TelepART Report: Quick and efficient travel support has increased the mobility of performing arts
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18 October 2017

The TelepART Mobility Support Platform has made over a hundred international performance visits possible for 155 artists. The programme has met the needs of performing artists looking to gain international exposure by providing an efficient grant scheme.

In the spring of 2016, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux launched the TelepART Mobility Support Platform, a new efficient grant scheme to promote international exchange for emerging and mid-career performing artists. The purpose of the grant was to increase the mobility between Finland and the Benelux countries in the form of guest performances, performances at festivals and performance tours.

In April 2017, by the initiative of The Finnish Institute in London, the TelepART programme extended to cover performance visits from Finland to the United Kingdom and Ireland and vice versa. In October 2017 we produced a report about the results of the programme’s first year and a half to examine its impact.

Over 100 performance visits by 155 artists

The TelepART mobility programme has met the needs of performing artists looking to gain international exposure by providing an efficient grant scheme, which helps artists grasp crucial opportunities to network and showcase their work. By September 2017 the total of awarded funds was 25 500 euros, which made possible 106 international performance visits. In total, the TelepART grant has been awarded to 49 projects and has benefited 155 artists. Event organisers have paid over 124 000 euros in performance fees to the participating artists.

In the past 18 months 37 projects and 85 performances have been made possible with funding from the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. By August 2017 The Finnish Institute in London has awarded grants for 12 projects and 21 performances.

The mobility grant has had a significant impact: Feedback about the programme was gathered from the artists and event organisers who received support. 85 % of the artists believed that the TelepART funded performance will lead to new opportunities within a year. Nearly all performers (91 %) and event organisers (83 %) who responded to the feedback questionnaires felt that their TelepART grant was a key factor in making the project possible.

Quick and efficient grant scheme meets the needs of performing artists

A flexible mobility support scheme is a crucial tool for artists, for whom work opportunities across Europe and the world are increasingly important. Based on the survey and the analysis of the first year and a half of activities, one can say that there is both a need and a demand for the TelepART funding model. The online call for applications is permanently open and the turn-around time for grant decisions takes no longer than two weeks. Thus, via the programme artists can react rapidly and flexibly to emerging opportunities.

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux and The Finnish Institute in London have carried out the TelepART programme in collaboration with Music Finland, Dance Info Finland, Theatre Info Finland, and CircusInfo Finland. TelepART Mobility Support Platform has been made possible by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

 

The 2017 TelepART report (in Finnish)

Read more about the TelepART project

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