Grants Upstream: Music x Design
In last year's third and final round of the Upstream: Music x Design programme, grants were awarded to three very different projects. Loden Rietveld, Remy van Kesteren and Babusi Nyoni are all engaged in projects for which they each seek unique forms of collaboration with designers, makers and musicians to fuse together design and music. Upstream: Music x Design was launched in 2019 to offer makers and artists the opportunity to work together on pop music projects that simultaneously research new applications of design and technology.
response of the advisory committee
'We are seeing innovative digital concepts being combined with a wide range of music genres. The grant programme is stimulating new and interdisciplinary partnerships, with attractive and ambitious plans as a result. In addition to the opportunities offered to established performers, musicians, creative coders, producers and designers, these are also offered now to new genres and fresh talent', says Committee member Klasien van de Zandschulp in response to the last selection round. Other Committee members of the Upstream: Music x Design programme are Jeroen van Erp (chair), Arjo Klingens, Brian Elstak and Eva van Netten.
In 2020, the year budget for Upstream: Music x Design is €335,000, made available in two application rounds. This year's deadlines are 1 April and 9 September. Ideas and concepts can be discussed by telephone or email with the grant programme team, consisting of Sean Gilis and Ibrahim Alaoui Chrifi.
Upstream: Music x Design
Through Upstream: Music x Design, the Creative Industries Fund joins the Performing Arts Fund and Sena in supporting innovative artistic formats and partnerships within the Dutch pop/urban music scene. The grant programme is implemented by the Creative Industries Fund and is intended for projects in which performers collaborate with designers and makers to create new applications of design, visual culture and technology in music. By means of Upstream, the two funds and Sena seek to expand and reinforce the Dutch music industry, to achieve greater international prominence, and to stimulate crossovers with other disciplines.
Go here to view the selection reports of the second round.