ONpaper: Diversity development in projects of the independent contemporary music scene

Artists and organizations in the independent scene are in the fortunate position of being able to determine the working methods on and off stage as well as the working environment to a large extent themselves. In this workshop, we will learn how this room for maneuver can be used to bring about a diversity-oriented structural change in our own organization. Diversity development must be understood as a holistic process that requires a comprehensive review of all areas of an organization. Based on a catalog of criteria to be developed together, actors of the independent scene should be supported in breaking down existing power dynamics in organizational structures, curatorial activities, partnerships and audience relations. We will see that sometimes it is not so much a matter of what, but rather of how.

Tsepo Andreas Bollwinkel

Tsepo Andreas Bollwinkel thinks, researches, writes and teaches on diversity, intersectionality and North-South relations while working in theatre as an orchestral musician for over 30 years. One focus of his educational work is the diversity-oriented and power-critical accompaniment of cultural institutions.

This workshop provides approaches for putting critical discrimination knowledge into practice. Initial knowledge about anti-racism, structural discrimination and privilege is assumed. We recommend attending the following workshops in preparation Recognizing and Dismantling Racism & Allyship! How to do it, how not to do it?

New date! 12th of September 2022 (instead of 13.06.22) from 2–6pm in German. Due to illness the workshop had to be postponed. We ask for a short feedback, should you not be able to participate at the alternative date.

We ask for binding registrations via this link.

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

About ONpaper

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.

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 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.