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Critics get money

From 2007, the government will provide work grants to critics.


[state budget] When a state budget proposal is submitted on October 6, one of the points will be a completely new work grant of NOK 400.000 earmarked by critics.

- Critics have often not been seen as an integral part of cultural policy. If the artists are to develop, a professionally skilled number of critics with good working conditions is needed, and I think this is an underestimated point, says Minister of Culture and Church Affairs Trond Giske to Ny Tid.

- This is absolutely fantastic news, subject to it being true, says a surprised Anne Merethe K. Prinos, general secretary and general manager of the Norwegian Critics Association, when Ny Tid talks about the upcoming scholarship.

The Norwegian Critics' Association acts as a recommendation committee for the existing scholarships. Prinos explains that they have a large number of applicants and few places to give away. The critic team has been working for a long time to get their own work scholarship.

- Such a scholarship means that some critics have the opportunity to work long-term. In an industry where there are very few permanent employees and freelancers come and go, it is of great importance, says Prinos.

Giske believes the scholarship can help develop the professionalism of being a critic, and hopes it will be seen as a signal of status-raising.

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