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New grants awarded Upstream: Music x Design

New grants awarded Upstream: Music x Design

8 October 2019

In the second round of the Upstream: Music x Design grant programme, projects by one-man band Spinvis and techno producer Albert van Abbe received grants. The grant programme focuses on innovative applications of design and technology in pop music. An advisory committee with representatives from both the design field and the pop sector considered all the proposals and managed to keep the selection just within the available budget. The next possibility for submitting an application is 23 October 2019 at the latest. The budget available for this round is € 115,000.
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Spinvis in collaboration with International Silence
'Alles Is' is a live electronic music performance by Erik de Jong (Spinvis) and Saartje van Camp in combination with an AR app developed by the designer duo International Silence, Twan Janssen and Johannes Verwoerd. The musicians and makers are examining the current role of digital media in our lives and the way in which digital technology can actually create more connections with each other. While the musicians play and rotate on a circular stage, the AR app allows the audience to see a cloud of texts and images merging around the stage. The music, texts and images will reinforce and question each other during the performance. In autumn 2020, the performance can be seen in various museums and at festivals. Other partners are Ruud op den Kelder (creative software developer), Esther Lutgendorff (production), Excelsior Recordings, Mojo Concerts and Hans Klik.

Johannes Verwoerd had this to say about the project:
'Unlike a regular concert, the AR and live music keep to the same script, complementing and questioning each other in a tension curve that you would expect to see in the theatre rather than on a concert stage. It's an intimate performance using an app about the things in life there isn't an app for.'

Albert van Abbe in collaboration with Ricky van Broekhoven
Sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven and techno producer/musician Albert van Abbe are developing a hybrid musical instrument called 'PhasingWaves', which combines kinetic light sculptures with electronic sounds. The installation consists of a flexible string, at least five metres long, which displays magical spatial forms and patterns through light. By controlling the speed at which the installation moves, synthetic sounds are created. The team is also developing an interface to operate the instrument and to create an interactive live performance with the audience. Van Broekhoven and Van Abbe together with Innovation Space and TU Eindhoven. In addition, industrial designer/researcher Mathias Funk, mechanical engineers from the European Prototyping Centre and audio engineers from the Willem Twee pop venue are also involved in this project.

Ricky van Broekhoven said about the collaboration:
'We noticed that we could join forces very effectively in an iteration of a project that I recently developed with the TU/e. I couldn't explore the musical potential of this installation because I lacked the skills to do so. However, Albert did have the necessary expertise. In addition, our teaming up offers an opportunity to work with parties that have their specializations, such as the Willem Twee studios and E.P.C. This allows us to transcend ourselves.'

the advisory committee's impression
The advisory committee chaired by Jeroen van Erp, consisting of Arjo Klingens, Brian Elstak, Eva van Netten and Klasien van de Zandschulp, is very satisfied with the quality of the selection. Despite the fact that the number of proposals submitted was rather limited, the round had a diversity of project forms and applying parties. The committee's selection also demonstrates the broad spectrum of the grant programme. In both projects, music and design come together in a special, artistic way, creating a new experience and visualization of music and performance.
For the next deadline (23 October 2019), the committee is once again interested in projects in which an interesting application or crossover with technology, design or visual culture is sought. Ideas and concepts can always be discussed by telephone or e-mail with the team behind the Upstream: Music x Design grant programme: Sean Gilis and Ibrahim Alaoui Chrifi.

Upstream: Music x Design
With Upstream: Music x Design, the Creative Industries Fund NL, together with the Performing Arts Fund NL and Sena, supports innovative artistic formats and collaborations within Dutch pop/urban music. The Upstream: Music x Design grant programme is run by the Creative Industries Fund NL and is intended for projects in which artists work together with designers and makers on new applications of design, visual culture and technology within music. With the help of Upstream, the Funds and Sena aim to broaden and strengthen the music industry in the Netherlands, to come across more strongly internationally and to stimulate crossovers into other disciplines. The annual budget is made available in three application rounds.

