Operational subsidies for performing arts
Call for applications
01.10.2018 - 31.10.2018
The deadline for submitting applications is 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
Applications for subsidies may be submitted online during the above application period. Click on the link below to access our online service (the service is available in Finnish and in Swedish only). To log in you will need a Katso ID.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.
Performing arts refer in this call for applications to live public performances of theatre, circus, dance art, music and other forms of art at a specific moment.
Operational subsidies are intended for legal communities only Organisations run by municipalities and foundations may also apply. However, unregistered communities and private persons carrying on trade are not eligible for operational subsidies, as they do not constitute legal entities. Operational subsidies are intended to support the activities of professional artists and not recreational activities.
Operational subsidies may be awarded also to producers of performing arts, such as regional centres, who operate as production houses or platforms. They do not have to produce performances but instead may offer various production services to performing artists.
The objective of operational subsidies is to support the livelihoods and employment of artists, as well as to diversify the conditions for performing artistic and other creative work. Operational subsidies also promote the availability and accessibility of art and culture nationwide.
Purpose and amount
Operational subsidies for performing arts are intended to support the operations or a certain part of the operations of communities.
Operational subsidies for performing arts may be awarded for a period of one year or three years. Operations may be national or international, and the subsidy may be used also to support visits and tours by communities.
One-year subsidies may be awarded to professional performing arts communities that carry out regular year-round performance activities with high artistic quality. Recipients may also be new communities that are just developing their operations. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award operational subsidies of less than 15,000 euros, so smaller amounts should be applied for under special subsidies for a project or projects.
Three-year subsidies may be awarded to professional performing arts communities that have been registered and operated for at least three years and that have demonstrated their ability to offer a high level of artistic quality. Applicants should carry out regular year-round performance activities. Communities applying for these subsidies should include with their application an operational plan and budget covering the next three years. The minimum amount of three-year subsidies is 40,000 euros/year.
These subsidies are discretionary, and they are awarded on an annual basis. Three-year subsidies are awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget. Recipients of three-year subsidies must submit a report of their operations and finances on an annual basis.
Operational subsidies may be awarded if considered necessary taking into consideration the applicant’s other state support, as well as the quality and scope of the applicant’s operations. Operational subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of operations and not all expenses. Taike’s operational subsidies may cover a maximum of 80% of the total amount of approved costs. In addition, the amount of the subsidy combined with other state support may not exceed the total amount of approved costs (100%).
Municipal funding and other forms of self-financing are considered an advantage when applying for operational subsidies.
Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.
This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, attention is paid to the following aspects. These criteria represent general guidelines.
Quality and scope of operations and implementation:
- What is the standing of the community within its field of the arts?
- Are staff members professionals?
- How interesting are the operational plans and their objectives?
- Are the operational plans realistic in terms of existing resources?
- What kinds of ideas and operating models does the operations offer to the artform/artists/audiences?
- Do the community’s operations have local, regional, national or international significance?
- Do the community’s operations encourage a broader understanding art or promote debate about art?
- How networked are the operations?
- How diverse, active and accessible are the operations?
- Does the applicant have a strategy, vision or development plan for at least the next two years?
- What is the volume of operations? What are the key figures for operations? (e.g. audience numbers, the number of performances, publishing activities, courses, etc.)
- Is the subsidy that has been applied for essential for carrying out operations?
- Is the budget realistic and balanced? Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope of operations?
- How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
- What share (%) does the subsidy represent of the total budget in relation to the amount to be financed by the community itself (%)?
In addition, regional and linguistic factors are also taken into account when evaluating applications, as well as the amount of funding that has been allocated. Consideration is also given to how the community promotes equality, including gender equality, and sustainable development. What does sustainable development refer to on the call for applications? What do non-discrimination and equality refer to on the call for applications?
Additional terms and conditions
- The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state subsidies for the same purpose.
- Subsidies awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding subsidies.
- Subsidies for communities supported in previous years may be increased or decreased according to the community’s activities, comparisons to the applications submitted by other communities, or the amount of funding that has been allocated.
- A community that receives an operational subsidy may not receive a special subsidy within a specific field of the arts from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
- The activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
- Subsidies are generally not awarded for educational activities.
- If the community also has non-artistic activities, its finances for artistic activities (income and expenses) should be listed separately from other operations and financing.
- Subsidies are awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.
What to include with your application
- Mandatory: The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the previous financial period (annual report, income statement and balance sheet) and operating plan and budget for the forthcoming year. The maximum file size for each attachment is 4Mb.
Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.
Grounds for not awarding a subsidy
- If the application arrives after the application deadline. Applications must be received by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
- If the application is incomplete (if the required information has not been delivered to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland following a request for such information)
- If the applicant has not submitted written clarification of previously awarded subsidies before the given deadline.
This subsidy is subject to the Act (657/2012) and statute (727/2012) on Taiteen edistämiskeskus (only in Finnish); Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001); Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003). The Arts Promotion Centre Finland monitors the use of subsidies and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient. Arts Promotion Centre Finland monitors the use of subsidies and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient.
Submitting applications by post
Applications may also be submitted by printing out the application form, filling it in and sending it by post to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Applications must be received by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
Applications should be submitted either electronically or on paper (not both).
Notification of decision
Applications are evaluated by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s expert bodies, i.e. the national arts councils. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.
special advisor Mari Karikoski, p. 0295 330 706, email@example.com
or tel 0295 330 700, firstname.lastname@example.org