Omuz is a solidarity network initiated in 2020 by a group of people working in arts and culture, who believe in the urgency of unreciprocated resource sharing and cooperation. Omuz was established to respond to the economic precarities and inequalities, which became acutely visible during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to strengthen solidarity in the arts ecosystem because Omuz believes that responding to these will only be sustainable through the support of others. As a network for individuals who are working and producing in the arts, Omuz brings together those who want to receive financial support with those who want to provide it. Between June 2020 and January 2022, out of 1337 applications, 404 individuals received support with a total amount of 404,000 TL. 8th period applications to Receive Support can be submitted between 1 August 2022 and 1 October 2022.
The number of people who receive support will be determined by the number of people who provide support.
The objective during each period is to provide 1,500TL to 100 people for one time only.
Those giving support can commit to any amount individually or as an organization or corporation. It is possible to come together with friends to create a shared resource of 1,500TL.
The individual who wants to receive support can only apply on their own behalf. Applications sent through other individuals and institutions will not be taken into consideration.
Those receiving support will be matched with those giving support through a software that makes the selection randomly. The order in which the application was received is not a determining factor. Omuz will notify only those who receive the support within two weeks of the application closing date.
The bank account information of those who will receive support is shared with those who will be providing the support.
The information of those receiving and giving support is protected within the system of Omuz. It is not possible to be fully anonymous due to bank transfer procedures.
The individual receiving support can benefit from Omuz only once in a year.
Omuz volunteers change every three months.
Omuz is not an association or a foundation—Omuz does not receive funds, donations, or support. Omuz does not receive a commission in the transactions.