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CreaDemo and DigiDemo concept grants awarded – surprisingly high number of applications

A total of €110,000 was awarded to 22 projects. There were 180 applications for concept support, which is around 140% more than in 2022. The application period for demo grants is now open.
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Our message to decision-makers: We must harness creative industries' growth potential

Government negotiators are currently considering ways to promote economic growth and employment. In this context, we must not forget the potential of the arts and cultural industries, which, if properly harnessed, can be important not only for economic growth but also for export. Moreover, culture has strong intrinsic value and also plays an important role in promoting people’s well-being and mental resilience.
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Application period for DigiDemo and CreaDemo grants starts

The first call to open is for concept support. The grants support the development of new cultural content, innovation in creative industry products and services, and cooperation between the cultural sector and other sectors. A total of 600,000 euros will be distributed from the separate funding allocated by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
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Application period for AVEK's grants for the creative industries starts

DigiDemo, CreaDemo and CreMa grants can be applied for from the beginning of May to the beginning of August. The grants support the development of new cultural content, innovation in creative industry products and services, and cooperation between the cultural sector and other sectors.
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Flaws in legislation need correcting: Authors must be guaranteed the right to decide on the use of their works in digital services

The use of cultural content on digital platforms is growing, but less and less of the revenue goes to the authors. At this summer’s SuomiAreena, authors called for stronger measures from policy-makers to ensure that people can make a living from the digital use of their works, now and in the future.
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Petition is handing to the Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä. Eicca Toppinen, Virpi Suutari, Hannaleena Heiska, Lintilä, Anne Salomaa and Lauri Kaira are in the row.

Petition of Suomi elää luovuudesta campaign handed to Minister of Economic Affairs

Today, the Suomi elää luovuudesta (In Finland, creativity is life) campaign handed in its petition to Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre Party). In the petition, more than 4,700 well-known creative professionals and citizens appeal for increasing the appreciation and acknowledgement of the sector: for Finland, creative industries provide opportunities for sustainable growth and internationally significant commercial activities. The signees appealed to the Minister to convert cutbacks into investments and, in the future, place creative professions on an equal footing with other forms of livelihood.
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A creative path to the future: SuomiAreena to examine creative work in the digital age

How can creative professionals earn a living through digital platforms? How can legislation enable cultural vitality and continuity? These questions will be discussed in the SuomiAreena event of 13 July, where the creative industry will look into the future.
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Repetition is the mother of learning: A creative professional deserves to be remunerated for their work

The message of the title seems obvious, but unfortunately it is not. In her blog post, our communications specialist Iina Saarinen asks what kind of value we are ready to give to the creative industry now that it is in crisis.
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Vaatelaastarin tuotekuva. Kaksi lasta istuu katsomassa maisemaa, toppavaatteet on paikattu Vaatelaastareilla.

Financial support for the creative industries cut by half: DigiDemo and CreaDemo grants for cultural content and innovations under threat

The DigiDemo and CreaDemo grants awarded by AVEK to the creative industries will be cut by half in 2021. Distributed for almost 20 years, these grants are funded from a special appropriation granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture that comes from profits obtained from gaming operations. AVEK’s product development support has helped companies and products such as Supercell, Gigglebug Entertainment, Arilyn and Oikiat Design’s Vaatelaastari (FabPatch) get started. The drastic decrease in the amount of financial support is a new blow to the creative industries and threatens their reform and innovation.
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Kuva AVEKin johtaja Ulla Simosesta

New cuts to the creative industries, which are in need of support: even the sprouts of growth are being suppressed

“The beginning of new stories is in jeopardy,” writes Director of AVEK Ulla Simonen in her blog. The DigiDemo and CreaDemo grants distributed by AVEK will be cut by half in 2021, and the future of the appropriation is unknown.
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