Many Norwegians are occupied in amateur arts organisations, either as amateur artists or as promoters of professional or semi-professional art. Many of these organisations also act as advocacy groups. The organisations are primarily financed by membership fees, and public support from all three government levels. There is a wide range of such organisations, and we have listed some important ones in Table 12.
Table 12: Selection of Norwegian NGOs, umbrella organisations and advocacy groups 2016.
|Organisation||Occupation||Total groups||Total members|
|The Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association||Umbrella organisation for people and groups working with folk art and craft||–||24 000|
|The Norwegian Choir Association||Umbrella organisation for amateur choirs||998||29 000|
|NorskSangerforum||Umbrella organisation for Amateur choir||280||8 000|
|NorgesKirkesangforbund||Umbrella organisation for Amateur choirs in churches||150||3 300|
|NorskAmatørteaterforbund||Umbrella organisation for amateur theatres||100|
|The Norwegian Band Federation||Umbrella organisation for marching bands and school bands||1 700||66 000|
|Norwegian Live Music Association||Umbrella organisation for live music promoters, venues and music festivals in the pop and rock genre||300||–|
|Norsk Jazzforum||Umbrella organisation for jazz music promoters, advocacy group for jazz and jazz musicians||–||–|
|Folkorg||Umbrella organisation and advocacy group for folk music and folk dance||150|
Source: Information collected from the corresponding organisations websites.