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Calls for Applications

Work grants (Productions and co-productions)
Deadline: 1 March 2020

Residencies
Deadline: 1 March 2020

Pro Helvetia promotes artistic work and activities from Switzerland, with a focus on diversity as well as on national and international appeal. It supports the creation of interdisciplinary work, the dissemination of artistic work from Switzerland abroad, cultural exchange within Switzerland as well as audience awareness of the arts. As a national institution, Pro Helvetia supplements the promotional activities of Swiss cantons and municipalities and supports only projects that are cross-regionally or internationally recognised.

To qualify for support from Pro Helvetia, a project must

  • be clearly connected to Switzerland;
  • be of nationwide importance;
  • be publicly accessible;
  • be adequately co-financed by other public or private sponsors (incl. publishers / event organisers).

Criteria fulfilled? Below you will find an overview of what interdisciplinary projects we promote.

What we support: Scope of promotion

Work grants

Pro Helvetia supports the creation of new interdisciplinary work and its first public presentation by means of contributions to Swiss art practitioners and independent groups.

Projects that combine several arts disciplines in a conceptual manner, in particular involving new media and technology, are considered to be interdisciplinary. Applications for projects that are interdisciplinary in nature but for which other funding measures exist (e.g. music theatre) are to be submitted to the corresponding department at Pro Helvetia.

Interdisciplinary projects are assessed according to the same formal and content-related criteria as projects of a specific arts discipline. Special emphasis is placed on the criteria of those disciplines that the project submitted is closest to in terms of content.

As a general rule, public presentation of the work at cross-regionally recognised festivals and venues in Switzerland is a condition for support. Projects that are publicly presented in multiple cities are prioritised. Projects in the digital sphere must contain evidence of a national or international distribution strategy on the internet.

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Events in Switzerland

Pro Helvetia supports:

  • transdisciplinary event formats and festivals, provided they present productions from a linguistic region in Switzerland other than their own. As a rule, productions from at least three arts disciplines are to be included, otherwise the application must be submitted to the section responsible for the predominant discipline at Pro Helvetia;
  • guest performances and tours of interdisciplinary projects by independent groups and art practitioners at nationally recognised venues and festivals in a linguistic region of Switzerland other than the individual’s or group’s own. Applications for projects that are interdisciplinary in nature but for which other promotional measures exist (e.g. music theatre) are to be submitted to the section concerned at Pro Helvetia.

Interdisciplinary projects are assessed according to the same formal and content-related criteria as projects of a specific arts discipline. Special emphasis is placed on the criteria of those disciplines that the project submitted is closest to in terms of content.

Project grants are contributions towards costs incurred in the context of a public presentation of a project. For contributions towards production and development costs, an application for a work grant has to be submitted.

The Artists – Theatre – Organisers Association of Switzerland (ktv) provides support on behalf of Pro Helvetia for domestic tours in the area of cabaret and variety shows involving theatre, dance or music (Kleinkunst): ktvatp.ch.

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Events abroad

Pro Helvetia supports:

  • transdisciplinary event formats and festivals, provided they present Swiss productions. As a rule, productions from at least three arts disciplines are to be included, otherwise the application must be submitted to the section responsible for the predominant discipline at Pro Helvetia;
  • guest performances and tours of interdisciplinary projects by independent groups and art practitioners from Switzerland at internationally recognised venues and festivals. Applications for projects that are interdisciplinary in nature but for which other promotional measures exist (e.g. music theatre) are to be submitted to the section concerned at Pro Helvetia.

Interdisciplinary projects are assessed according to the same formal and content-related criteria as projects of a specific arts discipline. Special emphasis is placed on the criteria of those disciplines that the project submitted is closest to in terms of content.

As a rule, the amount of support provided is linked to the travel and transport expenses involved. For contributions towards production and development costs, an application for a work grant has to be submitted.

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Arts and audience projects

Pro Helvetia supports arts and audience projects in Switzerland that engage audiences in personal encounters with professional artistic creation and thereby heighten their awareness of artistic works and presentations. Projects can be considered for promotion if they contain an innovative approach to outreach and education in practice and therefore are of nationwide exemplary nature or if they focus on more than one linguistic region in Switzerland.

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Residencies

Pro Helvetia supports studio and research residencies of Swiss arts practitioners in China, India (or other south Asian countries), Russia, Egypt (or other Arab countries) and Southern Africa.

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Publications and translations

Pro Helvetia supports the publication of work by professionally qualified Swiss authors dealing with Swiss topics of any arts discipline from a contemporary perspective.

Pro Helvetia also supports the translation of theme-based publications dealing with topics of Swiss cultural practice from a contemporary perspective. The authors do not necessarily have to be Swiss.

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