550 "Future Scholarships" for artists in Hamburg

Ministry of Culture and Media earmarks EUR 3.3 million for freelance visual artists, authors and musicians
12 November 2021
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The Ministry of Culture and Media has put EUR 3.3 million towards a scholarship scheme consisting of one-off grants of EUR 6,000 each for 550 Hamburg-based artists in the visual arts, literature and music, a press release said Monday (November 8, 2021). The so-called Future Scholarships are being launched in co-operation with the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, the Berufsverband bildender Künstlerinnen Hamburg and the Landesmusikrat Hamburg and will benefit people, who have been particularly impacted by the coronavirus-induced restrictions.

Support for further artistic development

Around 788 applications had been submitted by late August. Three expert juries, one for each artistic field, have now decided on the recipients. The grants will enable freelance artists to develop and to carry out their projects despite the restrictions.

"There has never been a scholarship programme of this size for solo artists in Hamburg before," said Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media. In the last one and a half years, it has often been impossible for the artists to pursue their artistic activities. "We have developed the funding scheme with our co-operating partners to give artists an outlook and enable them to work on artistic projects," he added. The scheme complements the previous coronavirus aid and offers the artists more financial support.