What is theater for the performing arts

Funding programs for performing and performing arts, theater and dance

The basis for the promotion of the free Berlin theater and dance landscape are the “Administrative regulations for the promotion of privately organized theaters and production sites, groups and individual artists of dance, the performing and performative arts in Berlin” issued by the Berlin Senate.

The basic aim of these regulations is to ensure permeability between the types of funding and to make it as transparent as possible. The primary aim of the funding is to promote artistic quality. This expressly includes the possibility of changes in funding and the consideration of new artistic developments.
For this purpose, different categories of funding, each with different time limits, were stipulated and an award procedure was established that is based on the evaluation and assessment by specialist juries.
In this way, a balance should be created in the funding policy between the claim to preserve the tried and tested and the possibility of being able to react to new developments in the performing and performative art scenes of all genres as well as the dance scene by setting priorities across all genres.

In the area of ​​project funding for dance, as well as the performing and performative arts of all genres, the Senate has created a tiered funding system that mediates between short-term funding of individual projects and longer-term projects.

With the classic individual project funding, one-off artistic projects are funded, which offers entry-level funding, career starters, lateral entrants, career changers and re-entrants, also the possibility of funding one-off artistic projects and the one-year funding for production locations aims to improve the work structures as well as to secure the development of professionally working production sites.

The two- and four-year funding depends on the applicant: A two-year basic funding and usually four-year concept funding as project funding gives groups without a permanent home a longer planning horizon. Theaters and production sites can in turn receive two-year basic funding and the usually four-year concept funding as temporary institutional funding. This system of longer-term project funding and temporary institutional funding, which allows recipients to move up and down, is often referred to as the “communicating tubes” principle.

On the other hand, permanent institutional funding is provided for those institutions whose long-term support corresponds to a democratic consensus. It is justified by corresponding parliamentary decisions within the framework of budget legislation.

Associations, networks and institutions such as the Landesverband Freie Darstellende Künste Berlin, Tanzbüro Berlin, Joint Adventures - National Performance Network are supported in their work for the independent scene.

Administrative regulations for the promotion of theaters and production sites organized under private law, groups and individual artists of dance, the performing and performing arts in Berlin from October 22, 2019

PDF document (175.4 kB) - Status: July 7th, 2020

Performing arts / dance jury

PDF document (185.5 kB) - Status: July 7th, 2020

Inventory and needs analysis of dance in Berlin

Inventory and needs analysis of dance in Berlin

PDF document (2.2 MB) - Status: April 2020

Final report round table dance

PDF document (4.4 MB) - Status: April 2020