What is Omuz?

Omuz is a support initiative dedicated to the arts & culture workers facing economic difficulties and other hardships caused by the precarious working conditions through forms of solidarity and resource sharing.

Omuz came to life during the COVID-19 pandemic to draw attention to the precarious conditions endured by arts and culture workers. The initiative aspires to lay the foundation for a solidarity-based professional association to be formed in the future.

10th Period

10th period applications have ended.

Focusing on the February 6th earthquake disaster, the application dates were between October 23 and November 24, 2023. Receive Support / Give Support forms have been opened to submission between this time frame. Omuz has matched Receive and Give Support forms between November 27 – December 9. The support amount for this period was 3,000 TL per person.


Omuz has different volunteers each period as well as facilitators from previous periods who transfer their experience. In this way, Omuz aims to have a fluid and non-hierarchical organizational model. Facilitators for this period are Emre Erbirer, Esra A. Aysun, Melis Bektaş, Özge Açıkkol, Saliha Yavuz, Sevim Sancaktar, and Yelta Köm. The visual materials of this period are designed by Özge Akdeniz.


October 23 – November 24, 2023 | Receive Support and Give Support applications
November 27 – December 9, 2023 | Matching of applications and transfer of the support