About NTO

NTO (Association of Norwegian Theatres and Orchestras) is an association for employers within the field of professional music and theatre.

NTO has 46 members within Theatre, Dance, Opera and Orchestral Music.

Our members represent national and regional theatres, opera and orchestras, producing theatres, programming theatres, and music institutions and ensembles.

As an association for employers, NTO negotiates agreements on behalf of their members, or assist members in negotiations with trade unions.

The most trade unions are:

Norsk Skuespillerforbund (The Norwegian Actors' Equity Association) 
Norske Dansekunstnere (The Norwegian Dancers Association) 
Norsk Scenekunstinstruktørforening (The Norwegian Union for Stage directors)
Norske Scenografer (The Norwegian Set and Costume Designers Association) 
Musikernes fellesorganisasjon (Norwegian Musicians' Union)
Fagforbundet (Association of Film & Theatre Technicians)
Norske Dramatikeres Forbund (Writers' Guild of Norway)
Norsk Oversetterforening (The Norwegian Association of Literary Translators)
Norsk Tjenestemannslag (The Norwegian Civil Service Union)

The association was founded in 1937, under the name of  'De norske teatres forening (The Norwegian Theatres Association)'.

In 1989 the symphony orchestras became members, and a change of name became neccesary.

In 1989 NTO entered into an agreement with NAVO (todays Spekter) which is an association for employers. Most of NTO's members are also members of Spekter, and they are therefore governed by Spekters main agreement and negotioation procedures.

NTO is commissioned by the Ministry of  Culture to allocate and present the results, statistics and achievements of the members. The institutions are obliged to send annual reports to the Ministry.

NTO is a member of:

PEARLE* (Performing Arts Employers Associations Leauge Europe). PEARLE is a European organisation that unites employers/producers in the field of performing art (theatre, opera, dance and orchestral music).  

NTO holds offices together with Danse- og teatersentrum /The Norwegian Association for the Performing Arts) that organizes the non-institutional  groups.Together we work towards encouraging collaboration and development of skills in the field of stage art. Together NTO and DTS run the online newspaper www.scenekunst.no

NTO shall:

Assist their members in negotiations with employee-unions.

Negotiate agreements, on behalf of their members, with employee-unions and other goods- and services contractors.

Help their members in becoming professional and efficient employers.

Make sure artistic considerations are the foundation for any resolution made by the subsidy authorities, as well as in negotiations with  employee-unions.

Emphasize the significance of the sector to  the state, county, municipality and the public.

Seek influence as a leading and credible party in regards to issues concerning the sector.

Have as a goal  that professional art should be available to as many as possible.

Actively contribute towards building and maintaining  national, Nordic and international networks within the area of musical and stage art.

Publisert: 04.09.2012 Oppdatert: 19.01.2016