SOK stiftelsen

The SOK agreement covers all artistic professions at publicly funded performing arts institutions. Dancers, soloist singer, chorus singers, musical theatre artists and musicians over the age of 18 who are or have been employed at such institutions are also covered by SOKstiftelsen.

Only employers at specific performing arts institutions

The SOK agreement is based on employers at these performing arts institutions paying premiums to SOKstiftelsen. These premiums cover the cost of the support for career adjustment and transition. It is therefore only the combined periods of employment at such institutions that count towards your qualifying time. For example, if you have been employed at private-sector theatres or independent theatres or dance companies, this time may not be included. Neither can you include the time that you have worked at a performing arts institution on a self-employed basis and for which you have invoiced.

These employers are covered by the agreement

Who is covered:

  • Dancers born in 1979 or later
  • Soloist singers born in 1968 or later
  • Chorus singers born in 1968 or later
  • Musical theatre artists born in 1968 or later
  • Musicians and conductors born in 1960 or later (whose retirement age under the PISA regulation was 60)
  • Musicians, including conductors and rehearsal leaders, born in 1957 or later (whose retirement age under the PISA regulation was 63)

Dancers

You may apply for support if you are between 35 and 43 years old.

In order to receive active support for career transition, the minimum qualifying period is a total of 18 months over the past five years at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement.  See the list

In order to receive financial support for career adjustment and transition, the minimum qualifying period is four years (48 months) at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement (see the list), 18 months of which must have been in the past five years. 

To receive full financial support, you must have a total qualifying period of at least 16 years.

If you have worked as soloist singer or musical theatre artist you can count that time as well. If you are applying as a dancer 75 percent of your qualifying time must have been as a dancer.

Example of calculation - dancer, 35 years old

  • Qualified: worked at least 4 years, 18 months the last 5 years
  • Worked 16 years = 192 months
  • Full qualification time = 192/192 months
  • Average gross salary the last 36 qualifying months: 30 000 kr/month
  • 192/192 x (90 % of 30 000kr/month) = 27 000 kr/month before tax for 3 years

Example of calculation - dancer, 39 years old

  • Qualified: worked at least 4 years, 18 months the last 5 years
  • Worked 8,5 years = 102 months
  • Full qualification time = 192/192 months
  • Qualification time = 102/192
  • Average gross salary the last 36 qualifying months: 24 000 kr/month
  • 102/192 x (90 % of 24 000kr/month) = 11 475 kr/month before tax for 3 years or 17 212 kr/month before tax for 2 years

 

 

Soloist singers

You may apply for support if you are between 45 and 56 years old.

In order to receive active support for career transition, the minimum qualifying period is a total of 18 months over the past five years at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement. See the list

In order to receive financial support for career adjustment and transition, the minimum qualifying period is four years (48 months) at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement (see the list), 18 months of which must have been in the past five years. 

To receive full financial support, you must have a total qualifying period of at least 16 years. If you have worked as dancer or musical theatre artist you can count that time as well.

Example of calculation - Soloist singer, 48 years old

  • Qualified: worked at least 4 years, 18 months the last 5 years
  • Worked 16 years = 192 months
  • Full qualification time = 192/192 months
  • Average gross salary the last 36 qualifying months: 28 000 kr/month
  • 192/192 x (90 % of 28 000kr/month) = 25 200 kr/month before tax for 3 years 

 

Chorus singers

You may apply for support if you are between 45 and 56 years old.

In order to receive active support for career transition, the minimum qualifying period is a total of 18 months over the past four years at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement. See the list

In order to receive financial support for career adjustment and transition, the minimum qualifying period is four years (48 months) at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement (see the list), 18 months of which must have been in the past four years. 

To receive full financial support, you must have a total qualifying period of at least 16 years.

Example of calculation - Chorus singer, 48 years old

  • Qualified: worked at least 4 years, 18 months the last 4 years
  • Worked 15 years = 180 months
  • Full qualification time = 192/192 months
  • Qualification time = 180/192
  • Average gross salary the last 36 qualifying months: 28 000 kr/month
  • 180/192 x (90 % of 28 000kr/month) = 23 625 kr/month before tax for 3 years

 

Musical Theatre Artist

You may apply for support if you are between 45 and 56 years old.

In order to receive active support for career transition, the minimum qualifying period is a total of 18 months over the past five years at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement. See the list

In order to receive financial support for career adjustment and transition, the minimum qualifying period is four years (48 months) at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement (see the list), 18 months of which must have been in the past five years.

To receive full financial support, you must have a total qualifying period of at least 16 years.

If you have worked as a soloist singer or a dancer, you can count that time as well.

Example of calculation - Musical Theatre Artist, 48 years old

  • Qualified: worked at least 4 years, 18 months the last 5 years
  • Worked 16 years = 192 months
  • Full qualification time = 192/192 months
  • Average gross salary the last 36 qualifying months: 28 000 kr/month
  • 192/192 x (90 % of 28 000kr/month) = 25 200 kr/month before tax for 3 years 

 

 

Musicians

You may apply for support if you are between 55 and 64 years old.

In order to receive active support for career transition, the minimum qualifying period is a total of 18 months over the past five years at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement.

In order to receive financial support for career adjustment and transition, the minimum qualifying period is six years (72 months) at one or more performing arts institutions covered by the agreement (see the list), 18 months of which must have been in the past three years.

To receive full financial support, you must have a total qualifying period of at least 22 years.

Example of calculation - Musician, 58 years old

  • Qualified: worked at least 6 years, 18 months the last 3 years
  • Worked 22 years = 264 months
  • Full qualification time = 264/264 months
  • Average gross salary the last 36 qualifying months: 30 000 kr/month
  • 264/264 x (85 % of 30 000kr/month) = 25 500 kr/month before tax for 2 years

 

Example of calculation - Musician, 58 years old

  • Qualified: worked at least 6 years, 18 months the last 3 years
  • Worked 15 years = 180 months
  • Full qualification time = 264 months
  • Qualification time = 180/264 months
  • Average gross salary the last 36 qualifying months: 30 000 kr/month
  • 180/264 x (85 % of 30 000kr/month) = 17 386 kr/month before tax for 2 years

Example of calculation - Musician, 61 years old

  • Qualified: worked at least 6 years, 18 months the last 3 years
  • Worked 22 years = 264 months
  • Full qualification time = 264/264 months
  • Average gross salary the last 36 qualifying months: 30 000 kr/month
  • 264/264 x (75 % of 30 000kr/month) = 22 500 kr/month before tax for 2 years

 

 

Actors

Under the SOK agreement, actors and other artistic professions may instead receive an extra pension provision to enable more flexible pension withdrawal, for example through earlier retirement. These groups of professions are not covered by SOKstiftelsen.

The following applies if you are a DANCER who is still covered by the PISA regulation.

If you are a dancer and are covered by the PISA regulation (i.e. if you had less than five years until retirement age at the turn of 2014/2015), you are not covered by the SOK agreement. However, you may apply for career adjustment support from SOKstiftelsen.

  • You may apply for career adjustment support when your employment has ended but before you turn 44.
  • The payment is based on the career adjustment support allocation of 10 percent of monthly salary (13.14 percent including employer contributions) paid in to SOKstiftelsen by your employer from 1 January 2015.
  • The sum allocated to you is determined when you apply. The support payment is taxed as salary. This career adjustment support may not be converted into active support for career transition.

Apply for career adjustment support (pdf)