Arts Council Norway is the main governmental operator for the implementation of Norwegian cultural policy. Arts Council Norway functions as an advisory body to the central government and public sector on cultural affairs. The Arts Council is fully financed by the Ministry of Culture.
Arts Council Norway was established in 1965 in order to administer the Norwegian Cultural Fund. Today, Arts Council Norway is in charge of a broad spectrum of administrative tasks and functions within the cultural field, including artists’ grants, the Audio and Visual Fund and a number of other funding schemes.
Arts Council Norway also manages government initiatives in the museum and archive sectors, including all tasks previously performed by ABM-utvikling (the Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority). The Arts Council has a staff of around 125 people.
In 2014, the total allocation from Arts Council Norway to the Norwegian cultural sector amounted to 140 million euros. The allocations provide funding for a variety of projects and activities within the performing arts, visual arts, music, literature, archives, museums and more.