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Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds is an initiative from the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 2015 and as part of a pilot programme in the Ruhr region, ecce has been working with people from the creative sector to develop forms of individual artistic and creative support, trialling these in 2016 and 2017.

Information on the Funding Programme

In June 2016, the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport officially approved piloting the programme Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds in the Ruhr region. This signalled the start of support in the Ruhr region with long-term incentive measures for artists and creative minds being developed and trialled with the view to eventual expansion across the whole of North Rhine Westphalia. The aim of the support is to improve the living and working conditions of artists and creative minds in all occupations and sectors of the culture and creative industries.

The funding programme is organised according to different areas of activity: artists and creative minds are able to submit applications in the areas of "individual artistic development", "thematic applications" and "artistic actions" for funding for grants, own projects and activities. In the areas of "partner" and "quarter", there are also options for institutions, networks and towns/cities to submit applications for support for programmes and concepts that fund artists and creative minds.

In addition to financial assistance, the Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds also offers artists and creative minds networking and information events across the Ruhr region. The aim is to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue as part of the support initiative. The impacts of such dialogues go beyond the period of financial support and strengthen the working structures of artists and creative minds over the long term.

 

The Jury of the Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds

An independent jury makes recommendations on who is to receive support. The jury is interdisciplinary and generally comprises five members made up of artists, creative minds and representatives from cultural organisations based in the Ruhr region. For each application deadline, a jury is put together from a pool of up to 20 people. The jury is appointed by ecce GmbH in consultation with the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

  • Achievements so far

    Achievements so far

    In 2015, Prognos AG carried out an online survey of around 1200 artists and creative minds in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on behalf of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport. Three quarters of those surveyed stated that the cities and regions in NRW are the locations of choice to carry out their professions. However, the survey also revealed that local structural conditions are sub-optimal – for example, there is a lack of affordable workrooms, an absence of dialogue with policymakers, and insufficient recognition and visibility.

    In autumn 2015, ecce was commissioned by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport to use the interests and needs of artists and creative minds as determined by the survey to draft a concept to support and improve their working and living conditions. In April 2016, this concept was then presented to and discussed in detail with around 100 attendees at the 9th network meeting of Creative.Quarters Ruhr in the Dortmunder U. Up to May 2016, all interested parties could send in their feedback and suggestions for the planned funding programme. The feedback was used to produce a pilot programme for the Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds in the Ruhr region which was then approved by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport.

     

    In September 2016, initial applications were received from artists and creative minds as well as from partnership institutions for assistance from the programme Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds. Since then there have been monthly submission deadlines with a jury meeting in each of the fields of funding. Since October 2016, the first funded projects have been approved and carried out.

    At the end of the first submissions phase, the 10th network meeting of Creative.Quarters Ruhr in the Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen (science park Gelsenkirchen) publicly reported on the current funding situation and discussed experiences and feedback with applicants, funded persons and interested parties. Information continues to be exchanged between those involved through face-to-face talks as well as at other events. Such feedback is a core element in optimising the funding structure which, based on the funding information, undergoes continuous revision as well as jury procedures also being further developed.

  • Contact information

    Nele Marx

    Project management

    Phone: +49 (0) 231 222 275 70

    Mail: marx(at)e-c-c-e.com

     

     

    Angelika von Ammon

    Project assistent

    Phone: +49 (0) 231 222 275 71

    Mail: vonammon(at)e-c-c-e.com