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Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus

7 April 2020
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The COVID-19 crisis is affecting and disrupting society as a whole, and its consequences will be felt worldwide for a long time to come. The aim of the Fund is to contribute to reducing the impact on the Dutch design sector. So, for the time being we will continue to process applications for all the grant programmes, except the Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad. In addition, we are in constant consultation with the government, fellow cultural funds and the field so that we can take appropriate measures.

In the paragraphs below, the Fund has set out all the measures being taken by the Fund.

Accommodating approach: supporting measures for makers, institutions and festivals
With regard to projects currently being supported and that are having to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus, the Fund is taking an accommodating position. This means that any postponement, modification or relocation of the project will in principle be accepted. This also applies to the reimbursement of costs already incurred if the project can no longer be carried out.

The following is applicable:
• If your event or project has been definitively cancelled or rescheduled, please inform your contact person at the Fund by e-mail.
• If you receive an automatically generated message from the Fund about final accountability, but your event or project has been cancelled or rescheduled, please e-mail your contact person to let them know.
• You do not need to contact the Fund if there is any doubt about whether or not your event or project will go ahead. You should only e-mail your contact person in the event of a definitive cancellation or rescheduling.

The Fund cannot compensate the loss of income of freelancers in connection with hours still to be worked within a subsidized project that is no longer being carried out. For this, we refer you to the government's additional support for people who are self-employed. Read more here (Dutch).

The Fund is still operating and accessible by mail and telephone, despite the fact that Fund staff will be working from home as much as possible in the coming period. We are doing our utmost to ensure that all activities run as normally as possible.

• The secretariat can be reached by telephone and can put you through to your contact person at the Fund, but as a rule it is more convenient to mail your contact person directly.
• The closing dates are unchanged and can be found in the information on grants on the website.
• The committee meetings will continue as planned, but will not take place live at the Fund's offices, but in the form of a videoconference.
• All physical meetings of the Fund have been postponed until further notice.
• The processing time of an application remains unchanged. You will receive an e-mail informing you of the decision 10 weeks after the closing date of the grant programme. Please note that your project may not start before you have received the result.

International projects
The Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad are suspended until further notice. No applications can be submitted for the time being. This measure is being taken by the Fund because of the travel restrictions imposed in connection with COVID-19, as a result of which very many projects and presentations cannot take place abroad. This measure also applies to the Internationalization Action Agenda Spatial Design Voucher procedure.

Policy going towards 2021
We will make every effort, with the limited possibilities we have, to keep the impact of this crisis on the sector as manageable as possible. This means that we will deploy additional initiatives to give the sector a boost in order to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. We will investigate these possibilities in the coming period and emphatically invite the sector to think along with us.

Also read the Frequently asked questions and answers about the consequences for the cultural and creative sector on the website of the National Government (Dutch).

Annual Report 2019: five times the power of design

26 March 2020

While COVID-19 has the world in its grip and has an enormous impact on our daily lives, it's almost impossible for us to imagine that a few weeks ago we were in a completely different position. The cultural sector has also been hit exceptionally hard. In these uncertain times, the Fund aims to remain a stable factor where designers can find support for their creativity. The fact that we're focusing, now more than ever, on what's to come makes it strange to look back.
Nonetheless, the Creative Industries Fund NL is today publishing the 2019 annual report, with five portraits of designers and makers on how they relate to an ever-changing world. Among other things, they examine the current social challenges facing cities, a move towards a more sustainable textile industry and the welfare of patients in hospitals. We hear from Michelle Provoost from the Independent School for the City, founder of Knitwear Lab Thijs Verhaar, musician and artist Chagall, artist Siba Sahabi and designer Sjoerd ter Borg.


Besides the portraits, the annual report contains animated infographics that provide insight into the distribution of the budget available for 2019 and the results achieved. With 1741 applications processed and 752 grants awarded, last year's percentage of applications receiving grants came to 43%. That is higher than the two previous years. In 2019, the Fund awarded a total of 16.1 million euro in grants to designers, cultural organizations and festivals. As a result, in 2019 the Fund once again made a substantial contribution to the quality of professional design practice. And although the circumstances are completely different at the moment, the Fund will continue to do so in 2020 and we will carry on processing applications for all the grant programmes (with the exception of the Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers for Presentations Abroad, which have been suspended for the time being). We are committed to reducing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Dutch design sector.

