ONpaper: Writing workshop for grant applications

It is said that it is often only through writing a project proposal that one becomes aware of the conceptual weaknesses and problems of a project idea. Therefore, the workshop invites to consider proposal writing as a sharpening of project ideas and less as a necessary evil to get funding - which it undoubtedly is as well.

In this workshop, we will explain step by step how to turn a project idea into a successful proposal text. Participants will learn how to develop a narrative structure, how to formulate a concise description and how to write a clearly structured, convincing and informative project description. We will reveal tips and tricks on how to make your application stand out from the crowd and clarify common mistakes. At the end there will be time for your questions.

  • Development of a narrative structure
  • Formulating a short description and a self-portrayal
  • What information should be included in an application?
  • What does the jury look for when reading applications?

The online workshop aims to impart basic knowledge and works with input units, group discussions, small group tasks and collegial exchange.

Speaker

Lisa Benjes

Date

Wed, 16 March 2022, 4-5.30 pm in German spoken language
Thu, 17 March 2022, 16-17.30 in English spoken language.

Target Group

The digital workshops are aimed at artists from the independent contemporary music scene in Cologne and Berlin and are free of charge.

Registration

The workshop will take place on We ask for obligatory registrations via this registration form.

Participation is free of charge.

Unfortunately, the online workshop is not barrier-free at all levels. We will make every effort to accommodate different needs and adapt the workshop if you provide us with appropriate information in the registration.

About ONpaper

In this year's online workshop series ONpaper, which we are organizing again together with ON Cologne, experts will teach basic skills for working in the independent scene.

Under the heading "Application Fitness" we will get you ready for project funding in the spring. In addition to classic workshops with introductions to the funding landscapes in Berlin and Cologne, application writing or accounting, this year we are exploring new formats such as Meet the Jury, informal get-togethers on funding or sessions for writing applications together.

Although the independent scene defines itself in part precisely by breaking away from hierarchical ways of working that widely encourage the abuse of power and racism, it is not exempt from structural exclusions either. On the contrary, it lacks diverse perspectives and non-normative bodies, attitudes, narratives, and aesthetics. With workshops on anti-racism and diversity development, we would like to accompany the scene on the process of opening up, sensitize for blind spots and facilitate access to the scene for marginalized persons with empowerment offers.

A third module on press and public relations, audience development, profile building and management will provide concrete assistance in the development and implementation of projects.

The workshop series will be continued after the summer break. We will announce the program in the course of the next few months. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions or proposals.