The Kickstart Cultuurfonds distributes 3.1 million euros to as many as 99 producers of professional performing arts. Thanks to this emergency fund, the public will be able to safely enjoy the Christmas production ‘Snow Ponies’ by Alex Klaasen and Frans Duijts will still be able to celebrate its 15th anniversary with his fans.
The temporary emergency fund, which aims to bring the largest possible audience coronaproof back into contact with art and heritage during this crisis, is flooded with applications. A total of EUR 20 million is available this year, in addition to the EUR 16 million donated in 2020. In the first of the two applications rounds this year no less than 469 cultural institutions knocked on, resulting in 8.9 million euro donations to 261 producers of professional performing arts, music venues, museums and theatres across the country.
Among the 99 honors who receive a total of 3.1 million euros are producers who normally work with project grants, such as Stichting PS Theater, which wants to play a location performance in Leiden and the surrounding area, with the public being transported. But also free producers, such as Van Hoorne Entertainment, which receives 100,450 euros for eighty performances of ‘Fien & Teun — Het Sinterklaasfeest’ and ‘PAW Patrol Live’ in theaters across the country, and Stage Entertainment receiving 73,671 euros for the coronaproof launch of ‘The sound of music’, a new production that will be on display at the Circustheater in Scheveningen and will then tour the country for eight months.
The donations have been awarded to large and small producers of professional performing arts, spread across all genres and throughout the country. For example, Stichting Borealis from Groningen receives 29.500 euros for the realization of the music performance ‘Overhoop! ‘ about hope, life and love that will play 40 times in Drenthe and surroundings and Stichting Silver Line from Rotterdam 25.000 euros for the multidisciplinary performance ‘Renaissance’ about the renaissance that is going on in the black community. Stichting Touchstones receives 37,540 euros for 21 circus theatre shows ‘FREE! ‘ by Cirque de la Liberté on location ASMHaven in Arnhem and Stichting Juf Félice & Trio Krul from Delft 8.135 euro for coronaproof organising classic baby, dreumes and children‘s concerts ‘Blub! ‘.
For the first time, producers can also make requests in 2021 to make a production suitable for streaming and thus offer their offerings online. For example, Rotterdam’s new wave and postpunk band Rats of Rafts is supported for a live stream from TivoliVredenburg (15.863 euros), Ten Producties from Zwolle receives 11.000 euros for a live stream for MBO and VMBO students of the show ‘No Joke’ on stigmatisation and racism, and Kickstart Cultuurfonds a streaming event and one-time concert registration of Anne Soldier & band possible, prior to the tour later this year along twenty stages throughout the country (28.270 euro).
New is also that private individuals can make a contribution until 1 July. Edwin Evers donated the 12,500 euro he won with the André van Duin Comedy Award to the fund. “In this harsh time for the cultural sector, I am happy to give that money to this emergency fund, so I can be sure that it is well spent,” said the radio DJ.
The Kickstart Cultuurfonds is an initiative of the BankGiro Lottery, VSBFonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the VanEnde Foundation and collaborates with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and private cultural funds Stichting Dream en Daad, Fonds 21, Ammodo, Zadelhoff Fonds /Zadelhoff Culture Fonds/Fonds Neven and Nichten van Zadelhoff, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Elisabeth Strouven Fund, Stichting Zabawas and Countess van Bylandt Foundation.