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Dear newsletter readers,

You’ve probably read it on our Facebook page these days: organisations and individuals are invited to respond to the public online consultation launched by the European Commission – DG Home for the revision of the procedures for short-stay Schengen visas. This is THE moment to act if you want to change the Schengen visa procedures – also for artists!

If you experienced any problem – either travelling to the Schengen space or inviting third-country nationals to your festival, theatre, gallery etc. – you cannot miss this unique opportunity to make the voice of the cultural sector heard by policy-makers. Reply to the consultation, spread the word – and feel free to mention the policy recommendations by the On the Move network, already endorsed by 20 OTM member organisations and 10 other organisations (including networks and platforms) in Europe and beyond!

Visas or not, funding opportunities are crucial for any cultural mobility experience – and our Funding section is there to help! The small OTM team cannot provide tailor-made replies to your enquiries unfortunately – but our Guides and Tips can help you a great deal looking for interesting opportunities.

And of course, we keep updating OTM website with mobility opportunities with travel costs paid.

Enjoy our April selection below (together with juicy news straight from OTM…), and like us on Facebook to have daily updates!

The On the Move team  

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OTM newsletter available in 4 languages!

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Our Facebook is your Facebook!

Since early 2012 On the Move has its own Facebook page… which is also yours! Feel free to post there your own calls and announcements (and spread the word)! 

Engage in policy

Sign or endorse On the Move’s Charter for a sustainable and responsible cultural mobility!

Are you responsible of a cultural organisation hosting foreign artists or sending artists abroad? A policy- or decision-maker at local, national or European level? A Public or private funder of cultural mobility? Find in our Charter criteria, references, ideas and resources allowing you to support the mobility of artists and cultural operators while respecting social and environmental principles!

Open consultation – Improving procedures for obtaining short-stay ‘Schengen’ visas

Have you obtained a short-stay ‘Schengen’ visa over the past three years? The Commission is reviewing the procedures for issuing these visas and would like to hear your views on your experience. The idea is to modernise the policy and your input via this public consultation will contribute to make the right changes. Make the voice of artists and cultural professionals heard! Deadline on 17 June 2013! 

Raise funding

Apexart Franchise : calls for submissions

Accepting submissions from April 4 to May 3, 2013, the Franchise is an open call for 500-word proposals for group shows that take place anywhere in the world outside of New York City. Deadline on 3 May!

Centre for Culture and Development, Denmark – Arts Fund

CKU supports cultural exchange projects with the purpose of presenting the culture of developing countries in Denmark and strengthening the cultural sectors of developing countries. Closing dates for applications: 15th January, 15th May, 15 September.

KAMS-EFWMF Tour Grant – support for touring of Korean performing art groups

KAMS-EFWMF Tour Grant supports international touring of Korean traditional performing arts groups. Deadline: 31 May.

The Russian Theatre Union launches an open call for travel grants

This flexible travel grant scheme is dedicated to advance cross-border projects between Russia and Europe. Established for performing arts professionals the Scheme is a flexible tool to fund individual travel: festivals, showcases, conferences, workshops attendance, and research trips. Deadline: 31 May.

FAJE – The French-American Jazz Exchange

The French-American Jazz Exchange ("FAJE") supports projects designed collaboratively by French and American professional jazz artists. The grants support projects that take place either in France or the United States and their respective territories or both. Next deadline: 31 May.

International Fund for Cultural Diversity (UNESCO) – Call for proposals 2013

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity aims to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. Deadline: 30 June.

Programa Iberescena – support to Latin American performing arts

The Latin American fund Iberescena supports creation, programming, management, workshops, co-productions in the performing arts field. Applications open until 12 September. 

React to a call

Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence

A transdisciplinary artistic expedition, production workshop and presentation events in Finland. Deadline: 5 May.

Safirlab: Call for projects

The Safirlab programme allows the young people with media or civil society initiatives (from Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen) to enrich their projects, and share their experiences related to media, local governance and citizenship. Deadline on 12 May.

