Operational subsidies for performing arts
Call for applications
01.10.2019 - 31.10.2019
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.
Purpose and amount
Additional terms and conditions
What to include with your application
Grounds for not awarding a subsidy
Submitting applications by post
Notification of decision
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.
Note: You can apply for an operational subsidy with one application only. Select the artform that your operations most closely involve.
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. Operational subsidies help develop the contents and structures of operations within the performing arts and keep them up to date.
Applications and the operations of applicants may be evaluated by national arts councils serving as expert bodies of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland based on proposals by special advisors.
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.
In 2020, operational subsidies may be awarded as either a one-year operational subsidy or a five-year development subsidy.
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 20 000 euros, so smaller amounts should be applied for under special subsidies for a project or projects. See the call for applications for special subsidies.
Three-year subsidies may be awarded to professional performing arts communities, but the next application period for three-year subsidies will be in 2021 for 2022-2024. 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 80 000 euros/year.
A one-time five-year development subsidy may be awarded to a prior recipient of a one-year subsidy for developing operations, to a new community for a broad five-year project or in general for the applicant’s artistically ambitious and challenging five-year operations/project. The amount of the subsidy is at least 50 000 euros/year. A five-year development subsidy may be awarded to the same applicant only once.
All these subsidies are discretionary, and they are awarded on an annual basis. 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.
The awarding of operational subsidies is based on a comparison and overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, the following four criteria and questions are used, not all of which need to be fulfilled. There is no weighting in the decision-making criteria. The regional distribution and language of applicants are taken into consideration, as is the amount of available funding.
Ambition and quality of operations
- Are the community’s operations ambitious, high quality and interesting?
- What is the community’s strategy and vision or operating planning for the coming years?
- What kinds of ideas and operating models do the community’s operations offer to the field of the arts, artists and audiences?
- What international dimensions does the community have?
- How are gender equality, fairness and occupational wellbeing implemented?
- How are the principles of sustainable development implemented in operations?
- Does the community pay appropriate wages and fees?
Scope and impact of operations
- What is the scope of operations regionally, nationally and/or internationally?
- What kind of networks does the community have?
- What kind of social impact does the community’s operations have?
- How do the community’s operations encourage an understanding of or discussion about art?
- How is accessibility ensured?
- What are the key figures for operations (e.g. audience numbers, the number of performances, exhibitions, workshops)?
- What is the number of staff (person years)?
Quality of artistic content
- What is the quality and unique nature of the artistic content?
- How noteworthy is the community in its field of the arts?
- Are staff members professionals?
- What are the prior international merits of the community?
Financial sustainability and feasibility
- How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
- How realistic and balanced is the budget for the forthcoming year?
- Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for realistic and necessary in relation to the scope and financial situation of operations?
- What share (%) of actual approved costs were covered by the previous year’s subsidy?
- What was the community’s self-financing proportion for the previous financial period?
- 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 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.
- The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that communities comply with the Act on Equality between Women and Men (609/1986) and the Non-discrimination Act (1325/2014), as well as other legislative obligations for employers.
- Subsidies are awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.
- Mandatory: The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the previous financial period (annual report, long income statement and balance sheet) and operating plan and budget for the forthcoming year. The maximum file size for each attachment is 4Mb.
- Applications for five-year development subsidies should include an attachment describing the community’s vision for developing operations and its implementation plan, e.g. improving audience relations, internationalisation or clarifying the artistic core of operations.
Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.
- 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.
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.
Download the application form to your computer
Applications should be submitted either electronically or on paper (not both).
All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the end of January. You will be informed by e-mail when the decision can be accessed from our online services. If you do not receive the e-mail to your inbox, check also your junk mail folder. Applicants are responsible for checking their e-mail messages on the address supplied in the application. If you have submitted your application by post, the decision shall be posted to the address you supplied in your application.
special advisor Mari Karikoski, p. 0295 330 706, firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel 0295 330 700, email@example.com