Information about artist grants

The national arts councils award five-, three-, one- and half-year artist grants. The number and duration of grants varies according to artform. The distribution of grants among all the artforms is decided by Taike. In addition, some artist grants are awarded within certain artforms for up to ten years; these are intended for artists of exceptionally high merit (so called artist professor grants).

Each year approximately 11 million euros is paid in artist grants. Around one in ten applicants is awarded a grant. Over 600 artists a year work on the basis of an artist grant.

Previous grant recipients are listed by artform in the sections Allocated grants.

Monthly artist grants

As of 1 April 2019 the amount of monthly artist grants is 1 733,37 euros per month. These grants are tax-free. Taike confirms the amount of artist grants on an annual basis.

These grants include MYEL insurance, i.e. mandatory pension insurance for recipients of a Finnish grant or scholarship awarded to support their artistic or scientific activities.

Annual artist grants

In 2019 the total amount of each annual artist grant is 20 728,44 euros.

Insurance obligation

Recipients of grants are personally responsible for taking out pension and accident insurance. These insurance policies must be applied for within three months of the start of the grant period. Applications should be submitted to the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela.

The insurance covers all recipients who live in Finland and who have been awarded a grant for at least four months of artistic work within Finland. In addition, some artistic work that is carried out abroad is covered by the insurance. Persons who are over the age of 68 or receive an old age pension cannot take out pension insurance.

Further information from Mela.

Paid employment during the grant period

Artist grants must be used for continuous artistic work in accordance with the work plan provided in the application. Recipients of one-, three- and five-year grants may not be in full-time employment in the public or private sectors during the grant period. For part-time employment, however, the recipient is permitted to work for up to 10 hours per week. The number of hours may exceed this amount for short periods, as long as the average number of hours remains within the permitted limit over the longer period.

Interruption of grant work

The beginning of the grant period may be delayed for the following reasons:

  • illness or rehabilitation of the grant recipient (medical certificate required)
  • birth of a child or care of a child under the age of 3 (decision taken by Kela)
  • military service or civilian service (enrolment order, civil service order)
  • other comparable reason

The grant period may be interrupted and continued at a corresponding period later if the work is interrupted for the following reasons:

  • illness or rehabilitation of the grant recipient (medical certificate required)
  • birth of a child or care of a child under the age of 3 (decision taken by Kela)
  • military service or civilian service (enrolment order, civil service order)
  • other comparable reason
  • other employment (proof of employment, public sector or service employment, or business activities)

Interrupting the grant period requires that at least four months have passed since the start of the grant period, that the interruption will last at least four months, and that at least four months will remain of the grant period after the interruption. If your grant period is interrupted due to employment, the grant must be used within two years of the end of the original grant period. Working on another grant is not considered acceptable grounds for interrupting the grant period.

The interruption of a grant period must be approved by Taike. Upon receiving the decision, the applicant must request from Mela an interruption of grant insurance for the corresponding period.

Last modified: 23.09.2019

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