With this newsletter we hope to inspire, inform and support you all with some updates of what we’re working on and with some explanatory news. Read on to find out what the topic of this years BAU LAB is, what’s happening with the SED and what the f#ck this Kunstenplan tumult is all about.
By the way, it was lovely to see some of your faces Friday the 13th of September at our Open BAU Gathering at de Brakke Grond. Thank you for coming!
BAU LAB: What is (a)life performance?
With our BAU LAB’s - organised once or twice a year - it is our aim is to cross fertilize disciplines, to create space for experiment, and to have an insight into each others practices; which could potentially lead to new and unexpected collaborations. This years BAU LAB will focus on Performance & BioArt and will be organised in November in collaboration with Waag | technology & society. We’re inviting four specialists from the BioArt scene who will be giving an insight in their practice, which can serve as inspiration for the work created in the lab.
The BAU LAB will most probably take place in the third week of November (the week of 18th - 22 Nov). Exact dates and more info coming soon!
Looking for an affordable workspace? We still have a few spots left at our soon to be opened co-workingspace! BAU Co-Workingspace is a communal office space where you can meet your peers, exchange experience and knowledge, help one another, and get to know new people from the Amsterdam dance and performance field. We’re planning to open up the BAU Co-Workingspace this fall, in Amsterdam Oost.
Interested? Please send an email to email@example.com
BAU invites you to come to a work-in-progress presentation by choreographer Keren Levi | NeverLike and Slagwerk Den Haag. There is space for 10 people to join the presentation on Thursday 26th of September 2019 at 19.00hrs at Veem House for Performance, in Amsterdam.
a musicdance performance
3 dancers and 2 percussionists
wearing sensors on their bodies
bring into being a landscape of voices and sounds
in a performance about the loss of language
What: work-in-progress presentation by Keren Levi | NeverLike and Slagwerk Den Haag
When: Thursday 26th of September 2019
Where: Veem House for Performance, Van Diemenstraat 408-410, Amsterdam
If you are interested to come reserve by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the reference BAU Try Out. If you made a reservation but in the end need to cancel, please let us know, then we can invite the next person on the list.
FOLLOW-UP SED (Stimuleringsregeling Eigentijdse Dans)
Sadly the SED* disappeared last year, which created a lot of discussion and disappointment in the scene. The update on the SED is as follows: Cultuur + Ondernemen and De Gemeente recently had an evaluation on the SED and they concluded that the arrangement has been very valuable in various regards; for makers but also for studio owners. They concluded that the SED has been successful. At this moment the AFK, De Gemeente and Cultuur + Ondernemen are researching the possibilities of a continuation of the SED.
*What is the SED? Under the wings of the organisation Cultuur + Ondernemen the SED came into being in 2015 to stimulate freelance dance and performance professionals living in Amsterdam. The arrangement helped makers to cover the costs of rent for studio space.
BAU STUDIO'S AVAILABLE
In November and December we still have some spots available at our studio’s. If you’re looking for a space to rehearse, send us an email.
The interest in starting a Broodfonds (as a result of our Open BAU Broodfonds Meeting) has not been sufficient so far, so we decided to quit the search for members. We’re sorry for the ones who were genuinely interested. If you have any questions regarding this topic, please email email@example.com.
INTEREST IN WORKSHOPS/MORNING TRAININGS
BAU is currently developing potential LABS and workshops for the coming period. Besides that we're also researching the needs for open morning trainings for professionals in general.
We would like to ask if any of you (makers) would be interested in having the opportunity to work with a larger groups (+/- 10 freelance dancers) for a day intensive or for a weekend. The aim is to provide makers with a chance to explore questions on a larger physical scale, and to create a new framework where the independent makers and the freelance dancers in Amsterdam can meet and exchange ideas and expertise on the floor.
If you have any other ideas or needs for mornings trainings or workshops, please let us know asap: firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU: Giulio D’Anna!
Our dear member of the BAU Core Team has left us a few months ago. Giulio has decided to make some more space for his own projects. Herewith we would like to thank him for his time and consideration for BAU. Go for it Giulio! :)
WHAT'S ALL THE FUZZ ABOUT? Kunstenplan 2021-2024 for dummies
It’s the talk of the town. Kunstenplan-stress. If you have no idea what all this uproar is about, we’ll explain it for you. ‘Het Kunstenplan’ is the policy on arts and culture in the Netherlands that shifts every four years. In other words it is the way in which the money for all the different art disciplines is divided, (the structural funding but also the total amount reserved for project subsidies).
At this moment the plans are being crystallized for a new period, Het Kunstenplan 2021-2024. Companies, makers and institutions who want to work with structural funding need to apply. Some are already working with structural funding and want to continue their practice, others are working with project funding but want to get structural funding in the coming years. As an applicant you have to present your plan for the next four years, artistically and financially according the presented policies (link).
Who gives four-year grants?
The two most important parties are the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Fonds Podiumkunsten. The provinces and municipalities also have their own four-year subsidy schemes. In Amsterdam these are: Gemeente Amsterdam and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).
What is the difference between these schemes?
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science created the BIS (basic infrastructure of cultural institutions) as an overarching organ to fund "a high-quality range of institutions of (inter)national significance". There is a limited number of places in the BIS for institutes with fixed functions. The institutions that do not qualify for this are directed to the Fonds Podiumkunsten. Institutions (both within and outside the BIS) can also apply for a subsidy from the province and municipality. Big cities have their own policy with their own criteria. In Amsterdam the Kunstenplan also consists of two parts: the A-BIS (Amsterdam-BIS) and the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (BIS) and the Fonds Podiumkunsten are being advised by the Raad voor Cultuur. In our previous Newsletter we already gave you an insight in the newly published advisory report by the Raad voor Cultuur, which concerns the national policy.
The Amsterdam Kunstenplan is being advised by the Amsterdamse Kunstraad. They have also published two advisory reports on policy in Amsterdam: namely Kunst, Culturele Diversiteit en Inclusiviteit in Amsterdam-de volgende stap (link) and Advies A-Bis 2021-2024 (link). In November the definite policy will be presented by the city of Amsterdam.Both committees give advice to the policy makers but such advice doesn’t automatically get turned into policies.
Watch this short clip/infographic for more info on the Amsterdam Kunstenplan (in Dutch)
So if you hear people chattering about their Kunstenplan-stress. Now you know. Plans for coalitions or collaborations for the next few years are being forged and discussed these days, in order to strategically find some governmental funding, either in the BIS or at a Fund. Most of you are perhaps working with project subsidy so the changes in the policy of the funds are most important for you. We will keep you updated in our next newsletter.
- Debate on The State of the Dutch Dance @ Maastricht, October 4
At the Nederlandse Dansdagen ‘The State of Dutch Dance’ will be presented. After the presentation there will be a debate.
- Ditdit-dada-ditdit @ De Ruimte, September 27
A tight embrace of food, dance, music, (Dutch) poetry and theatre. €16,50 for three courses and 12,50 for all the performances.
- Noiserr - The Perrforrmance Edition @ Butcher’s Tears, September 28
This event is a performative celebration of undisciplined learning and contaminating through sound, kicking off the new season of Noiserr at Butcher's Tears! (Noiserr is an interdisciplinary research group centered around explorations of Noise via deconstructed reading and listening sessions.)
- Transnatural - In the Age of Post-Drought @ Eye Filmmuseum, October 1
An evening with Transnatural, an organisation dedicated to promoting artists and designers who work with new technologies and science. This evening artists will be addressing the theme of water. The programme includes a film by Nicky Assmann and Joris Strijbos and performances by TeZ & Federico Murgia and Robertina Šebjanič.