Denmark has a long tradition of support for the arts. The church, the monarchs and the modern democratic welfare state have found it important to support art and the arts.
There are different forms of creative art:
The Danish state supports the creative arts in different ways – through grants to institutions according to objective criteria or with a point of departure in the “arm’s length principle”. The arm’s length principle is the principle that the support is not dependent on political priorities but is granted following a specialist evaluation of the applicant’s artistic qualities. For this reason, the task of awarding public support to the creative arts is to a high degree entrusted to independent institutions, councils and committees whose members have competencies within the individual art forms.
The Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Film Institute, the Royal Danish Theatre, the provincial theatres and the symphony orchestras are important bodies and institutions in this area.
Read about the individual art forms at their respective entries – see the menu on the left.