TANZPAKT RECONNECT goes into second round with 13-million-euro rescue package for dance as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.

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With TANZPAKT RECONNECT, Bureau Ritter is supporting the recovery and empowerment of the professional dance sector in Germany and any infrastructure and institutions that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis. Mirroring the priorities and funding criteria of the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund programme, the rescue package seeks to create a framework for fostering artistic excellence, guaranteeing long-term planning capabilities and achieving sustainable synergies. The next call for applications will focus specifically on supporting independent dance ensembles in Germany.

The first call for applications in 2020 was met with an enormous response and demonstrated how beneficial bursaries and project grants can be when they are accompanied by a long-term structural investment programme. Due to budget limitations, the jury was only able to recommend around one third of applications for funding. In this second round of funding, another 13 million euro have been made available through the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative.

TANZPAKT RECONNECT is part of the emergency federal funding programme for dance that has been jointly developed and managed by Bureau Ritter, the umbrella organisation Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and Joint Adventures/Nationales Performance Netz for NEUSTART KULTUR, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media’s rescue and support package for the arts. In total, 40 million euro are being made available for dance. In addition to the programme’s three existing strands – TANZPAKT RECONNECT, DIS-TANZEN and NPN-STEPPING OUT – a new grant programme for recent graduates of German dance schools and institutions is being developed. Candidates can apply for funding from only one of these programmes per project.