4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts
Artists and the fine arts have long been considered a central area in Swedish cultural policy and is thus the main subject of the general discussions here presented in chapter 4.1. Grants for artists and artistic purposes are distributed primarily by the Swedish Arts Council, the Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish Film Institute and the Author's Fund, generally on the advice of expert committees consisting of representatives of the relevant art form. Most of the public debates in this area in recent years have concerned the financial situation of artists and gender equality in the art world. The Arts Grants Committee has in recent years published studies on these topics.