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puls is a springboard for the creation of a Nordic live music network. It also aims at bringing musical experiences of high artistic quality to a wider Nordic public. All sizes and types of venues and festivals are applicable to apply. The same goes for genres.

This year’s application round is now open and will close on the 16th of April 2018. New applicants must be based in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden or Åland Islands. Already appointed puls promoters from 2017 have to send in a new concert programme and their plans for 2018-2019.

Who is already part of puls?
43 venues and festivals have already been appointed as three-year puls promoters. Not only do they cover the Nordic Region well geographically, they also (re)present a wide range of genres – jazz, rock, pop, experimental music and metal just to mention some.

So far they have staged more than 100 puls concerts with up to twice as many to come during the spring and summer of 2018. The next puls season will begin in August 2018.

All puls promoters are participating in a yearly network meeting, where they get a vast Nordic network and hands on advice about how to optimize their work, e.g. audience development.

Stay tuned and get inspired at the new subsite for puls
Soon the Fund will launch its new website for puls. The site aims at giving an insight into the puls initiative. But not only that. It also provides a full list of the puls promoters. You can also dig into the wide span of Nordic artists that through puls are performing throughout the Nordic Region. For the music lovers it’s a place to update your playlist. For concert promoters it’s a place to see who to book next. Follow puls on Facebook and be updated when the new website has been launched.

Additional support from Sweden
puls has so far been financed by the Nordic Culture Fund, the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture, the Finnish Ministry for Education and Culture via the Finnish Music Foundation (MES) and the Danish Arts Foundation. In 2017, the support for the puls promoters was 4.1 mio. DKK.  The puls promoters pitched in with around twice as much. In 2018, additional financing from the Swedish government will secure that even more venues and festivals from Sweden can join the puls initiative.

Photo: The Faroese electronic act Orka performs at Radar in Aarhus, DK. Photographer: Kio Jørgensen