City of Levallois Photography Award 2013

The city of Levallois in France will award a photography prize to support young international contemporary creation, and discover and promote new talents. Open to individuals, regardless of nationality, aged 35. Includes travel costs. Deadline: 20 May.

Performers wanted for Instant Acts against violence and racism 2013 in Berlin (Germany)

Interkunst e.V. (Berlin) is looking for young performing artists from all corners of the world for their upcoming theatre and music tour "INSTANT ACTS against violence and racism". We are looking for individuals and small groups (age: 17 – 30), who are active in theatre, dance, music, circus, x-sport etc. Deadline: 31 May.

New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) – Applications for grants

The New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) funds a broad range of educational and cultural activities in the form of visits to New Zealand or Japan by educationalists or artists and the interchange of educational and cultural material. Deadline: 31 May.

2013 CEC ArtsLink Fellows in Performing Arts and Literature

US cultural organizations are encouraged to apply to host the recently selected 2013 ArtsLink Fellows – international artists and arts managers in performing arts and literature – for five-week residencies. Travel, accommodation and other costs will be paid for by CEC. Deadline for the expression of interest: 15 June.

Be The One! Artistic competition for young European accordion players

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission, ONE® an Orchestra Network for Europe has developed a program that supports the musical development of young artists on their journey towards a European career. Deadline: 16 June.

Senior and Research Fellowship in Vienna (Austria)

IFK – KunstUniversitat Linz offers two types of scholarships for one academic semester, both including travel costs to Vienna. Deadline: 1 July.

Szpilman Award for ephemeral works – call for artists

The SZPILMAN AWARD is awarded to works that exist only for a moment or a short period of time. The prize winner receives the Jackpot Stipendium, incl. 10 days in Cimochowizna (Poland). Deadline: 30 September. 

Get training

Bilingual seminar (Français + Castellano) for responsible of archives in Latin America in Paris

The CISA – Conférence Internationale Supérieure d’Archivistique / Conferencia Internacional Superior de Archivística – targets responsible of national, local or company archives and experienced professional archive managers. It is open to responsible of archives in Latin America and will take place in French and Spanish. Travel costs partially paid. Deadline: 13 May. 

Cultural Journalism in the Arab World 2013

In autumn 2013 the Goethe-Institut is offering a two-month advanced training course in Germany for independent cultural journalists from different Arab countries, aged 25-40 and working in the fields
print, online, radio, or television with initial experience in cultural reporting. Deadline: 15 May. 

Cultural Management in Middle East/North Africa 2013 – Goethe Institut

In autumn 2013, the Goethe-Institut is organizing a two-month advanced cultural management training for employees of cultural institutions in the Arab world. Deadline: 15 May. 

Discover a residency

CEI Fellowship for writers in residence 2013

The CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence aims at encouraging cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers (under 35) from Central European countries not yet part of the European Union. Deadline: 1 May.

ARCUS Project 2013 IBARAKI – AIR opportunity in Japan

Artist-in-residence program of ARCUS Project aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists engaged in contemporary visual arts or other related fields. We are looking for a project which tries to conduct a site-specific research / project within a certain period of time. Deadline: 7 May.

Residency opportunity at the apartment theatre Iorgean (Bucharest, Romania)

This international residence is open for playwrighters and performers which have a project suited to be staged in this domestic space – a theatre not bigger than 32m2. Deadline: 10 May.

2013 Residency Program for Translation Research with the LTI Korea

Literature Translation Institute – Korea hosts the Residency Program for Translation Research in Korean Literature. Deadline: 10 May.

Exchange ―Planting the seed – Artist in Residence Program 2013 in Japan

The aim of this AIR program is not only to support the artist whilst he creates his /her work, but also to use the program as a tool with which to educate the local audience about art. The call is open to Japanese and international artists working in the field of contemporary art (regardless of genre) and able to speak English. Deadline: 20 May.

