Our Offices & Partners Abroad

Promotion of Emerging Artists: Performing Arts

Call for applications «COMPASS»

Illustration «Compass» © Mirjana Farkas

With COMPASS, Pro Helvetia aims to support emerging companies with initial guest performance experience in developing strategies and work structures for their international touring activities.

There are numerous platforms in Switzerland for initial or short productions by emerging companies, or for participation in national residency or touring programmes. At an international level, however, emerging companies often lack the know-how needed for the negotiation and organisation of a performance tour or the financial means to develop a stable structure within the company and a long-term strategy.

COMPASS enables four companies a year to plan international tours in cooperation with experienced persons or institutions, to strengthen their international network, develop a touring strategy and set up the structure accordingly. CHF 25,000 per year and per company is made available for this purpose.Support is limited to two years at most. Companies may apply for one year or directly for two years.

COMPASS is aimed at emerging Swiss compagnies whose professional practice is based in Switzerland and who have already received support by Pro Helvetia for guest performances.

Project duration

1 August 2023 – 31 July 2024 resp. 31 July 2025


The support is intended to cover all costs incurred in connection with the realisation of the project (fees, coachings, travel expenses, board and accommodation, etc.)

The contribution amounts to CHF 25,000 a year.

Composition of application dossier

  • Description (max 2 A4 pages)
  • Time schedule
  • Budget
  • Confirmation by at least one experienced person or institution (production & distribution company, producer, theatre, festival, etc.) who will accompany the project.


Together with a final report, Pro Helvetia expects a document describing the specific outcome of the project (models, lessons learned, outlook) that can be shared and possibly published.

Illustration © Mirjana Farkas