Some EUR 600,000 in additional funds are to be set aside for the music city funds in 2018, a press release said Monday. The Ministry for Culture has added monies earlier provided separately to e-music and jazz promotion to the funds. Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media, said: “Artists should benefit from the optimism in Hamburg’s culture that we have been experiencing since the Elbphilharmonie opened. The music city funds is an important instrument for the free music scene with which we can strengthen Hamburg’s vital and creative people as well as the multifaceted music scene.”
Last year, the music city funds of EUR 500,000 annually were 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. 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.
Boosting Hamburg’s free music scene
The music city funds allows free orchestras, musicians, groups and ensembles to work on their compositions and present them in public. Special support is 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.
The Ministry for Culture and Media provides funds once a year for the period January 1-December 31 of the following year. A jury selects the recipient. Those interested can submit their projects between May 19-June 17, 2017.