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Cultural Authority to provide more funds for free music scene

EUR 500,000 for 81 projects in varied music genres in 2016 and 2017

The senate and the Hamburg State Parliament agreed in January 2016 to provide music city funds of EUR 500,000 annually. Now an independent jury has decided to allocate the funds to 81 projects in various music genres in 2016 and 2017, a press release said Friday (November 25).

New impetus for music in Hamburg

Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor for Culture, said: “The free music scene is an existential part of a vibrant and multifaceted music city. Together with the funds for operating the Elbphilharmonie, we have also agreed on EUR 500,000 in additional annual music city funds. We can support different kinds of projects in the free music scene and create scope. That will allow artists to realize their music ideas and to try out new event concepts. The high number of applicants shows that the new funding programme has been well received from the start.”

The music city funds will allow free orchestras, musicians, groups and ensembles to work on their compositions and present them in public. Special support is being offered to projects and events with a high artistic value or innovative concepts and that add new impetus to music in Hamburg or that boost singular music divisions and create new collaborations.

Bands, orchestras and individual artists

Sixteen of the 81 projects are taking place in 2016 and 65 are scheduled for 2017. The funding ranges from EUR 3,000 to EUR 50,000. The music projects in the free scene range from medieval music, European concert literature to variants of current music, pop and jazz. Applicants including ensembles, bands, orchestras, individual artists, agencies, music societies and associations have applied for the funding.

The members of the jury are Petra Gaich, Director of Artistic Operations at HamburgMusik gGmbH, Prof. Dr. Georg Hajdu, professor of composition at Hamburger Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT), Mücke Quinckhardt, Managing Director of Jazzbüro Hamburg e.V. and Andrea Rothaus, Managing Director of RockCity Hamburg e.V.

EUR 1.1 million for first funding period

The new music city funds of EUR 500,000 annually will be pooled with EUR 100,000 in annual funds awarded by the Cultural Authority for serious music and jazz bringing the funds to EUR 600,000 annually from 2017. The aim is to simplify the application procedure. A total of EUR 1.1 million has been set aside for the first funding period through December 31, 2017. The sum includes EUR 500,000 annually for 2016 and 2017 and funds for serious music and jazz in 2017.

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