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Factsheet for case EE-2020-10/971 – measures in Estonia

Support to collective leaders participating in the song and dance festival movement

Toetus laulu- ja tantsupeo liikumises osalevatele kollektiivijuhtidele

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 March 2020 – 31 May 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
Author Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound
Case created 13 July 2020 (updated 14 July 2020)

Background information

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is a traditional cultural event held in Estonia in every five years. Numerous choir and dance collectives work continuously to learn and practice the songs and dances performed during the Celebration. Due to the containment measures, the collectives were unable to meet and practice, which in turn affected the income of the leaders of the collectives. To mitigate the financial hardship, the Ministry of Culture developed a temporary support measure for them. Relevant regulation was adopted in May 2020 after the adoption of the supplementary state budget act on 15 April 2020.

Content of measure

The support is meant for leaders of the collectives participating in the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration movement. The target group involves, for example, conductors, folk dance or folk music instructors, concert masters, piano accompanists.

The support covers 70% of the average income of the period October 2019 – February 2020 of the collective leader, but not more than €1,000 per month. The support can be paid for March, April and May 2020.

The applicant must be a legal person with a valid contract and no tax arrears prior to the emergency situation. They must have received regular support from the budget of the Ministry of Culture in 2019. The income of the collective leader must be decreased between March and May 2020. The total budget of the measure is €0.6 million and applications were accepted between 12 and 19 May 2020.

Use of measure

According to the explanatory note of the regulation, around 2,000 collectives have been affected by the COVID-19.

The support was allocated altogether to 261 collective leaders in the total amount of €120,768.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


A few relevant organisations uniting dance and song collectives and their leaders were consulted by the Ministry of Culture.

Views and reactions

No detailed information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Legal, social and cultural professionals


  • 01 May 2020: Support conditions (Kriisiabi laulu- ja tantsupeo liikumises osalevatele kollektiivijuhtidele) (


Eurofound (2020), Support to collective leaders participating in the song and dance festival movement, case EE-2020-10/971 (measures in Estonia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.