The Finnish Music Foundation (MES)


The Finnish Music Foundation (MES) was founded in 2012 for promoting and supporting Finnish music, both performing and creative. It continues the funding activities of ESEK (The Finnish Performing Music Promotion Centre) and LUSES (The Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Music), which have stopped their activities.

The scope of the Finnish Music Foundation’s promotion encompasses all types of music. Priority is given to professional music making. The promotional activities are mainly funded by using private copyright funds, but also the government gives funds for the activities.

The foundation supports projects which includes Finnish artists and/or Finnish music. Support is granted on the basis of applications. They may be done free-form and sent by email or by post (addresses below).



Following information is needed in the application (for live music projects):

  • name and contacts of the applicant, e.g. official organizer of an event
  • short description of the project for which support is being applied (what? where? when?)
    with the names of the Finnish artists invited and/or of the Finnish composers whose music will be played
  • budget (in euros) of the project
  • sum applied


Deadlines (for applications of live music projects)

Deadlines for applications of live music projects: March 15, May 15, September 15 and November 15, and decisions are made in 4-6 weeks after the deadlines. Applications have to be sent before the project is carried out.

In case support would be wanted for a phonogram or an audiovisual production with Finnish artists and/or Finnish music, please contact MES for specified information for applications.



Email: mes(at) or hannu.saha(at)
Postal address: Musiikin edistämissäätiö, Pieni Roobertinkatu 16, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Telephone: +358-9-6803 4040

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