The coronavirus pandemic will have a profound impact on events and employment opportunities in the Finnish music industry. According to a survey among the members of the Finnish Musicians’ Union, about 96 per cent of musicians have lost job opportunities because of the pandemic.

This site provides an info package on the theme for members. The following sub-pages offer information on cancelled gigs and situations preventing the performance of work, unemployment, lay-offs, the onset of illness and quarantine and grants. Additionally, the site offers support for coping (in Finnish) and topical bulletins issued by the Finka Unemployment Fund (in Finnish). The Union monitors the situation and updates the site as appropriate.

During the pandemic, the Union holds Online Coffee Breaks for the members.
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Online Coffee Break sessions can also be viewed afterwards by the members on the Union website. View online lectures afterwards >

Government announces extensive package to support incomes

On 20 March 2020, the Finnish Government agreed on an extensive package to secure jobs and incomes and support businesses.

The Government is implementing most of the measures proposed by the labour market organisations in order to help employees and employers cope with the current emergency. The measures proposed by the organisations are specifically designed to offer financial support for people who are laid off or lose their jobs. At the same time, the measures help companies to adjust to these difficult times. For one thing, the statutory time periods related to lay-offs will be shortened.

Aside from the measures proposed by the labour market organisations, the Government will offer financial support for self-employed persons and freelancers irrespective of the legal form of the business.

Several billion euros have been earmarked for additional business financing.  Direct financial support will also be provided in various forms to ensure companies’ liquidity and prevent bankruptcies. The measures cover all fields of activity.

The Finnish Musicians’ Union is actively monitoring the situation and will provide more details as additional information is made available.

Further information

If you’ve not been able to find the information you’re looking for, please get in touch:

Employees / collective agreements:

Miika Tarhio, Head of Contracts:
Mirkka Kivilehto, Legal Counsel:

Freelancers, self-employed and business owners:

Lottaliina Pokkinen, Head of Legal Affairs:
Jaakko Kämäräinen, Freelance Coordinator:
Juho Viljanen, Freelancers’ Shop Steward:

General queries:

Sanni Kahilainen, Head of Communications:
The Finnish Musicians’ Union office (Kaisu Junno and Sirpa Seppänen):

Our office is now closed to visitors

Please note that we have taken the decision to close our office to visitors until further notice from Friday, 13 March 2020 onwards.

Please contact us by email or telephone instead: +358 (0) 9 6803 4070

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