We allocate funds on three levels: the general project fund (which has three annual deadlines), OPSTART (which accepts applications at any time) and priority theme funding pools (which have specific criteria and application deadlines).
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED. IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO APPLY FOR puls.
In 2017–19, music venues and festivals will have a unique opportunity to focus on live music in the Nordic Region and present Nordic-based, promising artists with international potential. puls is a three-year funding programme that in 2017 alone will allocate DKK 3.5 million to around 35 venues and festivals across the Nordic Region.
puls aims to:
Who is eligible to apply?
All concert promoters are eligible to apply, e.g. music venues and organisations that host concerts or festivals. Applicants must be based in a Nordic country and be professionally organised, e.g. as a not-for-profit association, fund or enterprise. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Promoters are welcome to submit joint applications for programmes, communication plans, curating and artistic development, e.g. collaborations between institutions and promoters, or regional or international partnerships between multiple promoters.
What puls funds
puls provides funding to enable promoters to put on programmes featuring promising artists based in the Nordic Region, and to communicate with audiences in a focused manner. Throughout the funding period, the promoters must work on the basis of a relevant Nordic programme, artistic vision and public communications strategy. Their focus may, for example, be on programme content, networking, artistic exchanges and public information.
In 2017, Nordic concert promoters can apply to become three-year puls promoters. Funding is allocated for specific programmes for one year at a time. Applicants in 2017 must plan a programme of between five and eight concerts, to take place in the period from August 2017 to 31 July 2018.
puls does not fund
Evaluation criteria Applicants must consider and account for the following:
Grants of DKK 8,000–12,000 per concert will be provided (one band = one concert). Further grants of DKK 15,000–25,000 are also available for communications and audience development.
Application by single promoter: In 2017, promoters can apply for funding for a specific programme of between five and eight concerts involving Nordic artists, to take place between August 2017 and 31 July 2018. Support may also be provided for a further 2–4 concerts, to be arranged by the promoters in co-operation with other promoters in receipt of puls funding, in order to create touring opportunities for artists.
Applications by multiple promoters: Where an application is made for a collaboration involving multiple promoters, funding may be provided for a larger number of concerts – up to a maximum of eight per promoter. Applications must include Applications must be submitted online along with the puls appendix. Applications may be submitted from 1 February 2017.
The application must include a brief description of the project, information and key data. The following attachments should be uploaded along with the application:
Selection criteria for puls organisers: Promoters must apply to the Nordic Culture Fund to be puls organisers. A reference group comprising national arts funding bodies and music organisations will screen the applications at national level. The reference group consists of Danish Arts, Culture Council, State Culture, the Finnish Music Foundation (MES) and Iceland Music Export. The Nordic Culture Fund will screen applications from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The expert group makes the final decisions based on the applications and the recommendations of the reference group.
Networking meeting for puls promoters: The national live music organisations will host annual networking meetings for all funding recipients. The first networking meeting will be held in Denmark in October 2017.
puls in 2018 and 2019: puls promoters must submit a brief annual evaluation of the period, along with an updated description of their artistic concept and a plan for audience development for the coming year. The Culture Fund intends to promote synergies between venues in order to generate touring opportunities for artists. This may lead to revised criteria for co-operation on the development of puls promoters’ programmes for 2018 and 2019.