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New Paths

Funding programme of the State of NRW for the profiling of municipal theatres & orchestras in NRW

"Neue Wege" (New Paths) is the state-wide funding programme for the profiling of municipal theatres and orchestras in NRW. Currently, 30 ambitious projects in the fields of dance, music theatre, drama and orchestra are being funded for several seasons. Some of these projects are dedicated to special concepts of addressing the audience or are participatory in nature. Audience development projects, theatre or concert projects for children or young people are just as much part of the overall picture as the further training of young performing artists at the theatres following their university education. Last but not least, a significant number of projects have a concrete structure-building purpose, e.g. through the establishment of specific sections and long-term cooperation with other theatres or independent theatre groups.

The NRW Ministry of Culture is providing a total of 25 million euros for the "New Paths" programme from 2019 to 2022. This funding comprised 2.5 million euros in 2019 and increased by a further 2.5 million euros each year until 2022. After three calls for proposals in 2018, 2019 and - due to corona - 2021, there was a fourth call for proposals in the summer of 2022, and the jury decisions will be made in the first quarter of 2023. The decision on the continuation of individual funded projects will also be made in this year.

The programme promotes the strengthening and formation of special profiles, artistic quality and artistic, organisational, structural or experimental impulses. The projects applied for can relate to the further development of existing thematic focuses, initiate structural changes, be cross-disciplinary or involve cooperation with other cultural institutions or with protagonists from the independent scene. Ideas are welcome that aim to strengthen diversity on the stages of NRW - in the composition of ensembles, orchestras and management structures, in artistic programmes or in attracting and retaining new audiences.

The NRWKS manages this programme together with the NRW Ministry of Culture. The funded projects are presented in a brochure. In addition, trailers are produced annually and shown on the social media profiles of the funding programme and in selected cinemas.