TelepART - mobility grants for performing artists

TelepART Mobility Support promotes opportunities for performing artists to travel and perform internationally. It is an easy and quick micro-funding format aimed for emerging and semi-established professional artists.

The grant is intended for travel and accommodation costs up to EUR 1000 and the funding decision is made within two weeks from the application.

Run by the Finnish Cultural Institutes, the platform hopes to generate more cultural exchange opportunities between Finland and the following countries (in both directions): Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, France (from 2019 onwards), Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

The platform is permanently open to applications, which can be submitted by individual performers; groups; representatives of performers, such as agencies; or event organisers. Applicants will be notified of the decision within two weeks of submitting the application.

Funding may be granted for travel, accommodation and shipping costs. Starting from €100, the support is limited to a maximum of €1,000. The grant must not represent more than 50% of the total cost of the production. Total production costs include travel, accommodation and shipping costs, performance fees and other performance related non-fixed costs (i.e. the technical staff for the performance), all including VAT. This rule assures that the travel budget is in balance with the size of the event.

The Performer must receive a reasonable compensation for their work (“performance fee”). Daily allowances, meals, etc. are neither supported by the programme nor included in the “Total costs of the production”.

The funding is granted at the discretion of the Finnish Cultural Institutes, in consultation with varying performing arts professionals. Funded projects are published on the website of the relevant institute.

The application will be evaluated by the following criteria:

– Artistic merit

– The significance of the funding for the performer’s professional and artistic activities

– The amount of funding applied for and the budget balance

– The impact of the project on the quality and quantity of cultural exchange between Finland and the specified country.

In order to be eligible for the grant, both the performer and the event organiser must have a preliminary commitment to the project. 

TelepART project is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Wihuri Foundation and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

More information can be found here.