Photography permits

The Helsinki Music Centre requires all commercial photographers to apply for a permit. Photographing or recording concerts is not allowed.


No permit is required for photography in public areas of the Music Centre during normal 

opening hours, provided that it does not interfere with other activities or visitors.

In practice this means that photographers are not allowed to obstruct customers or staff and 

do not construct studio spaces within the premises. Lighting equipment and other 

photography tools must operate with a battery. (Electric cables are not allowed, in order to 

prevent tripping.)

Photography is allowed during the centre's opening hours and must stop no later than two 

hours before the evening's concert starts.

Please notify the centre’s head of communications in advance of your desire to photograph 

at the centre


Commercial photography within the centre’s public spaces and premises is always 

accompanied by a written permit issued by the centre's head of communications. 

The permit is issued in exchange for a €300 donation to the Helsinki Music Centre 

Foundation. Rented spaces and staff expenses are charged separately and according to 

current pricing.

Commercial photography is otherwise subject to the same limitations as non-commercial 

photography unless separate agreements have been made.


No permits are usually granted for photography inside the Concert Hall, except as part of the 

Musiikkitalo's own activities. Concert Hall photography must be arranged well in advance 

with the Musiikkitalos’s communications manager. The Concert Hall's rent is set according 

to current pricing.


Commercial photography in the Black Box, Camerata, Organo and Sonore halls is subject to 

space rental terms. The concert halls’ rents are set according to current pricing. The spaces 

are rented out if not booked. Contacts: tilavaraukset(a)


Sibelius Academy’s premises

Commercial photography within the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki’s 

premises is subject to space rental terms. Contacts: tilavaraukset(a)


Photography and recording are generally prohibited at concerts.

Please apply for concert photography permits from the concert organiser. Helsinki Music 

Centre does not issue photography permits on behalf of concert arranging parties.