OTM newsletter January 2013

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Dear newsletter readers,

Welcome to the first OTM newsletter 2013!

We open the new year with our Charter for a sustainable and responsible cultural mobility: an online tool for cultural operators, funders, institutions, policy- and decision-makers willing to respect social and environmental criteria when they practice, support or deal with cultural mobility. Browse this new section, tell us what you think, and get ready for regular updates! The Charter will be our main advocacy tool in 2013… and beyond. 

We’re also glad to announce that our latest guide Move on! Mobility for beginners is now available in Italian, thanks to our partnership with ARCI. Produced with the support of the Hippocrène Foundation and online in English and French since last December, this guide offers useful tips & links to help young (but also more experienced) artists live an enriching mobility experience.

And now, our monthly selection of mobility opportunities – all with travel costs paid – brought to you also in French (thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture, France), Spanish (thanks to Fundación Autor) and Italian (thanks to Chiediteatro). Much, much more on our website and on Facebook… stay tuned! 

The On the Move team

Engage in policy

Pearle* launches campaign to make an end to the cross-border double taxation of artists

Pearle* members, representing over 5,000 performing arts entreprises and organisations across Europe, adopted unanimously a resolution including proposals to make an end to the double taxation of artists. The entire sector is affected by the application of article 17 of the OECD Model Tax Convention. It is a major hindrance for the live performance sector to develop its activities in the European Union and worldwide. Spread the word and send this petition to your Ministries of Finance!

Raise funding

Call for Applications: NPN International Guest Performance Fund for Dance and NPN Coproduction Fund for Dance

The Dachverband Tanz, in cooperation with the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) is launching two support models to increase sustainable networking and international promotion of German contemporary dance. Both funding programs are of interest to organiziers as well as to artists. Two deadlines for each fund: 31 January and 15 April.

Cooperation in the Nordic Region supported by the Nordic Cultural Fund

The Fund supports projects that involve at least three Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden or the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland). The nature of the involvement may be as a participant, organiser or as a theme. In addition to the three Nordic partners, projects may involve other partners both within the Region and beyond, and it may be run either inside the Region or elsewhere. Amateurs as well as professionals are eligible to apply for funding. Deadlines: 1 February, 2 April, 1 September and 1 October.

Diaphonique – support to music exchange France – Great Britain

Diaphonique assists in the funding and support of projects which aim to create or promote French contemporary classical music in Great-Britain, and British contemporary classical music in France. The fund thus contributes to encouraging and growing audiences and repertoires. The fund contributes among others to tours, residencies and scholarships. Deadline: 15 February.

Sasakawa Foundation – grants for French-Japanese cultural projects

The Sasakawa Foundation supports projects aiming to develop cultural and friendship relations between France and Japan. The next deadline for applying for projects funding is February, 28th.

French American Fund for Contemporary Music

The French American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects – commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes – that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States. Deadline: 31 March.

React to a call

curatorial open call: apexart Unsolicited Proposal Program

The Unsolicited Proposal program is an open call for anyone, from anywhere, to submit an exhibition proposal to apexart. Exhibitions can be about anything that the organizer finds compelling. No prior curatorial experience is required and we invite submissions from people of all backgrounds. Proposals are evaluated by an international jury and the three winners receive funding and administrative support to mount their exhibition in apexart's Manhattan gallery space (incl. travel costs). Deadline: 15 February.

Milena Jesenská Fellowship for cultural journalists

If you are a journalist working in print, broadcast or electronic media and want to take time off from your professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a European topic of your choice, then the Milena Jesenská Fellowship is the right programme for you. Candidates for the Milena Jesenská Fellowships must have several years of experience in professional journalism. Their work may deal with any topic related to cultural issues of European relevance, especially having to do with the issue of European integration. Deadline: 15 February.

Out Now! Festival 2013 – call for applicants

Young theatre, music and dance productions, performances and Live Art projects are invited to apply to the next Out Now! Festival in Bremen (Germany), May 2013. Artists working in film, literature, fine arts, design, digital media, architecture etc. are also invited to present their works at the festival, as long as they relate to the performing arts. Students, autodidact artists and Young Professionals are welcome to apply. Travel costs paid. Deadline: 15 February.

