Omuz is a solidarity network—initiated by a group of people working in the arts and culture who believe in the urgency of unreciprocated resource sharing and cooperation—which will only be sustainable through the support of others. Omuz was established to respond to the economic precarities and inequalities, which became acutely visible during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to strengthen the network of solidarity. Omuz is a sharing network among those working and producing in the arts, bringing together those who want to receive financial support with those who want to give support.
Omuz works to create resource sharing based on trust, without any probing.
Artists, art workers, curators, writers, gallery workers and art handlers residing in Turkey, primarily those whose income or basic needs have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to Omuz.
The applications open every two months: The goal is to give out 1000TL to 100 people for one time only.
The fifth round applications are open until August 1 – September 1, 2021.
After the applications have closed, only people who were selected to receive the support will be notified.
The number of people who receive support will be determined by the number of people giving support.
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.
Those who receive funding can only be supported once a year.
The account information of those who will receive funding will only be shared with those who will be providing the funding.
Those giving support can commit to any amount individually or as a company.
It is possible to come together with friends to create a shared resource of 1000TL.
The information of those receiving and giving support is protected within the system. It is not possible to be fully anonymous due to the bank transfer procedures.
The volunteers who facilitate the network change periodically.
Omuz is not an association nor a foundation—Omuz does not receive funds, donations, or support. Omuz does not receive a commission in the transactions.