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Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme

For collaborative projects with artists focusing on innovative (artistic) applications of design, image or technology within pop music.

1 september 2022

deadline current round

€ 177.401

budget current round

€ 300.000

budget 2022

Important information

who is this scheme intended for?

This scheme is open to collaborative projects between pop artists and designers or makers from the creative industry. Applications must be submitted by the party involved in the creative industry.

In addition to Upstream: Music x Design, the Performing Arts Fund offers pop/urban music artists the opportunity to invest in their career development through the Upstream: Music grant programme. For more information, visit upstreamgrants.nl (in Dutch only).

which projects are eligible for a grant?

Grants are awarded to projects that focus on innovative (artistic) applications of design, image or technology within pop music. The projects should result in physical and/or virtual presentations, products, installations or interventions that are shared with a wide audience.

the scheme is not open to
- projects in which none of the collaborating parties is primarily active within the disciplines of architecture, design or digital culture
- projects that do not rise above regular practice, such as conventional video clips or stage concepts, merchandising and artist branding
- platforms and (cultural) organizations; they may be involved as a partner but not act as the main applicant for the project

how do you prepare an application?

In order to prepare the application, it is important for you to acquire the right information based on the following documents:

Grant Application Guide
The Grant Application Guide provides guidance and tips on preparing a grant application and an explanation of the criteria. You can use it for drawing up your application as completely as possible.

Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme and Subsidy Regulations
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme and Subsidy Regulations. This states the conditions, criteria and objectives.

do you have any specific questions?
Do you have any specific questions about your project plan? You can submit a concept to the staff of this scheme no later than two weeks before the closing date via upstream@stimuleringsfonds.nl.

what is assessed?

Applications are assessed by this scheme's advisory committee. This is done on the basis of the Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme and Subsidy Regulations.

assessment criteria

- impact
- artistic quality
- distinctive value
- Dutch interest
- public reach

requirements

- the project's premiere takes place in the Netherlands
- an Intellectual Property Agreement between the participating parties that provides insight into the Intellectual Property relationships and the expected economic gain
- the possibility of unimpended use of the end product by the artist concerned after realization of the end product is guaranteed in an Intellectual Property Agreement
- there is reasonable co-financing consisting of a personal contribution or a contribution from third parties

The criteria are explained in the Grant Application Guide.
For starting grant applications, only the first four criteria apply: impact, artistic quality, distinctive value and Dutch interest.

what happens to your application?

acceptance
When you have submitted your application, the Fund Desk will check if your application complies with the formal requirements of the Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme and Subsidy Regulations.

assessment
An independent advisory committee will assess your application on the basis of the Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme and Subsidy Regulations. The committee advises the Fund's Board.

prioritization
If the total amount requested in the applications eligible for funding exceeds the budget available for that particular grant round, prioritization will take place.

decision
The Board takes account of the committee's advice in its decision on the rejection or provision of the grant. You will be notified about the result in a decision.

accountability
If you receive a grant from the Fund, then you will have to comply with the obligations. Two weeks before the conclusion of your project, you will be asked by email to submit your accountability form in the application environment.

Soon: How to apply for a grant

Steps to take

Do you want to apply for a subsidy under this grant scheme?

Start your application

do you have any questions?

If some of the information is not clear, email your question to our colleagues of the Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme. You can also call on 010 436 16 00. If you have a more general question, have a look at our frequently asked questions first.