DANCE PACT Local-Regional-National

TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund (DANCE PACT Local-Regional-National) is a joint initiative by municipalities, federal states and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media to promote excellence in dance.

The new funding programme TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund is the result of an intensive dialogue between municipalities that promote dance, federal states and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). This dialogue has been continuously led, prepared and supported since 2012 by a Stadt-Land-Bund initiative group comprising various actors on the dance scene who together developed the conceptual considerations and framework conditions, which were then co-ordinated and approved with city, federal state and federal government representatives.

Funding of EUR 5.625 million to implement a multi-annual programme for the promotion of excellence in dance was released during the parliamentary process to set the German federal budget for 2017.

The promotion programme is being managed jointly by the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (German Dance Association) and the non-profit agency DIEHL+RITTER gUG. A board of trustees is supporting the cultural-political implementation of the programme.
TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund is aimed at established artists, ensembles and production structures with an international reach. It also addresses institutions that are drawing up innovative development concepts that are exceptional from a national standpoint. The aim is to realise substantial projects that contribute to the artistic and structural further development, strengthening and profiling of the art from of dance in Germany.

The cultural-political and structural strengthening of dance at the local and regional level is crucial both for the emergence of substantial projects and improved financing in the long term. A key aspect of the programme is therefore to encourage, through continuous dialogue, the long-term engagement of municipalities and federal states.

TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund supports multi-annual projects that are funded by the federal government and match-funded to at least the same amount by municipalities, federal states and other sponsors if necessary.
The principle of additionality applies generally to funding. This refers both to project content – developing new work fields and the qualitative further development of existing activities – and finance.

The promotion fund TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund covers the following funding priorities; a combination of T1, T2 und T3 is preferable:

  • T1 Promotion of excellence in the development of outstanding ensembles, artist co-operatives and individual artists with an international reach
  • T2 Promotion of excellence in production structures and venues operating nationally/internationally
  • T3 Promotion of excellence in the development and implementation of co-operative dance-development concepts

An independent jury of experts will decide on the applications submitted.

There will be two calls for applications in the pilot phase, in 2017 and 2018.

The aim is to continue the funding instrument beyond 2021 with annual calls for applications.