Culture and creativity are fundamental to growth and welfare in society. Securing sufficient funding is an ever-present issue for the culture sector. Welcome to Swedish Philanthropy Summit 2019 where we will discuss the links between philanthropy, culture and community development.  The conference will feature both Swedish and European  cultural sector examples of private cultural initiatives as well as scholars, philanthropists and politicians invited to discuss the importance of philanthopy as a complement to public initiatives to spur growth and welfare.

The conference will address:

– How does philanthropy contribute to growth and welfare?

– A policy outlook on private and public cultural funding

– A European comparative perspective on tax regulations for donations

– International Best Practice



13.00 Introduction

Pontus Braunerhjelm, Professor, KTH och BTH and Research Director, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum
Annika Levin, Culture Consultant and Member of the Philanthropy Forum

Johanna Palmberg, Research Director, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Associate Professor, Södertörns högskola
Pernilla Norlin, Deputy Managing Director, Head of Communications, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

13.05 The importance of culture for growth and welfare

Michael Fritsch, Professor Friedrich Schiller Jena University
(In English)

13.25 Financing culture

Renée Steenbergen, PhD, art historian and senior research fellow in Arts Philanthropy at Utrecht University
(In English)

13.45 Discussion and Q&A

Michael FritschRenée Steenbergen and Pontus Braunerhjelm
(In English)

14.00 The role of the public for cultural development

Staffan Forssell, General Director, Swedish Arts Council
Linda Kowalski Nordfors, Artist, Entrepreneur and Business Developer, Folk & Kultur
Staffan Scheja, Pro Vice Chancellor, Royal College of Music
Lawen Redar, Member of the Culture Committe, The Swedish Parliament
Christer Nylander, Chair of the Culture Committe, The Swedish Parliament
(In Swedish)

14.45 Coffee

15.15 Best Practice – Philanthropic Cultural Initiatives

Edilia Gänz, Director, Fedora
Nina Beckmann, Manager, Grafikens hus
Lina Sjöquist, Secretary General, Robert Weil Family Foundation
(In Swedish and English)

16.05 Panel discussion

English panel:
Edilia Gänz, Renée Steenbergen and Michael Fritsch

Swedish panel:
Nina Beckmann, Lina Sjöquist and Staffan Forssell

16.30  End



Nina Beckmann
vd Grafikens hus
Pontus Braunerhjelm
forskningsledare Entreprenörskapsforum samt professor KTH och BTH
Michael Fritsch
professor Friedrich Schiller Jena Universitet
Staffan Forssell
generaldirektör Kulturrådet
Edilia Gänz
vd Fedora
Linda Kowalski Nordfors
konstnär, entreprenör och affärsutvecklare. Företräder Folk & Kultur
Annika Levin
kulturkonsult och styrgruppsmedlem i Filantropiskt forum
Pernilla Norlin
vice vd och kommunikationschef Entreprenörskapsforum (moderator)
Christer Nylander
ordförande Kulturutskottet (L)
Johanna Palmberg
forskningsledare Entreprenörskapsforum och docent Södertörns högskola (moderator)
Lawen Redar
kulturpolitisk talesperson (S)
Staffan Scheja
professor och prorektor Kungliga Musikhögskolan
Lina Sjöquist
generalsekreterare Robert Weil Family Foundation
Renée Steenbergen
senior research fellow Arts Philanthropy & Donor Behaviour vid Utrecht University