The Industrial Policy Council for Cultural and Creative Industries in Norway was appointed by the Government in 2015 to provide advice and recommendations on how the authorities can facilitate business development, growth and value creation in Norway’s cultural and creative industries.
“Among other things,” says the Minister of Culture, “we have given Innovation Norway the task of establishing loan financing options and investor forums for growth companies. The Arts Council Norway has been tasked with establishing the Kreativt Norge office and grant schemes to strengthen the support system for creative and performing artists.”
“It is important that we provide a better framework that will also enable companies in the cultural and creative industries to develop, grow and increase their exports,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland. “This is a business sector experiencing rapid growth internationally. We believe the measures we have implemented will help Norwegian companies to turn their artistic and cultural products into profitable business activities to an even greater extent.”
Allocations to cultural and creative industries were increased by close to NOK 70 million for the 2017 fiscal year in order to encourage greater private involvement and investment in the cultural sector and to promote sustainable cultural industries throughout the country. In addition to strengthening funding agencies and support mechanisms for independent creative and performing artists, the Government is working to help Norwegian arts and culture to reach a wider audience. In the revised national budget the Government recommends strengthening the social rights of the self-employed and introducing changes in stock option taxation.
“We are en route but we have not finished yet. The Government will continue its efforts and we look forward to reviewing the Council’s final recommendations,” said the Minister of Culture. She concluded by thanking the Council members and secretary Anne-Britt Gran, Director of the BI Centre for Creative Industries, for their efforts and recommendations.