The application time for puls has ended the 16th of April.
Applicants will receive a response in mid June.
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 aims to:
In 2018 will festivals and venues based in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland have the possibility to apply to become two-year puls promoter.
The applicants must 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.
Approved puls promoters from 2017 must confirm that they continue as puls promoters in 2018-2019. This is done completing and sending the Continuation form and a budget for the puls-concerts 2018-2019. In the programme 2018-2019 puls promoters must collaborate with one or more puls-promoters on two concerts as a minimum. Find the Continuation form in the menu "Apply now" at the top of this page.
puls promoters must also 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.
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.
Funding is allocated for specific programmes for one year at a time. Applicants in 2018 have to plan a programme to take place in the period from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019. Applicants based in Norway, Sweden and Åland have to plan a programme of between 5-8 concerts. Applicants based in Greenland or Iceland have to plan a programme of between 3-5 concerts.
puls is financed by the Nordic Culture Fund, the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture, The Danish Arts Foundation, The Ministry of Culture and Education in Finland, The Finnish Music Foundation (MES) and The Swedish Government.
Applicants have to consider and account for the following in the application in 2018:
The Fund grants DKK 8,000 - 12,000 per concert. Applicants from Iceland and Greenland can apply for grants up to DKK 20,000 per concert (one band = one concert). Further grants of DKK 20,000 are also available for communications and audience development.
All applicants must apply for proposals for a specific programme. The programme must consist of concerts involving Nordic artists, to take place between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019. Applicants based in Norway, Sweden and Åland have to plan a programme of between 5-8 concerts. Applicants based in Greenland or Iceland have to plan a programme of between 3-5 concerts.
The programme's concerts do not have to be confirmed, and the beneficiaries can later change up to 1/3 of the requested concert programme without the Nordic Culture Fund's approval, provided that the programme still meet the puls criteria.
Special requirement for existing puls-promoters
Designated puls promoters from 2017 must collaborate with one or more puls promoters on two concerts as a minimum in the concert programme 2018-2019. It is the puls promoters who define the form and format of the collaboration.
New applicants from Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland must submit their application online along with the puls appendix. The application has to include a brief description of the project, information and key data.
The following attachments should be uploaded along with the application:
Approved puls promoters from 2017 must confirm that they continue as puls promoters in 2018-2019.
This is done completing and sending the following attachments to email@example.com:
The attachments can be sent from 15th of February. They must be submitted at latest on 16th of April 2018.
Promoters have to apply to the Nordic Culture Fund to be puls organisers.
A reference group comprising national arts funding bodies and music organisations screened 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 screened applications from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.
The puls expert group assess the applications focusing on quality in the music programmes, dissemination efforts and in external collaboration.
The final decision on the new applicants and the level of supporting existing puls promoters is based on a compilation of the two assessments.
The national live music organisations host annual network meetings for all funding recipients. The next network meeting will be held in collaboration with Norske Konsertarrangører in Norway August/September 2018.
puls promoters who are not based in Norway will be awarded a travel allowance of DKK 3,000 for participating in the network meeting.
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