Information about artist grants

The national arts councils award five-, three-, one- and half-year artist grants to support the work of professional artists. The number and duration of grants varies according to artform. The distribution of grants among all the artforms is decided by Taike.
 
Each year approximately 12 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.

Artist Professor grants

Within certain artforms, particularly distinguished artists may be awarded ten-year grants, which can also be granted for five-year periods. Recipients are entitled to use the title of Artist Professor.

Monthly artist grants

As of 1 January 2021 the amount of monthly artist grants is 1 960,48 euros per month and as of 1 June 1980,85 euros. 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 2021 the total amount of each annual artist grant is 23 668,35 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 grant recipient is obligated to pay the statutory pension insurance contribution in accordance with the applicable Farmer’s Pensions Act (MYEL), which covers also grant recipients. The premium percentage rate is 13-25% of the total amount of the grant. The amount of the insurance premium is based on the recipient’s age and computational annual earning, as stipulated in the insurance decision. Further information about premiums is available website of 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. Full-time employment is permitted during the grant period only for recipients of ½-year grants.

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. Applications for delaying or interrupting of the grant period must be submitted to Taike no later than 30 days before the start of the interruption.
 
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: 01.03.2021

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