TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund (DANCE PACT Local-Regional-National) is a joint initiative by municipalities, federal states and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). It aims to promote excellence by providing support for artistic activities and structural investment in the German dance sector. The multi-year funding programme is open to artists, ensembles, production companies, venues and networks.
In the German system of multi-purpose municipal and state theatres, dance ensembles are usually at the bottom of the hierarchy after opera/music and drama, being allocated the smallest budgets and lower levels of pay for their artists. Independent dance ensembles generally survive on project grants and short-term funding, and are often unable to pay dancers a minimum wage. Ongoing financial support that allows organisations to plan ahead is essential if we are to establish fair working conditions in the dance sector.
Following a consultation with the dance scene in 2017, the funding partners developed TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund as a jointly managed, multi-year funding programme that draws on several sources of funding. They are continually revisiting and revising the programme to unlock new funding sources through match-funding, facilitating lasting change in the dance sector. This collaborative approach to funding has proved inspirational for other sectors and art forms.
The Budget Committee of the German Bundestag has committed 10.75 million euros to the programme, thus securing TANZPAKT’s future until 2025. Independent evaluations have affirmed its status as a model project with outstanding effectiveness and a pioneering approach.
Bureau Ritter as experts in arts funding
BUreau Ritter is responsible for the fund’s conception, design and execution, and also acts as an advisor for the funded projects. The Dachverband Tanz (the Umbrella Association for Dance in Germany) advises applicants and is responsible for cultural policy, providing general information and engaging in dialogue with the wider dance sector. A board of trustees made up of representatives of the German Association of Cities, the Conference of Ministers of Culture, the BKM and the dance scene advises the funding partners.