ONpaper Application Fitness

The new music of our time is visibly breaking away from Eurocentric traditions and concepts and opening up to new influences. However, established funding structures seem to have difficulty keeping up with changes in artistic practice. Thus, many projects that adopt underrepresented artistic perspectives or explore alternative forms of music production and presentation fall through the cracks of public cultural funding.

This workshop will explore ways to develop sustainable funding strategies for music projects that move between musical traditions, genres, and cultures. Together we will discuss when translation work is needed and how to anticipate and rebut potential objections to grant applications. We will also introduce funding institutions in Berlin, Cologne, and at the federal level that explicitly support artists and artistic approaches that have been insufficiently represented to date.

The online workshop on March 9th, 2022 aims to impart basic knowledge and works with input units, group discussions, small group tasks and collegial exchange.

Cymin Samawatie & Ketan Bhatti (Trickster Orchestra).

Cymin Samawatie is a singer, conductor and composer of contemporary music. With her quartet Cyminology, she combines chamber jazz with Persian poetry by Rumi, Hafis, Khayyam and Forough Farrokhzaad, among others. With Trickster Orchestra, which she has conducted since 2013, she collaborates with concept-based compositional methods that bring improvisation and imitation to different musical languages and traditions, creating interdisciplinary, trans-traditional musical languages. Cymin Samawatie has composed and conducted works for projects including the Berlin Philharmonic, Osnabrück Morgenland Festival, Female voice of Iran Orchestra, Divan Berlin Istanbul, Neuköllner Oper and Komische Oper Berlin. Her artistic work has been honored with the German World Music Award RUTH 2018, the German creole World Music Award and numerous jazz awards, among others. In 2018 and 2020, Cymin Samawatie was a scholarship holder at the Tarabya Academy of Culture.

As a composer and percussionist, Ketan Bhatti is a border crosser between different genre and cultural worlds. His works range from contemporary chamber music to experimental music and dance theater, stage and film music, and electronic hip-hop-based productions. Since 2003, he has been composing regularly with his brother Vivan Bhatti for the productions of director Nuran David Calis at the Deutsches Theater Berlin and Schauspiel Köln, among others. Ketan and Vivan Bhatti’s music theater pieces are based on collaborations with authors such as Feridun Zaimoğlu and Roland Schimmelpfennig, pose questions about integration and exclusion, and have been (premiered) at the Neuköllner Oper, the Tischlerei – Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Staatsoper Hannover, among others. With Cymin Samawatie, he founded Trickster Orchestra in 2013 as a chamber orchestra for contemporary, transtraditional soundscapes and experimental methods of elaboration.

Wed. 09.03.2022 3–6 p.m. (digital via zoom in German spoken language).

We ask for binding registrations via this link.

The workshops are free of charge.

Unfortunately, the online workshop is not accessible at all levels. We will make every effort to accommodate different needs and adapt the workshop if you provide us with appropriate information in the registration.

The digital workshops are aimed at artists from the independent contemporary music scene in Cologne and Berlin.

About ONpaper digital workshop series by inm berlin / field notes and ON Cologne

In this year’s online workshop series Onpaper, which we are again organizing together with the initiative neue musik / field notes experts will teach basic skills for working in the independent scene.

Under the heading »Application Fitness« we will get you ready for project funding in the spring. In addition to classic workshops with introductions to the funding landscapes of Berlin and Cologne, to writing applications, or to accounting, this year we are also building on new formats and offering Meet the Jury, regular funding regulars’ tables, or sessions on writing applications together.

Although the independent scene defines itself in part precisely by breaking away from hierarchical ways of working that widely encourage the abuse of power and racism, it is not exempt from structural exclusion either. On the contrary, it lacks diverse perspectives and non-normative bodies, attitudes, narratives, and aesthetics. With workshops on anti-racism and diversity development, we would like to accompany the scene in this process of opening up, sensitize it to blind spots, and facilitate access to the scene for marginalized people with empowerment offers.

A third module on press and public relations, audience development, and profile building and management will provide concrete assistance in the development and implementation of projects.

The workshops are aimed at artists from the independent contemporary music scene in Cologne and Berlin and are free of charge. We ask for binding registrations.

The workshop series will be continued after the summer break. We will announce the program in the course of the next months. Please feel free to contact us with your ideas or suggestions at marketing@inm-berlin.de or info@on-cologne.de.

The inm – initiative neue musik berlin e.V. is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the program Strengthening Innovation Potential in Culture (INP).

ON – Neue Musik Köln 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.