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Fast-track for corona-themed art in Amsterdam

Applications are processed within 5 days

  • April 20, 2020 09:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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Amsterdam launches a fast procedure for grants for art projects responding to the coronavirus crisis. Starting on Tuesday 14 April, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), together with the municipality of Amsterdam allows for artists and organisations to apply for amounts between EUR 1,500 and EUR 5,000. Their applications will be processed in just 5 days.

The coronavirus pandemic – a massive blow to arts and culture

The lockdown measures adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have hit the arts and culture sectors hard everywhere across the world. Amsterdam, as the spiritual hub of the Netherlands, is no exception – for weeks theatres and culture halls have been left empty, exhibitions, concerts and other events were cancelled which leaves numerous artists without income.

The Dutch capital, however, realizes the desperate need for culture, which is even stronger in these exceptional times. This is is why the city authorities are launching a procedure to help assist artists in finding new ways to reach the locals in the times of pandemic, albeit online only.

In order to do this, Amsterdam opens an express desk for contemporary art projects that respond to the coronavirus crisis. The projects may go all the way from cultural offerings via live stream, the presentation of digitized work and virtual tours, artistic content podcasts, to websites and social media. Offline presentations can also receive funding of up to 5,000 euros, as long as they are presented at a distance – from the balcony or on the street.

Application procedure

An express link allows for applications to be processed in just a few days. The desk is open to professionals and amateur artists and organisations based in Amsterdam that do not receive a structural subsidy from the municipal arts plan.

Applications can already be submitted via the Amsterdam Funds for Culture and there is room for up to 10 submissions every Wednesday. So, if you are an Amsterdam artist, do not hesitate to submit your project for funding - help yourself and help all of us to get through the lockdown in good spirits.

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