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GVL launches scholarship programme NEUSTART KULTUR 5,000 Euros for artistic projects

Soloists or choir singers, dubbing artists or dancers - freelance artists are eligible for support for scholarships via GVL totalling EUR 30m from August onwards. GVL allocates the means in the course of the scholarship programme of the collective management organisations in NEUSTART KULTUR of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Each approved artistic project will be supported with EUR 5,000.

Hardly anyone has been affected by corona lockdowns as hard as freelance performers and artists: Nearly all events, ranging from rock concerts to operas, were cancelled. Many studio productions or film shooting could also not be executed. With the scholarship programme NEUSTART KULTUR, GVL and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) intend to revive the creative and culture industries. Freelance artists can receive EUR 5,000 for creative measures this autumn. The application portal of GVL with all the details on the support and how to apply is now open. Applications can be submitted from 9 August onwards. The scholarships will be allocated in the order of receipt of the applications and after verification by an independent jury of experts until the monies have been used up.

Tilo Gerlach, Managing Director of GVL: “The corona crisis has robbed many freelance artists of the opportunity to be creatively active and to earn a living. The Federal Minister for Culture and GVL intend to change that. By way of the scholarship programme in NEUSTART KULTUR, creatives can now tackle new projects. I am convinced that scholarships provide an important boost for the entire culture and creative sectors.”

Freelance artists or performers employed for the duration of a production can apply for the scholarship programme if their total income has not surpassed EUR 60,000 in 2020. The promotion programme covers a broad bandwidth of artistic measures: Performances, productions or online formats. Research projects and creative further education measures are also supported.

Information on how to apply and the funding guidelines are now available via the application portal of GVL. A comprehensive FAQ section on the portal provides answers to the most important questions. Applications can be submitted directly and online via the application portal of GVL from 9 August (10am) onwards. A hotline is open from Monday to Sunday (6am to 10pm) at 0202 / 2515 57305.

The scholarship programme NEUSTART KULTUR is not the first financial promotion programme which is distributed via GVL since the corona crisis has hit the industry. In addition to eight regular distributions, GVL also initiated advance payments amounting to tens of millions of Euros for performers and producers last year. This took place in the context of GVL’s own corona aid measures and additional corona support. 

You can reach the application portal of GVL here:

Further information on the scholarship programme of the collective management organisations in NEUSTART KULTUR can be found here:

About GVL: Those who render artistic performances or create the respective financial basis for the latter must receive money for the exploitation of their performances. GVL, the society for the administration of neighbouring rights, captures and manages such exploitations. GVL pays the fees it collects on a fiduciary basis e.g. from radio and TV stations and for the communication to the public (e.g. in restaurants or cafés) to its members in the form of a remuneration each year. More than 160,000 performers, producers of sound recordings and audiovisual recordings, music and music video clip producers as well as event organisers have placed their trust in GVL on a global level - and thus make GVL one of the biggest collective management organisations and music licensing companies for neighbouring rights in the world. Shareholders of GVL are the German Orchestra Association (DOV), the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI), the Federal Acting Association (BFFS) and the Association of Independent Musicians and Music Companies e.V. (VUT). 

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