Neither the Ministry of Culture nor the Minister of Culture can dispense or intervene in the allocation of public funds for culture, according to the Laws of the State Arts Foundation and the Danish Arts Council. This has not been changed in recent years (see chapter 1.2.2, chapter 2.1 and chapter 4.2.1).
The Danish Arts Agency (now called the Danish Agency for Culture) is an administrative unit under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Culture (see chapter 1.2.2) and acts as the secretariat for the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Arts Council. The Danish Arts Foundation’s role is to promote Danish creative arts and its sphere of activity is defined by the Arts Foundation Act. The Foundation’s funding is determined by the annual Finance Act. The Foundation’s allocations are performed by eight three-person committees, at an arm’s length distance. The role of the Danish Arts Council is to promote artistic development in Denmark and Danish art abroad, and in terms of allocations, the Council has established a committee of experts within the field of literature, the performing arts, the visual arts and music. Most of the financial support awarded by the Council and its committees is allocated according to the guidelines laid down in the Literature Act, the Theatre Act, the Visual Arts Act and the Music Act.