Koganecho Bazaar 2013- Japan. Artist-in-Residence Program: Call for Foreign Artists' Participation

“Koganecho Bazaar” is an art festival hosted by the Koganecho Area Management Center, in Yokohama (Japan). The Festival is currently accepting proposals for creative works in any genre. Deadline: 31 May.

The M Writer's Residencies 2014-15 (China and India)

Published and unpublished writers are welcome to apply as long as they fulfill the conditions (incl. age over 21 and be writing in English). Deadline: 1 June.

International Residency at the Darling Foundry, Montréal (Canada)

The program supports foreign visual artists from outside of Canada. One residency of six months will be awarded. Deadline: 1 June.

Meet others

"Chantiers de résidence artistique" in Italy and Tunisia

The "chantiers" taking place in Florence (Italy) and Tunis (Tunisia) next June will be an opportunity for exchange, research and training aiming to elaborate an artistic creation process fostering mutual knowledge. The inspiring themse will be cultural heritage, myths and histories of the Mediterranean. The call is open to artists who are EU and Tunisian citizens, based in Italy or Tunisia, and aged between 18 and 35 y.o. Deadline: 5 May.

Watch&Talk residence 2013 in Fribourg (Switzerland) – call for participation

The Festival Belluard Bollwerk International and the Migros Culture Percentage are inviting seven emerging artists to a 9-day watch & talk residence from June 28th until July 6th 2013. Seven artists from the fields of theatre, dance and performance who have at least three years professional experience will be selected. Deadline: 12 May. 

Collaborate with

Internship opportunity – Marketing and Communications – at Julie's Bicycle – London (UK)

This is a part-time, paid internship opportunity. Starting date: late May, duration 3 months. You should be passionate about sustainability in the arts but it is essential that you have an interest in developing skills around sustainability marketing and communications. Deadline: 12 May.

Digital journal InterArtive: Call for texts and artistic projects: Art & Mobility

For the publication of issue #55, the digital journal InterArtive will publish a special issue dedicated to diverse aspects of the current discussio
n about Art & Mobility. Theorists, critics, curators and artists who work on the subject are invited to participate. Deadline: 15 July.

Look for a job

European Union of Music Competitions for Youth: Secretary General needed

EMCY, the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth is currently looking for its new Secretary General. Deadline: 3 May.

Curator for international art wanted at Tate Gallery, London (UK)

Tate Modern recruits an experienced curator of modern international art, with specialist knowledge of the period 1900-1965, for a full-time permanent position in London. Deadline: 12 May.

Recruitment RESEO: temporary vacancy for network coordinator in Brussels

A temporary full time position as a network coordinator for RESEO (European Network for Opera and Dance Education) has become available for a contract from 20 August to 15 December 2013 in Brussels. Deadline: 17 May.


Green Mobility Guide for the Performing Arts: Julie's Bicycle & On the Move research dossier in 5 languages!

On The Move and Julie´s Bicycle present a new green guide to environmentally sustainable mobility for touring performing arts companies and venues. Download for free this OTM research dossier (available in English, French, Italian, German and Chinese)!

Move on! Cultural mobility for beginners

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. Free download in English, French, Italian and German.

Have you worked in more than one EU country? Your pension rights explained!

Have you worked in one or more European countries? Are you worried about your pension rights? A recently published leaflet on pensions in the EU outlines your entitlements. Artists are often "mobile" and their employment statuses can vary, but this free leaflet can help you understand the basics and whom to ask for more details.

Touring Artists, an information portal for internationally mobile artists, provides comprehensive information in Germany

touring artists, an information portal for internationally mobile artists, provides comprehensive information on visas/residence, transport/customs, taxes, social security, other insurances and copyright in Germany. Powered by OTM members ITI Germany and IGBK!

Mapping South: Journeys in South-South cultural relations

Commissioned by international arts organisation The South Project, Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations is a publication celebrating 10 years of cultural exchange and dialogue between arts practitioners from countries of the southern hemisphere.

Fresh Circus #2 – digital publication now online

The digital publication made after the Fresh Circus #2 conference (Paris, April 2012) is now available online!


On the Move is funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.