Are you a musician and would like to know more about your possibilities & rights?

Join the discussion & interesting gig of Helsinki–Cotonou Ensemble in 18.4. At Musicians´ Union and G Livelab in Pikku Roobertinkatu, Punavuori, Helsinki.

Globe Art Point organise an informal afternoon coffee & information session at the Musicians´ Union on Wednesday 18.4.2019 at 16.00-18.00 h. The evening continues with the gig starting at 19.00 h.

At the union, you will meet freelance-agent Jaakko Kämäräinen, chief legal officer Lottaliina Pokkinen, and communications officer Sanni Kahilainen who will tell you about Unions´ services for musicians and answer to your questions.

After the session, the participants are invited downstairs to the G Livelab to experience the Finnish–Beninese afrobeat group Helsinki–Cotonou Ensemble. A Helsinki-based afrobeat band with strong ties to Benin of West Africa. The ensemble’s fourth record “We Are Together” was inspired by American soul classics and they delivered ten new songs of grooving funk with an urban twist. As fRoots Magazine writes: “Weather Report meets Fela”. See more:

Note: no entrance fee for the Union session participants!

The Finnish Musicians’ Union (founded in 1917) is a trade organisation for professional musicians. It organises some 3 400 members in 23 local branches.

Individual members are given counsel and assistance free-of-charge for example in contract, tax, copyright and pension matters. If negotiations in conflict situations do not result in a satisfactory outcome, the Union takes care of members legal proceedings and costs. Also, copyright issues, collective bargaining and cultural politics are essential aspects of the work of the Musicians’ Union.

Important: There will be room for a maximum of 20 people. If you are interested in participating, please fill this form latest in 9.4.2019.

For more information, please contact Tomi Purovaara, tomi.purovaara(at)

The office of the Musicians´ Union is located at Pieni Roobertinkatu 16, 5th floor. G Livelab is around the corner in the same building (Yrjönkatu 3). Please also check Union´s website

This event is part of Globe Art Point´s GAP INFO project supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the City of Helsinki.