Forms of support

The purpose of the Finnish Music Foundation (MES) is to promote and support Finnish music in its diverse forms. Finnish music pertains to productions of such performing artists, composers, lyricists and/or arrangers who are Finnish citizens or reside permanently in Finland.

Operations of the Foundation combine those funding activities that were previously carried out by ESEK (Finnish Performing Music Promotion Centre) and LUSES (Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Music).

The Foundation implements its purpose by distributing grants and financial assistance, as well as otherwise promoting and financially supporting live music events, phonogram production, music marketing and export, publishing, education, research and development activities associated with Finnish music. The scope of the promotion activities covers all genres of music and is focused on professional music making.

Support activities are financed through funds from copyright organizations Gramex and Teosto, private copying levies and government subsidies.

The forms of support activities are the following:

• Phonogram production support
• Live music support
• Marketing and export support

Support is granted on the basis of applications. Applications are submitted in electronic form and are processed by an Expert Committee composed of field experts and appointed for the specific form of support concerned. Decisions are confirmed by the Board of Trustees of MES.

Applications are always to be submitted prior to the execution of a project or the release of a production. Late applications will not be processed. Decisions will be given to every applicant in writing. The processing procedure takes 4-6 weeks.

There are four application deadlines per year for the above-listed forms of support.

Phonogram production support
Marketing and export support
Live music support
Tips for the application process


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