In 1992, the French project Initiative Nouveaux Commanditaires (New Patrons Programme) was launched with the aim of creating a new vehicle for supporting the contemporary arts. Instead of relying on private or public funding organisations, the programme encourages local self-managed groups of citizens to establish contact with internationally renowned artists and commission a stand-alone work for their home town. According to the credo of the New Patrons programme, any individual can become a sponsor of an important artwork. More than three hundred productions, many of which have taken several years to complete, have been commissioned in France through this programme so far. The fine arts, architecture, music, theatre – all artistic fields are represented. Financing is generally provided by private and public sponsors. In Germany, New Patrons is still in its infancy. Especially in structurally weak and rural regions, there are many people interested in participating in such a community-based process which allows their voices to be heard and enables them to respond to challenges in their communities through contemporary art.

The Federal Cultural Foundation wishes to support the association of New Patrons by providing start-up funding to develop a maximum of 20 projects. The Foundation will support these efforts until the organisers have come up with concrete artistic proposals. The financing for the actual realisation of the artworks should then be secured by the local group of New Patrons. Any citizen can be a sponsor. Normally New Patrons are small- to medium-sized locally-based groups of citizens who are committed to addressing an urgent, publicly relevant concern or issue in their community or neighbourhood. A mediator will consult and support the New Patrons with finding a suitable, renowned artist who will work together with them to develop an artistic proposal for their respective project. Once the citizens, mediator and artist come to an agreement, the citizens assume responsibility for acquiring financing, organising policy matters, collaborating with regional partners from the artistic and cultural fields, and hosting civic dialogues throughout the commissioning process. An extensive and long-term civic commitment is a prerequisite for the success of these local participation projects.

The Federal Cultural Foundation has allocated a total of 1.9 million euros to support the New Patrons programme from 2017 to 2020.

In 1992, the French project Initiative Nouveaux Commanditaires (New Patrons Programme) was launched with the aim of creating a new vehicle for supporting the contemporary arts. Instead of relying on private or public funding organisations, the programme encourages local self-managed groups of citizens to establish contact with internationally renowned artists and commission a stand-alone work for their home town. According to the credo of the New Patrons programme, any individual can become a sponsor of an important artwork. More than three hundred productions, many of which have taken several years to complete, have been commissioned in France through this programme so far. The fine arts, architecture, music, theatre – all artistic fields are represented. Financing is generally provided by private and public sponsors. In Germany, New Patrons is still in its infancy. Especially in structurally weak and rural regions, there are many people interested in participating in such a community-based process which allows their voices to be heard and enables them to respond to challenges in their communities through contemporary art.

The Federal Cultural Foundation wishes to support the association of New Patrons by providing start-up funding to develop a maximum of 20 projects. The Foundation will support these efforts until the organisers have come up with concrete artistic proposals. The financing for the actual realisation of the artworks should then be secured by the local group of New Patrons. Any citizen can be a sponsor. Normally New Patrons are small- to medium-sized locally-based groups of citizens who are committed to addressing an urgent, publicly relevant concern or issue in their community or neighbourhood. A mediator will consult and support the New Patrons with finding a suitable, renowned artist who will work together with them to develop an artistic proposal for their respective project. Once the citizens, mediator and artist come to an agreement, the citizens assume responsibility for acquiring financing, organising policy matters, collaborating with regional partners from the artistic and cultural fields, and hosting civic dialogues throughout the commissioning process. An extensive and long-term civic commitment is a prerequisite for the success of these local participation projects.

The Federal Cultural Foundation has allocated a total of 1.9 million euros to support the New Patrons programme from 2017 to 2020.

  • hochdrei – Fund

    The hochdrei Fund awards funding to exemplary projects at city and municipal libraries that are jointly developed and implemented with partners from their communities. These projects should develop creative event formats that help transform libraries into future-oriented places of encounter, cultural exchange and social debate. The submission deadline for the second round of applications is 31 August 2019. You can download the funding criteria from this page. The project proposals will be reviewed and selected by an independent jury.

     

  • hochdrei – Tandem

    This module offers directors of city and municipal libraries the chance to team up with administrative representatives from their city (e.g. mayor, head of cultural affairs) and visit libraries in other European countries which have already implemented innovative library concepts. The purpose of these three- to four-day excursions is to encourage interdisciplinary, cross-border exchange and engage in dialogue that focuses on the needs and concerns of libraries and municipal policymakers. Further details and the conditions of participation will be announced shortly.

Con­tact

Alexander Koch

Tempelhofer Damm 2

12101 Berlin

T +49 (0)30 577 92 856

F +49 (0)30 577 92 858

koch@neueauftraggeber.de
www.neueauftraggeber.eu

 

Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Uta Schnell

Franckeplatz 2
06110 Halle (Saale)
T +49 (0)345 2997 118
F +49 (0)345 2997 333
E-Mail