We wish you a great deal of inspiration, creativity and good health. Together, we will put our shoulders to the wheel in the coming period.

Syb Groeneveld, executive director
Creative Industries Fund NL

New policy plan: Space for connection

17 March 2020

The Creative Industries Fund NL presents the policy plan for the period 2021–2024. The principles of the new policy respond to trends identified in recent years, and continue to focus on stimulating artistic quality, experiment/research and the process of making, in addition to promoting good commissioning. In doing so, the Fund is committed to connecting the unique talent of designers, makers and artists to sectors within and outside the cultural domain, nationally and internationally.
Executive director Syb Groeneveld explains:
'The Fund sees the period 2021–2024 as a challenge to work together with all partners on further development of a stronger, more resilient and more innovative design sector. The power of design can play a greater role than it does now and, as a result, mean more for people, society and technology. That is why we are giving room for connection and space for new perspectives on current challenges. We will, of course, continue to do what goes well, such as the Grant Programmes for Design, Architecture and Digital culture, and within talent development.'

In the coming policy period, the Creative Industries Fund NL will make a number of new support resources available.

experimentation grant programme
Responding to the need for a fast procedure for small grant applications in which experiment and concept development play a central role, the Fund is introducing an experimentation grant programme. This creates space for fresh alternative ways of thinking and interdisciplinary work.

4-year institutional grant programme
In recent years, many institutions within the creative industries have been professionalized. At the same time, we see that the cultural infrastructure been stagnant for years. The aim of the new Four-year Institutional Grant Programme 2021–2024 is to strengthen the cultural infrastructure and create opportunities for growth. The grant programme complements the Fund's existing programmes for cultural institutions, and represents a new apex to an ascending chain of 1, 2 or 4-year support possibilities for institutions within the creative industries.

festival grant programme
In order to ensure that interest and knowledge about the design disciplines in the region is stimulated and strengthened, new audiences are reached and other stories are told, the budget available for the festival grant programme is being made available per year across the five parts of the country, i.e. North, East, Central, South and West. In this way, the Fund is giving an impulse to the creative industries at local and regional levels.

new grant programme
A programmatic approach will be placed more firmly on the agenda. The aim is to embed and make more sustainable the use of design power in sectors outside the cultural domain, such as construction, energy and healthcare. In doing so, we are responding to developments in the field and the increasing number of designers and makers who want to bring about system change. In addition to participation within the Action Agenda for Architecture and Spatial Design, the Fund will therefore start a separate programme in 2021 to strengthen the position of design power within current social challenges. By means of, among other things, thematic open calls, we aim to stimulate intensive collaboration between designers and collaborating parties, which should lead to the anchoring of design results with the commissioning party or parties.

In 2021–2024, an extensive Programme for Internationalization of the Design Sector will be implemented within the international cultural policy (ICB) in which, in addition to the grant programme, there will be room for talent development, residencies and participation in international events.

Apart from the main innovations mentioned above, the Fund will continue implementing and refining existing grant programmes and other programmes in the 2021–2024 policy period in order to fulfil our stimulating role.

During the new policy period, the Fund will naturally also remain in dialogue with the field. In the period 2017 to 2019, the Fund held several meetings with makers and institutions in the creative industries to discuss what is going on in the field, what is happening abroad and what developments are visible within the various disciplines. The outcomes of these meetings have been included in the policy plan 2021–2024.

