Open letter to Stina Westerberg, Director of Statens musikverk and Lena Adelsohn-Liljeroth, Minister of Culture

With regard to the financial cuts at the Music and Teatre Library in Stockholm, the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars has sent an open letter to Stina Westerberg, Director of Statens musikverk and Lena Adelsohn-Liljeroth, Swedish Minister of Culture:

The Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars is deeply concerned by the financial cuts made at Musik- och teaterbiblioteket and its archives. The collections – which are the largest in the Nordic countries – are of vital importance to researchers from all Nordic countries. We fear that the cuttings will affect not only research in Swedish theatre but also Inter-Nordic research and international Nordic research. Generous opening hours and efficient service are of crucial importance not least to visiting researchers from abroad. For Statens musikverk to fulfill its aim – to ensure the accessibility of the cultural heritage of theatre, dance and music – the staffing of the library needs to be improved. The Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars is opposed to the cuts in funding. Instead, we request Statens musikverk and the Swedish government to strengthen the financial support of the library and the archives.

On behalf of the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars

Stockholm 2013-02-28

Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen
President of the Board