Denmark/ 5.2 Legislation on culture  

In general, two levels of legislation regulate and define the overall aims of the cultural institutions and activities in the specific fields of art and culture in Denmark:

  • the general law of theatre, music, cultural heritage, literature and libraries, film, radio and TV etc. which defines the overall aims, decision-making structures, competences etc. of the institutions in the different fields; and
  • the laws for the Danish Art Foundation (Statens Kunstfond) and the Danish Arts Council (Statens Kunstråd) which states the specific aims and support-schemes to the individual creative artist and the different fields of arts in general (see chapter 5.3.1).

Table 1:    List of existing cultural legislation

Title of Act

Year of adoption

Act on radio and TV

06.05.2010

Act on copyright

27.02.2010

Act on theatres

23.06.2009

Act on libraries

20.08.2008

Act on music

03.01.2008

Act preservation of buildings

29.08.2007

Act on archives

21.08.2007

Act on museums

14.12.2006

Act on literature

29.11.2003

Act on visual arts

29.11.2003

Acton on the Danish Arts Foundation

29.11.2003

Act on the Danish Arts Council

14.01.2011


Chapter published: 10-04-2012


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