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Are you planning a concert? Are you making a recording? Want to focus on creative work? Get support from MES.

Apply for a grant online. Go to and log in with your personal, organisation-specific or company-specific account details. If you don't have an account, you can sign up and receive your account details via e-mail.

How to apply

  • Start your application process early.
  • Fill out the application form and submit it. You can also save your application and continue to fill it out later.
  • Only attach music samples if they are requested. The samples must be in an mp3 format in the order in which you want the committee to listen to the songs.
  • Add additional attachments. Avoid submitting unnecessary attachments (e.g. newspaper clippings, photos, posters, reports and financial statements).
  • Base your application on realistic premises. Consider carefully how much support you are applying for. Grants are usually 30–50% of the project cost estimate.

Applications must be submitted to MES prior to the project's implementation or publishing phase. Applications for finished projects are not processed, with the exception of the record production grant that can be applied for after the recording's publication. The grant must, however, be applied for latest four months after the publication date.

The application process usually takes 4–6 weeks. The decision will be sent to the applicant electronically as soon as it has been made.

If your application is successful, follow the instructions in the offer letter to receive the grant that has been allocated to you.

Do you have questions about the electronic application process? 

Reach out to Ulla Haukatsalo.

Ulla Haukatsalo

Tel: +358-9-68034042

Forms of support and application deadlines 2018

Summary statements

Submit an account of the use of the grant with the summary statement form after the project has been implemented. Some of the forms are fillable PDF forms. You will need Adobe Reader – to fill them out and print them.

Grant for live music

Download the summary statement form

Phonogram production grant

Download the summary statement form

Working grant

The summary statement is done in free form and sent to MES. The report should describe sufficiently broadly how the planned working period was completed, what was achieved during the period, as well as detailing the programme's publication/performance schedule, or the piece's publication/performance dates, its performers and performance location.

The statement must be submitted within two months of the end of the working period. The absence of a statement prevents applying for a new grant. Groups and bands, working groups and other similar entities can make a joint statement, which must include the names and application numbers of all participants.

The statement can be sent to MES either via email ( or by letter (MES, Pieni Roobertinkatu 16, 00120 Helsinki)

Marketing and export grants

Summary statements are done as free-form statements, signed and sent to MES by letter (MES, Pieni Roobertinkatu 16, 00120 Helsinki). The statement should include:

  • an account summary based on the actual costs of the project in accordance with the original budget's cost estimates, as well as a statement of actual revenue and financing
  • a brief report on the implementation of the project and its results

Audiovisual production grant

The statement summary is made by sending MES a free-form report signed by the beneficiary. The statement should include a book-based summary of the production's realised costs, cost estimates, and income/financing. The statement can be sent to MES either via email ( or by letter (MES, Pieni Roobertinkatu 16, 00120 Helsinki)

Other grants

Go to the online application form

Other sources of funding

Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) promotes and supports Finnish art by distributing approximately 34 million euros a year in scholarships to professional artist and arts organisations. In addition to music, visual arts and literature, Taike supports film, photo, stage art, circus, dance, media, multimedia art, illustration, performance art, light art, sound art, and environmental art, as well as cartoons, architecture and art journalism.

Arts Promotion Centre Finland

The Council of Finnish Foundations is the only support organisation for foundations in Finland. It maintains the Aurora database, through which applicants can search for grants and set reminders for application deadlines. The advisory board currently has 191 members. All member foundations and a large number of other foundations are assembled on the Säätiöt verkossa (Foundations online) service.