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Music city funding 2018 agreed

38 free music projects to receive funding next year

An independent panel has recommended funding for 38 projects in Hamburg’s free music sector next year, a press release said Tuesday (November 21, 2017). Launched in 2016 alongside concert financing for the Elbphilharmonie, the senate and parliament has pooled EUR 500,000 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.

Support for free music sector

Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media, said: “The 122 applications in the second round of funding reflect the diversity of thought and work in the free music sector. The additional EUR 500,000 in music city funding expands the artistic scope of the free music scene and facilitates larger products, which could not be financed otherwise. We are building up the diversity of music in Hamburg successfully with the funds.”

Funding irrespective of genres

The selected projects ranging from medieval music to pop music and jazz receive between EUR 5,000 and EUR 50,000. Solo artists, bands, agencies and music societies and associations have applied for funding which allows free orchestras, musicians, groups and ensembles to work on their compositions and perform them in public. Special support is offered to projects and events with a high artistic value or innovative concepts that add new impetus to music in Hamburg or that boost singular music divisions and create new collaborations.

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