Swedish Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act. This basically means that your application and any other information you submit is public and open for everyone to view.
If you have questions you are welcome to contact us to firstname.lastname@example.org – preferably well before the application deadline.
The Nordic Culture Fund, a collaboration between Sweden and the other Nordic countries, has developed a set of general guidelines for those wishing to seek project funding. These include tips and advice that can assist with the application process.
The next application period, 2017:1, takes place in the beginning of 2017.
After projects are approved for support
Sign a partnership agreement, detailing which parties will be involved in the collaboration (those who are named in the application) and what each partner undertakes in contribution to the project. This must also state the period within which the agreement is applicable. The aim of the partnership agreement is to ensure, for both project owner and Music Platform, that the project will be implemented in accordance with the approved application. Please see the exemplar agreement for further information.
The agreement should be signed by all parties and sent to:
103 26 Stockholm
The project owner will receive a document in the mail detailing the conditions for how to receive a funding payment. Read, sign and submit the policy document, together with a copy of the partnership agreement to:
103 26 Stockholm
The authorised amount will be transferred only when the terms and conditions document and the Partnership Agreement have been submitted and approved by Music Platform. The money will then be deposited through cheque requisition.
Sometimes projects develop in unforeseen ways, especially involving projects with an element of risk. Major changes in a project must be approved by Music Platform. These may relate to changes in the budget, in partners or time frames for the project. A description of any such changes must be submitted for approval to Music Platform. You are also welcome to contact Music Platform to discuss current issues arising during the project process.
In press releases and other written external information relating to the project it must be clearly stated that the project has received support from Musikverket. Musikverket’s logo should be included in the project's graphic communication such as leaflets, posters, programmes and websites. Logos can be downloaded from the website, under the heading Press.
Projects supported by Musikverket must document their activities and mail this documentation to Music Platform. It is part of Music Platform’s objectives to disseminate knowledge and experience from projects that contribute to the development of the independent music scene, and material from certain projects are therefore published on the website. This documentation is also important for Music Platform’s project evaluation and follow-up activities. Learn more about documentation.