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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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Festive season: Creative Industries Fund NL closed for two weeks

5 December 2019

The Fund is closed from 20 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. During this period no login accounts can be requested, no draft applications can be submitted and no payments will be made.
NB: if you would like to submit an application soon, please read these frequently asked questions:

'I intend to submit an application in the month of January 2020, but I don't have a login account yet'
Apply for a login account immediately, this is possible until 16 December 2019 via our online application environment.

After 16 December, it is best to use the links below, which give you access to the application forms of the grant programmes that close in January 2020. This way, you can work on your application offline. You can then apply for an account again from Monday 6 January. Once you have received the account details, you can fill in, finalize and submit your application in the online application environment.

'I already have a login account...'
Then you will have the opportunity to prepare your application in the online application environment, even during the end-of-year period. Please note that the Fund is closed from 20 December to 5 January and during this period, e-mails will not be responded to and the telephone will not be answered.

Draft proposals can only be presented to staff members again from 6 January 2020.

View the deadlines for 2020 here.

View a link to the frequently asked questions here.

Links to application forms for deadlines in January:
Grant Programme Architecture
Grant Programme Design
Grant Programme Digital Culture
Grant Programme Digital Heritage x Public
Grant Programme Festivals

Lisa Konno and Simone Post selected for Arita residency

4 December 2019

Lisa Konno and Simone Post have been selected for a residency in the Arita ceramics region. The Creative Industries Fund NL received 20 applications for this residency as a result of the Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan 2020.
Lisa Konno would like to investigate the ritual function of tableware and link it to clothing. Traditions and customs create a sense of purpose, a sense of belonging and familiarity. Lisa Konno is inspired by rituals that create a dialogue between clothing, porcelain and food, such as a tea ceremony or Christmas dinner. Based on this, she will design a modern, personal ritual. The focus is on craftsmanship and revaluation.

At Cor Unum, Simone Post is currently working on a study into tactility in ceramics. She utilizes the fluidity of clay. The material is formed in a wet state as if it were a textile, stretching its static boundaries. She will use the resulting language of form as a starting point for her research in Arita, which is based on colour and glaze and the way in which these two react to each other and mix together.

The applications received in response to the open call ranged from highly technical to more Japan-oriented, such as Lisa Konno's project. In her proposal, she clearly explains the differences and similarities between the Dutch and Japanese practices and expresses her curiosity about the Japanese way of working. She is well aware of her own position. Although the intended results have not yet been specifically stated, the committee believes that the starting points and portfolio are well-aligned with each other.
Simone Post's proposal looks at working with shapes, textures, colours and glazes and makes connections with working with textiles, with which she is already familiar. In view of her specific approach and professional perspective, the committee is positive about the significance of her project not only for her own practice but also for Arita. The advisers state that in general they consider exchange to be very important. They like to see proposals that will also benefit Arita and that address experimentation and research within the knowledge and context that Arita offers.

The proposals submitted were assessed on the basis of portfolio, CV and motivation. The advisers evaluated the proposals to gauge how consistently they were conceived and the extent to which they met the criteria of the Subsidy Regulations and this open call. The evaluation took the form of a tender: two proposals were preferred to the other submissions.

about the residency
In July 2019, the Creative Industries Fund NL, together with the Mondriaan Fund, issued the fifth Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan 2020. Arita offers a living and working space for two periods per year, where one designer and one artist can stay at the same time. The aim is to create a valuable exchange between Japanese porcelain producers and Dutch designers and artists. The Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan will be repeated next year.

Selection Open Call Talent Development in International Context

4 December 2019

Giuditta Vendrame, Studio Legrand Jäger, Studio Agne and Sophie Hardeman will be collaborating with international partners in the coming period. These four designers were selected from 16 proposals from Dutch designers and makers who responded to the Open Call for Talent Development in International Context. By means of this open call, the Fund is giving designers and makers the opportunity to deepen their practice internationally and to develop it artistically and professionally by collaborating with a foreign partner. The selected projects fulfil an exemplary function for the Dutch creative industry and at the same time enrich our sector with new knowledge.
In her project 'Humid World', Giuditta Vendrame is investigating the notion of borders in water as a designer in residency within the 'At the Border' research programme at A/D/O in New York, USA. Studio Legrand Jäger (photo above) is developing new performative work in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in the project 'Internet of Ears: AI-Generated Policy Play'. Sophie Hardeman - Love Harder is researching group behaviour, tolerance, prejudices and stereotypes and brings politically and/or socially ignored topics to the attention during a residency at NAVEL.LA in Los Angeles. Studio Agne is carrying out theoretical and material research into amber waste during a residency at Neuni in Shanghai.

The committee's response to the quality of the proposals submitted was predominantly positive. The proposals in which the exceptional artistic vision, professional development and interaction with the international partner strengthened each other were preferred by the advisers. The social and cultural relevance of the proposals was also taken into account. This open call must involve the exchange of knowledge and the collaboration must not be a commissioned project. All the proposals were evaluated by representatives from digital culture, design and architecture. The committee consisted of maker and KABK teacher Pawel Pokutycki, freelance art and design historian Victoria Anastasyadis and AMO associate Stephan Petermann.
Studio Agne

The committee evaluated the proposals on the basis of six criteria:

the extent to which the designers, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industry (digital culture, design, architecture) occupy an exemplary and/or distinctive position;
the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the further artistic and professional development of the maker concerned;
the quality and form of the collaboration;
the extent to which the foreign institution, organization or company concerned has an excellent reputation;
the degree and manner of co-financing by the foreign partner concerned;
the consistency of the proposal in terms of purpose, structure, relevant expertise and audience reach;
the extent to which there are Dutch interests.

