Sa, 30/04/2022, 23:45 Uhr

INITIAL 2 – Neue Kooperationen

Sonderstipendium der Akademie der Künste

As part of NEUSTART KULTUR, a Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media programme, the Akademie der Künste is awarding the INITIAL 2 Special Grant – New Cooperations to fund the research and development of artistic projects, which are created in cooperations and collaborations between artists. In addition, the special grant intends to initiate networks between art, education, and civil society and support new artistic practices with social impact.

The grant is awarded for the funding period from 1 July 2022 ‒ 31 December 2022.

One to maximal four artists can submit an application for a cooperative project.

Cooperative projects that meet one or more of the following criteria are expressly preferred. These projects:

are developed across all disciplines,
examine and try out new forms of artistic practice,
are created at the intersections of art and education, whether in artistic research or cultural communication and education,
are planned in contexts that affect civil society, for example, in collaboration with public institutions, such as community shelters, socio-cultural centres, and non-profit associations,
go beyond typical, well-established cooperation experiences with institutional partners.

Eligible applicants are professional artists who live in Germany and work in the fields of music, performing arts, architecture, visual arts, literature, or film and media art/audio plays. All artists involved in the cooperative project must fulfil requirements recognising their status as professionals.

Not eligible for funding: Any partners involved in the cooperative project, who do not meet the requirements as professional artists living and working in Germany. This restriction also applies to public institutions, socio-cultural centres, associations, natural or legal entities.

Each artist involved in a cooperative project, with a maximum of four participants, will receive a grant in the amount of 9,000 euros.

A specialist jury made up of artists, curators and members of the Akademie der Künste decides how the grants should be allocated.

Decisive criteria for receiving a grant are:

A cooperative project with a future-oriented and sustainable concept,
the project’s artistic quality, consistency and development potential,
and its potential to affect society.

Equal treatment of all genders is inherent to the selection process.

The application can only be submitted online via the application portal. The link to the portal will become available on this website as of 1 April 2022.
A maximum of 1,600 applications will be accepted in the order of receipt. When this number is reached the application portal will close, at the latest on 30 April 2022 at 11:59 pm.

The application for the cooperative project, prepared in collaboration with all the participating artists, must be submitted by one of the artists involved.

Please note: Simultaneous funding by other federal funds (including other NEUSTART KULTUR programmes), state, or municipal sources and the INITIAL 2 Special Grant is not allowed. This applies to all artists involved in a cooperative project.

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