Research program for funding in the performing arts
Since the spring of 2020, the situation in the performing arts has changed dramatically. There are two aspects to this situation: on the one hand, a standstill in stage work to the point of an existential crisis for artists; on the other hand, new (digital) formats, artistic research and innovative concept developments under the changed conditions caused by the pandemic.
Packages of measures such as #TakeThat from the Fonds Darstellende Künste and other funding programs from the federal, state and local governments are intended to secure livelihoods, enable artistic work under changed conditions and ensure a new start for culture.
The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media has supported the Fonds‘ initiative to provide academic support for the #TakeThat funding programs and the associated fields of action from the very beginning.
Academics focus on funding
Eleven academics from 10 universities throughout Germany and beyond have accepted the invitation of the Fonds Darstellende Künste and, for the first time, have analyzed and researched the funding landscape in Germany in 12 studies.
With the launch of its #TakeThat funding programs as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR package of measures from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the research program also began its work under the direction of Professor Wolfgang Schneider, cultural scientist and the Fonds chairman of the board. From then on, the academic team accompanied the newly-launched funding programs and examined the existing requirements of the funding system.
Results & recommendations for action
The results of the research are now impressively summarized in the publication "Transformationen der Theaterlandschaft. Zur Fördersituation der Freien Darstellenden Künste" (Transformations of the Theater Landscape. On the Funding Situation of the Independent Performing Arts). In particular, it makes clear that the funding landscape of the independent performing arts requires a targeted interaction of municipalities, states, and especially the federal government in order to support the diversity and productivity of the independent scene in the best possible way and, not least, to systematically develop the funding programs of the last two years.
Professor Wolfgang Schneider thanks the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media "for this unique opportunity to provide academic support for the NEUSTART KULTUR programs. Our special thanks go, of course, to all the academics and participants for their important work. Their analyses and recommendations for action point the way for a forward-looking funding policy that guarantees the independent performing arts the necessary stability and planning security, even beyond the crisis measures. A start has been made, but now it has to be implemented. The Fonds Darstellende Künste is ready to do so."
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider
Chairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang SchneiderChairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste
Wolfgang Schneider was founding director of the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim and holder of the UNESCO Chair "Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development" (2014 - 2020). He was the first director of the Children's and Young People's Theater Center in the Federal Republic of Germany, chairman of the Lower Saxony Theater Advisory Board, member of the Goethe-Institut's Dance and Theater Advisory Board and, as an expert member of the German Bundestag's Enquete Commission "Culture in Germany," rapporteur for the chapter on theater, among other things. He is chairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., a personal member of the German UNESCO Commission, a trusted lecturer of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a member of the federal board of the Cultural Forum of Social Democracy, a member of the board of the Initiative for the Archives of Independent Theater e.V., a member of the International Theater Institute, a member of the Council for Performing Arts and Dance in the German Cultural Council, an honorary member of ASSITEJ Germany and Switzerland, and honorary president of the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People. In 2018, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class by the German President for his honorary international commitment. Numerous publications on theater policy, editor of, among others, "Theater und Schule. Handbuch zur kulturellen Bildung" (2009), " Theater und Migration. Herausforderungen für Kulturpolitik und Theaterpraxis" (2011), "Theater entwickeln und planen. Kulturpolitische Konzeptionen zur Reform der Darstellenden Künste" (2014), "Theatermachen als Beruf. Hildesheimer Wege" (together with Julia Speckmann, 2017); ""Partizipation als Programm. Wege ins Theater für Kinder und Jugendliche" (together with Anna Eitzeroth, 2017); "Performing the Archive. Studie zur Entwicklung eines Archivs des Freien Theaters" (together with Henning Fülle and Christine Henniger, 2018), "Theater in der Provinz. Künstlerische Vielfalt und kulturelle Teilhabe als Programm" (with Katharina Schröck and Silvia Stolz, 2019); "Theater in Transformation. Artistic Processes and Cultural Policy in South Africa" (with Lance Lebogang Nawa, 2019).
Dr. Thomas Renz
Dr. Thomas RenzScientific advice
Thomas Renz is a cultural scientist. Since 2020, he has been conducting research on issues of strategic audience development for cultural organizations at the Institute for Cultural Participation Research at the Foundation for Cultural Education and Cultural Consulting in Berlin. From 2017-2020, he served as commercial director and artistic director of the Stadttheater Peiner Festsäle. From 2010 to 2017, he taught and conducted research as a research associate at the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. After completing his doctorate in 2015 on non-visitor research, he conducted widely discussed studies on the socio-economic situation of cultural workers with the 'jazzstudie2016', the 'Report Kirche und Musik' and the study "Zur Lage des Kinder- und Jugendtheaters in Deutschland".
Head of Communication
Björn FrersHead of Communication
Björn Frers studied theater, philosophy, journalism and communication science at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin. This was followed by positions in dramaturgy at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, at the DFG project "The Imaginary in Artistic Performances" at the FU Berlin, and freelance work in the PR field. In 2010 he founded the agency for cultural management björn & björn - Presse, Produktion & Dramaturgie with his partner Björn Pätz. Here he accompanied artists and their projects, festivals and venues of the independent performing arts in the areas of production management as well as press and public relations for ten years. In January 2019, he took over as head of communications for LAFT - Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin and its projects such as the Performing Arts Program and Performing Arts Festival Berlin.
Since October 2020, he has been working for Fonds Darstellende Künste as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.