The proposals were of varying, but generally good quality, and some were particularly good. The supported designers show that they are aware of the local (international) context in which they are operating. For the selected proposals, there is a good match between the project, the objective and the partner involved. The selection as a whole provides a diverse picture of the possibilities of talent development in an international context.

rejected proposals
The proposals that were not selected fell short on one or more of the criteria. In a number of proposals, the advisers saw that the partners had an excellent reputation, but that the collaboration was not aimed at reciprocity and/or did not contribute to the professional and artistic development of the talent. In some proposals, the makers did not provide sufficient insight, in the details of the plan, into the approach and structure of the project. In a number of cases, the relevance to the discipline within the Dutch creative industry was insufficiently demonstrated or there was sometimes a lack of insight into how knowledge flows back to the Netherlands. In a few cases, the committee assessed the degree of critical reflection or awareness of the local context to be insufficient.


Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024

2 December 2019

The Creative Industries Fund NL is providing a new subsidy option for the policy period 2021-2024. Leading Dutch institutions that contribute to the promotion of high quality, development and professionalization of contemporary digital culture, design and architecture and all possible crossovers can apply for a four-year institutional grant. This grant programme will be published on our website in January 2020. You can submit your application from 1 March 2020. The deadline is 8 May 2020. The amount of grant requested is a minimum of € 200,000 per calendar year and a maximum of € 550,000 per calendar year.
design infrastructure
In addition to the Fund's existing grant programmes for cultural institutions, such as the Activities Programmes for one or two years of support, this new four-year institutional grant programme creates an increasing chain of support possibilities for institutions within the creative industries. In this way, the Fund aims to make a resilient and dynamic design infrastructure possible.

From 1 March 2020, the Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024 will be available and you can submit your application using the application form. The subsidy ceiling for this grant programme will also be announced in the spring.

If you prefer to submit an application to the Activities Programme Grant Programme, it is good to know that this grant programme will have one round in 2020 with a deadline of 30 September 2020.

January 2020: Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries published
Between 1 March 2020 and 8 May 2020: Application period for Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries
4 June 2020: On the day that the Council for Culture presents the recommendations for the Basic Cultural Infrastructure, the Fund will inform applicants of the decision within this grant programme.
30 September 2020: Deadline Activities programme Grant Programme

useful to know
If you are considering applying for a four-year institutional grant, please take a look at these frequently asked questions.

'Can you submit an application to both the BIS of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Fund?
Yes, you can, but it cannot be awarded twice. In the event of a positive decision from the Council for Culture within the BIS, this means that the procedure and the advisory process with the Creative Industries Fund NL will be discontinued, even if it concerns two applications for different core activities. Conversely, in the event of a negative decision from the Council for Culture, this advice has no influence on the advisory process with the Fund.

'How does the Fund deal with the different codes?'
We expect all applicants to subscribe to the codes. In addition, with regard to the Fair Practice Code, the Diversity & Inclusion Code and the Culture Governance Code, you also clearly indicate where you stand now, what steps you intend to take between 2021 and 2024 and where you would like to be at the end of that period. You can explain how you deal with the codes in your organization, your programme and with regard to audience reach and communication.

'Can I qualify for the four-year institutional grant and additionally submit an application to another of the Fund's grant programmes?
Institutions receiving a subsidy on the basis of this grant programme are not entitled during the implementation period to any subsidies from the Architecture, Design, Digital Culture, Activities Programme and Festivals grant programmes of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

For more information and advice about which grant programme is best suited to your institution, please contact Anouk Laverge.

16 Jan: Get a Grant Amsterdam

28 November 2019

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 to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam on Thursday 16 Januari 2020.
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: when can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? In addition, a visual artist and a designer 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 third in a series of three Get a Grant information sessions that the Mondriaan Fund and the Fund are organizing throughout the country.

Creative Industries Fund
The Creative Industries Fund NL is the cultural fund for architecture, design, digital culture and every imaginable crossover. In addition to providing project subsidies from the various grant programmes such as Design and Digital Culture, the Fund makes a working grant available annually within the Talent Development grant programme to some 25 talented young designers/makers for their artistic and professional development. There is one application round per year. The deadline of 2020 is 6 March.

Mondriaan Fund
The Mondriaan Fund is the public fund for visual arts and cultural heritage. The Fund offers, among other things, a range of contribution possibilities for artists and mediators (curators and critics) in the areas of talent development and deepening of the practice.

Date: Thursday 16 January 2020
Time: 11.00 - 13.00 uur (doors open 10.30, after 12.30 possibility for individual questions to the speakers)
Location: Rietveld Academie, Fred. Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED Amsterdam
Admission: free
Registering: sign up here using the registration form

Speakers: Sofija Stanković and Teodora Stojković (TeYosh)
Moderator: Femke Dekker
Session language: English

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