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Individual Support for Artists 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, 2017 and 2018.

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 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.

In addition to financial assistance, the Individual Support for Artists 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

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.

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