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is a sharing network among those working and producing in the visual arts, bringing together those who want to receive financial support with those who want to give support. It is a platform that responds to the economic precarities and inequalities in the field, which became acutely visible during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to strengthen the network of solidarity. It is initiated by a group of art workers from Istanbul, who believe in the urgency of unreciprocated resource sharing and cooperation, and it will only be sustainable through the support of others. 

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Omuz works to create resource sharing based on trust, without any probing.

The applications open every two months: The goal is to give out 1000TL to 100 people for one time only.

The first round applications are open until June 30, 2020.

The number of people who receive support will be determined by the number of people giving support.

Those who receive funding can only be supported once.

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.

After the applications have closed, only people who were selected to receive the support will be notified.

The account information of those who will receive funding will only be shared with those who will be providing the funding.

Those who will be giving the funding can give 1000TL individually or as a company, by committing to give 1000TL; it is possible to come together with friends to commit to this amount.

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 platform will 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.

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Please write to us to Omuz the current and future circumstances together, to volunteer, or to share your ideas and suggestions. omuz.iletisim@gmail.com

We thank SOS Relief, founded on similar needs and desires to act in solidarity in Belgium, for the inspiration and the support.