AHDA: Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (New York, USA)

The Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) offers fully funded fellowships which will cover travel, visa, and accommodation costs as well as a modest stipend. We encourage interested parties from around the world and from a wide range of professional sectors—including, but not limited to, human rights practitioners, journalists, academics, educators, filmmakers, artists—to apply. Deadline: 1 March.

LIFE by MEDIA International Competition-Proposing new forms of life and living with media

YCAM calls for proposals exploring possible future ways of life and lifestyles that, with such concepts as “shared”, “nomadic” or “mobile”, keep changing in recent years. This competition is open to all ages and nationalities regardless of career or background. Travel costs – among others – are paid. Deadline: 15 March.

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – Call for Proposals 2013

AFAC has issued a new open call for proposals in the categories of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Literature. Applications are open to Arab individuals living in the Arab region or in diaspora and to local, regional and international institutions whose projects are related to contemporary Arab culture. Deadline: 1 April 2013. 

Get training

Sommerakademie in Zentrum Paul Klee, Berne (Switzerland) for artists, critics and curators

The course will take place in Berne in August on the theme "You are HERE. Here is wherever I lay my head". Artists, curators and critics under the age of 35 are invited to apply. Travel costs paid. Deadline: 31 January.

Australian National University – Visiting Fellow Program

The Visiting Fellowship Program at the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) is part of the Centre’s mission to promote research, education and dialogue between Europe and Australia. The Visiting Fellowship Program is specifically aimed at supporting and hosting local and international scholars wishing to undertake research at the Australian National University. The themes include "Movement and exchange of people, culture and ideas". Two types of fellowships are available, both covering also travel costs. Deadline: 1 February.

CCA and Independent Curators International (ICI) announce the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe

The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training programme that offers 12 to 14 curators the chance to develop project ideas and make connections with professionals in the field. It also provides the invaluable opportunity for peer-group education, forging new networks internationally. The Curatorial Intensive takes place twice annually in New York, and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide. Scholarships are available to cover fees and travel costs. Deadline: 4 March.

IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant for retraining of professional dancers

The International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers has created a special grant for the retraining of professional dancers: the annual IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant will be awarded for the first time in June 2013 and will provide a transitioning dancer with up to € 3,000 to help them retrain for a second career. Deadline: 31 March.

Discover a residency

Emmanuel College Artist in Residence – Boston (USA)

The Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week artists residency to artists working in ceramics, photography, printmaking and social justice. The stipend awarded includes travel and residency costs. Deadline: 2 February.

I-Park Foundation 2013 multi-disciplinary Artists-in-Residence Program (CT, USA)

Self-directed artists' residencies will be offered from May through November 2013. Residencies are offered to creative individuals working in the Visual Arts, Music Composition/Sound Sculpture, Architecture, Creative Writing, Moving Image and Landscape/Garden Design. There is also a special Environmental Art Program (residency and exhibition components) in 2013. Support to travel costs available to non-North American artists (conditions apply). Deadline: 4 February.

Call for applications "Research into the unknown" – dance improvisational laboratory – Budapest (Hungary)

Research into the Unknown is a residency program where artists/creators and the audience can research what improvisation means in the field of contemporary arts. The program offers an intensive researching opportunity for artists/creators and focusing on the creative process, on the research itself rather then creating a performance. Travel costs paid. Deadline: 14 February.

Vermont Studio Center (U.S.A.) – residency opportunity for artists and writers

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' and writers' Residency Program in the United States, h
osting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. A number of fellowships, covering – among others – travel costs, are available each year. In 2013 the deadlines are 15 February, 15 June and 1 October.

Creart project – call for artists in residence in Linz (Austria)

Visual artists up to 40 years are invited to apply for a residence in Linz (Austria). The call is open to artists born or resident in one of the cities participating in the CreArt Network. Travel costs to Linz are covered. Deadline: 25 February.

