Community of Practice workshops

Interest in sustainable development and its many interwoven ecological, social and economic dimensions has increased significantly in the cultural sector in recent years. For this reason, inm / field notes, Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Goethe-Institut, Impuls neue Musik, the Musikfonds, ON Cologne, Akademie der Künste and Art Music Denmark are continuing the series of workshops on developing skills in the field of sustainability for players in the contemporary music scene.

In spring and autumn 2024, we will meet regularly in the Community of Practice format to discuss the topics of mobility (tours and audience movement), sustainable festival organisation and the design of project spaces, certification and accounting as well as the Climate Handprint. A community of practice is an informal network whose members are active in related fields and are united by a common concern. The network is primarily used to exchange knowledge, experience and resources and to develop joint problem-solving strategies. On the six dates of the workshop series, experts provide input on various topics, good practice examples (see Open Call) are presented and all participants are invited to discuss their own questions and experiences. The results of the meetings are documented and made available on the website of field notes berlin.

THU April 18, 2024
Mobility: Sustainable Touring
Expert: Fine Stammnitz, Green Touring Network
Good Practice: Clemens Hund-Göschel (Zafraan Ensemble): Local Cooperations for Commissions, Uygur Vural (Cello, Performance, Composition, Sound Artist): Slow Green Touring

THU May 16, 2024
Mobility: Audience
Expert: Esben Danielsen, Kulturens Analyseinstitut
Open Call until April 15th via

WED June 12, 2024
Sustainable Resource Management for Smaller Venues and Project Spaces
Expert: Katharina Wolf, Clubtopia (publisher of the Green Club Guide)
Open Call until Mai 15th via

THU September 19, 2024
Climate Handprint – Motivating People to Act
Expertin: Juila Siewert, Senior Manager at KlimAktiv

THU October 24, 2024
→ Sustainable Resource Management for Events and Festivals
Expert: Richard Phillips, Julie’s Bicycle
Open Call until September 15 via

November 2024
→ Is Sustainability measurable? The Values of Labels, Certifications and Assessments
Expert: tbc
Open Call until September 15 via

The workshops are free of charge. Registration via this link.

The workshop series will focus on the practical issues of sustainable development in the contemporary music scene. At a conference on 1 + 2 October 2024 at the Akademie der Künste Hanseatenweg, we will also take a look at the artistic questions associated with the topic: In open discussion rounds, specialist lectures and artistic contributions, the focus will be on the questions of how the climate crisis affects composing and music-making and what influence music can in turn have on social transformation. (Further information will follow shortly.)

The workshop series was jointly initiated, developed and financed by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Goethe-Institut, Impuls neue Musik, inm / field notes, the Musikfonds, ON Cologne, the Akademie der Künste and Art Music Denmark. ON Cologne is supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.