Swedish Arts Council is a government authority whose principal task is to implement national cultural policy determined by the Parliament
The Council is responsible for:
* The allocation of state cultural funding to theatre, dance, music, literature, arts periodicals and public libraries, and to the fine arts, museums and exhibitions.
* Providing the Swedish government with the basic data it needs to make cultural policy decisions, by evaluating state spending in the cultural sphere, etc.
* Providing information about culture and cultural policy.
The Swedish Arts Council supports, develops and initiates interaction between the state, the regions, municipalities and representatives for cultural life in Sweden, e.g. libraries, museums and performing arts centres. The aim is to safeguard and develop Swedish national cultural policy, and to promote cultural diversity and an even geographical spread in cultural provision.
Västerås is a large city with the benefits of a small town. It has a city's opportunities in trade, industry, employment, education, entertainment, services, culture and transportation. The small town benefits include shorter distances, the lack of traffic jams, fresh air, and a more human pace that leaves time left over for yourself, your family and your hobbies. The journey between Västerås and Stockholm takes a mere 50 minutes by trains which run twice an hour from early morning to late at night.
Thousands of homes are being built near the shores of lake Mälaren. You can live in an educational metropolis, where the University is expanding at an exceptional rate. You can settle in a city where fresh ideas and activities are constantly appearing and developing, and where large and small companies benefit from one another. There are laboratories and panoramic views, research and lush forests, dynamic trade and peaceful hammocks, culture and yachts.
In brief, a human city with human proportions, allowing ideas and people to grow.
Västmanlandsmusiken has a mandate to support and develop the music and dance life in Västmanland. We do this by delivering more than 800 concerts and dance performances per year and in different ways to support the organizers and others who work with music and dance.