COVID-19 Impact On Teosto And Finnish Music Industry

With the COVID-19, the world and the creative industry are facing an unprecedented crisis. Also, Finland has implemented a number of measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Performing artists and event organizers are seriously affected especially by the restrictions on gatherings. 

Updated 18.6.2020
  • These arrangements do not affect the operations of Teosto. Teosto personnel is working remotely from 13th of March and are gradually returning to the office from the beginning of June. All meetings and customer contacts are taken place digitally or by phone. You can reach our staff normally by phone and email, see our contact information.
     
  • Teosto is also able to carry out the distributions normally. Teosto has paid June distribution to rightsholders on 11 June 2020. Also, our coming distribution to sister societies on 1st July will happen as planned. The coronavirus situation will not affect the distributions yet in June 2020; possible impacts will be visible in later distributions.
     
  • Many companies and communities have switched from live shows to livestreaming. Teosto has temporarily decided that all music licences bought for events that are free for consumers also include a licence for live-streaming until 31 July. From the beginning of August all music livestreaming events need a licence.  Please contact our media licensing at via e-mail at medialicensing @ teosto.fi to find out more.  
     
  • Licenses can also be canceled and modified at a later due date. Please read instructions for more information.
     
  • Finland’s largest mediacompany Sanoma Oyj, together with music industry organizations, has announced a campaign "Anna sen soida" to raise funding for musicians and music authors suffering from covid-19.  The campaign consists of a donation of EUR 340,000 from Sanoma, a public fundraising campaign and a radio channel to be set up for the summer, for which they will hire currently unemployed music professionals to play music and share their stories about music. The goal is to raise a total of one million euros for Finnish musicians and authors. The grant process is carried out by Music Promotion Foundation MES and application period is 12.-19.6.2020. More information at: https://www.musiikinedistamissaatio.fi/en/support
     
  • Authors and publishers who are our customers can now easily request an advance payment on their royalties. We have also broadened the advance payment criteria: it can be granted if your royalties have been more than € 3,000 a year in the previous two years. We process applications on an ongoing basis and pay the requested advances as soon as possible.
  • Finnish Music industry organizations have sent Finnish government a proposal for crisis and recovery measures. The proposal, signed by ten organizations, emphasizes that the music industry is one of the industries most affected by the coronavirus and calls for the government to take urgent action to save it from the worst crisis in its history. The petition includes proposals of both financial crisis support for immediate losses and also long-term support  for the future effects of the covid-19.
  • Our petition to improve unemployment security for those working in the creative sector, containing almost 10 000 signatures was handed over to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health in June 4th.
  • TEOSTO and its member organizations are preparing to provide a special funding for domestic composers, lyricists, arrangers, and music publishers later this year, when the negative effects of the covid-19 begin to show in copyright royalties. We are currently exploring the possibilities of e.g. using national funds as well as Teosto Fund funds for supporting authors.

Other measures

Teosto is fully committed to supporting the creative community in every way we can. Teosto is actively working with other organizations of the music industry, both domestically and internationally, to push political solutions to help our creators. The following measures already have been addressed in Finland:

  • In it’s fourth supplementary budget proposal, Finnish Government has provided EUR 9.6 in grants to organisers of cultural events, enabling them to continue their activities despite losses and to prepare for organising 2021 events. The package includes also new financial support for business costs, amounting to a proposed EUR 300 million, to be introduced in the business sector. 
     
  • The restrictions are being phased out gradually and in a controlled manner starting on 1 June. Public premises that have been closed will reopen in a controlled manner starting in the beginning of June. Restaurants can be open between 6.00 and 23.00. but maximum number of customers inside restaurants is limited to half of normal number. Public events with a maximum of 50 persons are allowed. Public events and public meetings of maximum of 500 persons in can be organised under special arrangements. For outdoor events where there are several sections or demarcated areas intended for audiences, a total audience of more than 500 persons may be permitted starting on 1 July with special separation arrangements. 

Past measures

  • Finnish government has granted increase of over EUR 40 million for the arts and culture sector due to the loss of ticket revenue and other income as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The additional appropriation would be used to support the activities of authors in the arts and culture sector until 31 May 2020. A total of EUR 19 million would be allocated to professionals in the field of arts and culture, artists, self-employed persons, freelancers and independent groups in the field of arts and culture, cultural events, and other cultural organisations. A total of EUR 3.2 would be allocated to national art institutions and a total of EUR 18 million to theatres, orchestras and museums receiving central government transfers. Read more
  • MES - Music Promotion Fund of Finland has announced a special funding of half a million euros to alleviate the problems caused by Covid-19. Support is distributed to individual authors/creators or members of bands/teams. The funding provides about 300 one-month work grants (a ’€ 1,733). More information here (in finnish)
  • Finnish Music Export organization Music Finland (funded by TEOSTO) has also a special funding  for the promotion of music exports. The purpose of the grant is to promote the export and awareness of Finnish music, especially on digital platforms. The amount of grant can be 500-6000 euros.
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture, together with several foundations and Arts Promotion Centre Finland granted a swift assistance of EUR 1.5 million to arts and culture professionals who have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Business Finland has launched a special funding for SMEs and midcap companies whose business is affected by corona virus outbreak. This funding is specifically targeted, among others, at creative sector.
  • The government allows also freelancers and sole traders to claim unemployment benefits without shutting down their businesses. The waiting period before people can claim unemployment benefits is also eliminated. More information
  • The National Broadcasting Company YLE has announced that it will increase the amount of music on its channels. Commercial channels also rely heavily on the power of music.

We wish all our music authors, publishers and clients good health and well-being in this critical situation. Many of us turn to music to help us get through hard times of crisis.

Let’s keep the music playing!

from the beginning of August