View the new policy plan: Space for connection here. (in Dutch only)

Interview Ricky van Broekhoven | Making music visible

5 March 2020

Natural occurrences and invisible phenomena, that's what drives spatial sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven's work. The products of his fascination include self-built machines that play with our sensory perception. To explore the musical potential of his most recent installation, Ricky van Broekhoven received support from the Fund via the Upstream: Music x Design grant programme. The next deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday 1 April.
Ricky van Broekhoven, in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology, had been developing an instrument based on the phenomenon of standing waves, and had already made several prototypes for this purpose. He saw Upstream: Music x Design as an opportunity to take the project to another level and to team up with techno producer and musician Albert van Abbe.

extra dimension
'The aim of our collaboration is to develop an audiovisual musical instrument based on the physics experiment where standing waves are made visible by quickly rotating a flexible string', says Ricky van Broekhoven. 'Combined with stroboscopic light, a play of magical spatial shapes and patterns emerges. If you add music, you can tell a story and make music visible and tangible. Although I produce my own music and have been involved with music for a long time, I lack Albert's skills. Our areas of expertise complement each other well. The collaboration is also interesting for Albert and fellow musicians because it can provide innovation to performances. Usually these are supported by projections, but spatial, sculptural installations can create an entirely different experience and give the show an extra dimension, as well as bringing a musically different sound.'

joined forces
The challenge for Van Broekhoven and Van Abbe now lies in gaining maximum control over the sound produced by the installation itself and making the most of its potential. 'The movement of the string produces a science fiction-like rhythmic sound and is very expressive. We need to capture this and incorporate it into the interactive live performance we are developing. A second challenge is the light, which now comes from an external source. We would like to integrate that into the string. For this purpose, we are working together with specialist parties, including audio engineers from the Willem Twee pop-music venue and mechanical engineers from the Equipment & Prototype Centre (E.P.C.). That way we can all complement each other and transcend ourselves.'

Once the installation is fully operational, it will be shown at various festivals, among other places. 'But it's not reached that stage yet. We still have to make our debut,' says Ricky van Broekhoven. 'The installation must first work in an optimal way. We will only focus on the live performance and the story in the final phase of the project. What is the maximum we can get out of the installation in terms of effects in shape, colour and movement and how will this coincide with Albert's music? Those questions haven't been answered yet.'

Last year, the Creative Industries Fund NL launched the new Upstream: Music x Design grant programme, which focuses on innovative applications of design and technology in pop music. The next deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, 1 April 2020.

Photo: 'Mitosis', a prototype of the installation Ricky van Broekhoven made before he teamed up with Albert van Abbe. Photo: Mark Richter


POSTPONED: 23 Apr: Get a Grant Groningen

5 March 2020

Attention: the Get a Grant Event is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

When can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? The Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund are jointly organizing an information session on grant possibilities for artists and designers who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Come along on Thursday 23 April 2020 to the Academie Minerva in Groningen.
The Get a Grant Event gives an overview of what the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund can offer young creative professionals. Are you looking for funding for your project or practice? Staff from the two funds will tell you about the subsidy possibilities. In addition the granted artist Maaike Knibbe and granted illustrator Kalle Wolters of Studio Knetterijs will talk about their experiences in submitting an application and answer questions from the public. Afterwards you can ask the speakers specific questions.

This meeting is the first in a series of four Get a Grant information sessions that the Mondriaan Fund and the Fund are organizing throughout the country.

In addition to fund employees, Bonnie Dumanaw will also be present, the contact on behalf of the six National Culture Funds. Questions that do not fall within one of the contributions from the Mondriaan Fund or Creative Industries Fund NL can go to Bonnie.
Video of Studio Knetterijs

This meeting is the first in a series of four Get a Grant information sessions that the Mondriaan Fund and the Fund are organizing throughout the country.

Location: Academie Minerva, Praediniussingel 59 in Groningen
Session language: English
Registration: via this link
Speakers Mondriaan Fonds: granted artist Maaike Knibbe and Betty Man (communication)
Speakers Stimuleringsfonds: granted illustrator Kalle Wolters of Studio Knetterijs and Sharvin Ramjan (grants officer Talentdevelopment)
Moderator: Lieselot van Damme

During Get a Grant Amsterdam this January Teodora Stojković (TeYosh) told the audience more about applying for the Talentdevelopment grant.

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