City of Helsinki Cultural Office Year 2014 in Brief Culture companion is a volunteer who assists you to an event and keeps you company. A group of volunteers at the Helsinki Music Centre. Photo: Mika Ruusunen Pelle Miljoona. Photo: Mika Ruusunen 30 TOIMINTAKERTOMUS 2014 Grants IN 2014, THE CULTURAL AND LIBRARY COMMITTEE awarded EUR 16.9 million in grants, in support of the arts and culture. Of this sum, EUR 4.2 million was allocated to professional theatres covered by the Theatres and Orchestras Act and EUR 12.6 million in support of associations. The grants allocated to associations were mainly awarded as operating subsidies to music schools, professional theatres not covered by the Theatres and Orchestras Act, museums, art schools and institutes, as well as educational and arts associations. The Cultural and Library Committee also awarded grants for instance to individual cultural projects, in support of cultural associations, to local cultural projects, cultural activity development projects and as Art Grants to professional artists. During the year, a total of 1,094 applications were processed, 657 of which received grants. The Cultural Prize for 2014 was awarded to musician and author Pelle Miljoona. This prize is awarded annually for an artist resident in Helsinki for artistic merit or for significant contributions to cultural life in Helsinki. The prize sum is EUR 1,000. The Art Grants awarded totalled EUR 256,000. Recipients included practitioners of media arts, cartoon arts, popular music and dance. There were 304 applicants, and 75 professional artists were awarded a grant. The Cultural and Library Committee awarded the Cultural Act prize for 2014 to Association WHS ry., which opened Teatteri Unioni. The prize sum is EUR 5,000. An honourable mention in connection with the Cultural Act prize was awarded to the Arkadia International Bookshop and the Ääniwalli cultural space.
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