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TARU artist training starts at the beginning of 2006


TARU training for artists starts near the beginning of 2006. The following groups specialising in the performing arts and music can take part in the training:

  • immigrant artists

  • disabled artists

  • recently graduated artists, or artists soon to graduate

1. How to create a CV and portfolio

The training begins with the basics – creating a professional CV and portfolio. During the course, we learn the basics of how to market our work and begin to develop our own project ideas.

The students will be informed on TARU production advice and other services.

Participation: open to everyone

Numbers: from 20 to 30 persons per course

Languages: separate courses in Finnish and in English
Duration: 20 h, evening and weekend lessons

Time: to be announced

Preliminary registration:

2. How to develop the project idea and write a grant application

In the second stage, we develop and improve our project ideas. Then we apply for a grant for implementing our ideas.

This course is available to everyone with a tentative production idea and who wants to be able to work as a professional artist.

The artists get to meet production trainees during the course, which it is hoped will lead to long term production co operation. With the help of a professional producer, artists and production trainees create a project plan and a budget for the grant application. An expert in the field provides an assessment of the application before it is sent off. Finally, the grant decisions arrive, and we analyse why the applications were accepted or rejected.

Participation: for artists with a tentative project idea

Numbers: from 20 to 30 persons per course

Languages: separate courses in Finnish and in English

Duration: 32 h, weekend lessons

Time: to be announced

Preliminary registration:

3. Applying for the TARU tutor programme

The prerequisite for applying for the tutor programme is a completed, professional project plan. The plan may be already finished, or it may be created in TARU grant training. A professional jury selects the participants on the basis of their applications.

The tutor group productions are compiled into TARU TV programmes, broadcast on the TV 1 and YLE 24 channels. The contributors to the programmes are provided with assistance in production planning, media relations, and marketing. TARU promotes the co operation of artists and producer trainees, organising additional training if necessary. The productions are presented via various media as ‘showcases’.

The tutor programme results in either a complete TARU festival or in a series of productions marketed by TARU. TARU does not provide any financial production grants; the TARU support consists of customised training, media and marketing assistance, and help with gaining wide publicity.

Participation: productions chosen by a jury of professionals

Numbers: approx. 10 productions

Languages: Finnish and English

Duration: according to the production schedules, until June 2007

Registration: to be announced after the grant training

4. Are you interested in working as an actor on TV?

TARU is planning master class type training for actors who want experience in TV work. The TARU TV programme of 12 October 2005 presented the BBC model for training disabled actors to work for television.

TARU is now exploring whether TARU artists would be interested in similar training. The goal is to organise TV actor training for all the target groups of TARU, for young and immigrant actors in addition to disabled actors.

Preliminary registrations can be e mailed to

5. International TARU work

TARU is an international project with partners in four countries: England, Germany, Italy, and Sweden.

During autumn 2005, the different projects set up the framework for co operation. The co operation includes seminars, training, and exchanging of experiences.

TARU will inform artists about international developments and possibilities for co operation during spring 2006.