The Aspirant Scheme

Arts Council Norway
Key objectives of the measure:

To enhance and strengthen employment opportunities for young artists and cultural workers with ethnic minority backgrounds, and to ensure that cultural institutions reflect the diversity and composition in the Norwegian population when it comes to ethnic minorities and people with different cultural and social backgrounds.

The scheme will be evaluated by an external research institution in 2017.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

Institutions and enterprises in the arts and cultural sector can apply for grants to employ a newly educated artist or cultural worker with minority background. Grants are given to applicants who can document the necessary qualifications and the ability to provide the candidate with appropriate tasks and experiences to fulfil the objective of the scheme. Since the scheme started in 2012, Arts Council Norway has received a total of 162 applications. 9 million NOK have been awarded to a total of 30 grants.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

A gradual increase of artists and cultural workers in Norway from minority backgrounds with an appropriate education. The scheme is also expected to increase the proportion of employees in cultural industries and in the Norwegian working population as a whole with an arts or cultural education – and in particular artists and cultural workers with minority backgrounds.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

USD 1 051 401 (NOK 9 million) in the period 2012-2016.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)