Studio Residencies 2014 funded by Pro Helvetia (Switzerland)

A studio residency (3 months) in an Arab country, India, China, Southern Africa or, conversely in Switzerland, gives artists the chance to gain a broad insight into a different cultural environment. The aim of the residency is to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and cooperations. Travel costs, among others, are covered. Deadline: 1 March 2013.

Meet others

CrossCultures Internship programme between Germany and Islamic countries

The CrossCulture internships give young people from Germany and Islamic countries the opportunity to gain diverse experience abroad in the context of their working environment and to act as multipliers in their home countries. Target groups are young professionals and volunteers in various areas of civil society, including arts and culture. The internship covers – among others – travel costs. Deadline: 15 February.

3rd European Forum on Music: Re>>generating Europe through Music (Glasgow, 18-21 April)

The European Music Council's Forum 2013: a place for dialogue and networking, for inspiration and exchange and for meeting musicians and music activists from all over Europe. Registrations are open!

Curatorial Travel Grants to the United States – Terra

These travel grants allow international curators to travel to the United States to research and develop specific exhibition ideas about any aspect of historical American art (except architecture, conservation, or film) by visiting public and private art collections, archives, libraries, and meeting with U.S.-based curators. Only curators permanently employed by a museum outside the United States will be considered at this time. Deadline for applications: 1 March 2013.

Collaborate with

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant 2013 – Call for Research Proposals

The grant offers a one-year fellowship to support a focused research project that advances the understanding of contemporary Chinese art from 1980s to the present. The grantee will be awarded a total of US$15,000 and is expected to spend up to two months conducting research at AAA between May and December 2013. Deadline: 1 March.

Look for a job

Arts Council of Singapore looks for a Senior Manager / Manager (Strategic planning)

The Arts Council of Singapore recruits a Senior Manager / Manager to support the Council’s strategic and corporate planning process and the review/ formulation of key arts policies. Deadline: 4 February.

CIC Contemporary Image Collective – Cairo seeks a Director

CIC Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) is an independent non-profit art initiative founded in Egypt in 2004. CIC’s mission spans art, media and educational programming that responds to and develops practices and discourses engaged with the image in its various forms and media. The director will lead or oversee day-to-day operations, financial management, fundraising, marketing, public/community relations, and human resource management. The Director will work closely with the Curator and the PhotoSchool Manager in order to lead the development of inspirational programmes and educational opportunities. Deadline: 17 February.

UNESCO: six positions available in regional offices around the world

Positions open to external candidates in UNESCO offices in India, Afghanistan, Camerun, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Iraq, Italy, France and Haiti. Different deadlines for each position. 


Move On! Mobilità culturale per principianti

In collaboration with its members and with the support of the Hippocrène Foundation, has prepared this agile guide with "tips & links" for your mobility experience. From understanding what "mobility" means to browsing the right links, from packing you suitcase to staying in touch with the great people you met: 10 "golden rules" to make the most of an experience abroad – no matter when, where and how long. Free download in English, French… e ora anche in italiano, grazie alla partnership con ARCI!

Guide de la mobilité verte dans le spectacle vivant – dossier de recherche actualisé en français!

Le guide de la mobilité verte, commissionné par On the Move au groupe d'expert sur les questions environnementales Julie's Bicycle en mai 2011, après une traduction partielle en français, est maintenant disponible dans sa totalité (glossaire inclus), grâce au soutien du Ministère français de la Culture et de la Communication.

Der Leitfaden zur „grünen“ Mobilität für die Darstellenden Künste – deutsche Version

Der Leitfaden zur ökologisch nachhaltigen Mo
bilität, den On the Move 2011 bei Julie’s Bicycle, den Experten für Umweltfragen im Kunstsektor, in Auftrag gab, ist jetzt auch in der deutschen Übersetzung verfügbar.

Artists' mobility and visas: a step forward

As a part of its advocacy activities for better conditions for the international mobility of artists and cultural professionals, On the Move (OTM) tackles visa issues: on this crucial theme we organised a training workshop in November, 15th- 16th in Brussels focused to Schengen visas. The results of this workshop form the core of this report, that presents specific obstacles faced by mobile artists, confronts theory and practice, and suggests concrete solutions. Mobility happens anyway: let’s make it happen better!