Apply now: state’s COVID-19 grants for artists

These COVID-19 grants and subsidies are intended for professional artists and professionals in the culture sector, as well as private traders (toiminimi) working in the arts and culture sectors, who are suffering from a lack of earnings opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professional groups in the arts and culture sectors that are not generally Taike customers may also apply.

This support may be applied for as a private person or private trader (toiminimi).

Amount of support

The amount of each grant for private persons is 4000 euros. The amount of each state subsidy for private traders is either 4000 or 8000 euros. A larger amount of support may be awarded if the project also employs others. The support must be used during the period 1.6.–31.8.2021.

Purpose

COVID-19 grants for private persons are intended to provide short-term support for the working conditions and professional employment of applicants who have lost work orders or have been prevented from practicing their profession due to the coronavirus pandemic. The support is intended for the applicants’ own work. Applicants may use the support for their artistic work, for practicing or maintaining their professional skills, for preparing or releasing a publication, for planning future work, for marketing and developing a production, and other similar purposes. Grants awarded to private persons are tax free.

Grants awarded to private persons are intended to cover two months of work during the grant period, 1.6-31.8.2021. Other paid employment during the grant period is permitted. As a general rule, an unemployment allowance or labour market subsidy is not paid during the grant period. Grant recipients should check with the payer of such benefits (unemployment fund or Kela).

State subsidies for private traders (toiminimi) are intended to cover the operating costs of applicants who have been prevented from practicing their profession or whose activities have been hampered due to the coronavirus pandemic. Applicants may use the support for the artistic work or for practicing or maintaining the professional skills of self-employed persons, for preparing or releasing a publication, for planning future work, for marketing and developing a production, and for other costs generated by operations. Support awarded to private traders is taxable income.

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Further information

If you have any questions regarding the grant, please contact us.

Juho Viljanen, Freelancers’ Shop Steward:
juho.viljanen@muusikkojenliitto.fi

Jaakko Kämäräinen, Freelance Coordinator:
jaakko.kamarainen@muusikkojenliitto.fi

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