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City provides funds for free music scene in Hamburg

Hamburg Cultural Authority makes EUR 1.1 in funds available to promote music. More funds especially for free music scene

The Senate and Parliament of Hamburg has earmarked an extra EUR 50,000 annually to expand and further develop the free music scene in the context of financing the Elbphilharmonie’s music schedule. An independent expert jury will decide on the provision of the funds. Now, the cultural authority has begun inviting tenders for the music city funds.

Details of funding

A total of EUR 1.1 million has been set aside for the first funding period from October 15, 2016 to December 31, 2017. That sum includes the music city funds for 2016 and 2017 and existing funds for promoting e-music and jazz from 2017. From 2018, a total of EUR 600,000 annually (EUR 500,000 in music city funds and EUR 100,000 for e-music and jazz) will be tendered.

Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor for Culture, noted: “Apart from outstanding musical icons, the music city of Hamburg also needs the creative fundament for a vibrant and diverse music scene. The city is providing another half a million euro annually in extra means with the music city funds. By doing so, we seek to improve the promotion of this enriching diversity and across genres.”

Co-operation and internationalization

The music city funds will give freelance orchestras, musicians, groups and ensembles an opportunity to present their work in public. Works of great artistic value and programmes with innovative concepts and events will receive special consideration as well as certain types of music and collaborations.

Also, projects that add to the internationalization of music in Hamburg or which enhance music for children and youths may be eligible for funding.

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