2024: Updated support measures – Performing Arts

Performing Arts
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Aiming to provide the best-possible support for arts and culture practitioners, Pro Helvetia adjusts and finetunes its support measures each year. Here you will find an overview of changes applicable from 2024.


Grant applications for artistic or theme-based research are no longer assessed by an external jury and may therefore be submitted on an ongoing basis.  

More information: Artistic or thematic research

Development grants

The application deadline for development grants is now in autumn (application period: 1 July to 1 September) instead of spring.

More information: Development grant

Open calls for applications

New Productions

Independent groups and artists in the performing art sector can apply for a grant for a new production (including digital and hybrid productions) up to 1 March. As of now, applications must include a confirmation by at least two venues prepared to stage the production.

More information: New production


With its COMPASS programme, Pro Helvetia helps aspiring young companies with initial guest performance experience gain a foothold in the international scene. Experienced professionals or institutions provide assistance in the planning of international tours, the strengthening of international connections and the development of operational structures. Application deadline: 1 March.

More information: Emerging artists: COMPASS

Impulse Theater Festival

Until 15 February, up-and-coming young stage directors, choreographers, scenographers or dramaturgs can apply for a networking residency at the Impulse Theater Festival (21 May to 9 June 2024). The residency includes attending festival performances, participating in the Impulse Academy, and joining networking events with international event managers.

More information: Emerging artists: Impulse Theater Festival

Information events on ZOOM

Supplementing the information provided on our website, an information event via ZOOM, at which we outline our support activities and answer questions, will be held on

Thursday, 1 February 2024, from 09:30 to 10:30 in German and from 11:00 to 12:00 in French.

Please register by 30 January 2024 via email to Sabine Jud, sjud@prohelvetia.ch.

For arts practitioners interested in support measures offered in collaboration with our offices abroad, a further ZOOM event will take place one week later, providing information on residencies, research trips, co-creation opportunities and support for tours. It will be held on

Tuesday, 6 February 2024 from 14:00 to 15:00 in English.

Please register by 5 February 2024 via email to Yann Aubert, yaubert@prohelvetia.ch.

The ZOOM link will be sent to all registered participants shortly before the event concerned.

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