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Applications in 2019

It is no longer possible to apply for puls as a new applicant in 2019. Approved puls promoters from 2017 and 2018 must in 2019 confirm that they will continue in the program in 2019-2020.

Appointed puls promoters from 2017 and 2018

 

Approved puls promoters from 2017 and 2018 must confirm that they will continue as puls promoters in 2019-2020.

 

This is done by completing and sending the following attachments to puls@norden.org: 

  • Continuation form for puls in 2019-2020
  • Budget for puls concerts in 2019-2020

The application material will be available in March 2019.

In the Continuation form, the current puls promoters will have to submit a short evaluation of their puls concerts and activities in 2018-2019 as well as a renewed description of the artistic idea and plan for communication and audience development for the following year.

The attachments must be submitted at latest on 15th of May 2019.

 

All the concerts in the programme does not have to be confirmed, and puls promoters can change up to 1/3 of the applied concert programme without the Nordic Culture Fund's approval as long as the programme still fullfills the criteria for puls. 

 

Special requirement
Designated puls promoters must collaborate with one or more puls promoters on two concerts as a minimum in the concert programme 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. It is the puls promoters who define the form and format of the collaboration. 

Evaluation criteria

Applicants had to consider and account for the following in the application in 2018:

  • The quality of the music programme and of the project’s long-term artistic ambitions and visions
  • The project’s cultural/artistic, regional and Nordic significance
  • Quality and innovation in communications and audience development
  • The applicant’s professional role and music-industry competences. Promoters of all sizes will be considered.
  • Quality of external collaboration.

The Fund grants DKK 8,000 - 12,000 per concert to applicants based in Norway, Sweden and Åland. Applicants from Iceland and Greenland can apply for grants up to DKK 20,000 per concert (1 band = 1 concert). The Fund can furthermore grant up to DKK 20,000 for the communication and audience development described in your project.


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promoters are also allocated a travel allowance of DKK 3,000 for participating in the yearly network meeting. In 2019 the travel support doesn't account for promoters based in Helsinki, Finland since the network meeting is taking place in Helsinki.

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puls is financed by The Nordic Culture Fund, The Nordic Council of Ministers, The Danish Arts Foundation, The Ministry of Culture and Education in Finland, The Finnish Music Foundation (MES) and The Swedish Government.

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ECONOMY

  • The Fund grants DKK 8,000 - 12,000 per concert to applicants based in Norway, Sweden and Åland. Applicants from Iceland and Greenland can apply for grants up to DKK 20,000 per concert (1 band = 1 concert).
  • The Fund can furthermore grant up to DKK 20,000 for the communication and audience development described in your project.
  • The concerts must be minimum 50 % self-financed
  • puls promoters will be awarded a travel allowance of DKK 3,000 for participating in the yearly network meeting.
  • Artists must be paid professional rates.
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Network meeting for puls promoters

The national live music organisations host annual networking meetings for all funding recipients. The previous network meeting was held with Norske Konsertarrangører in Bergen, Norway the 12th of September 2018. The next meeting is going to take place in Helsinki, Finland in October 2019.
puls promoters who are not based in Helsinki will be awarded a travel allowance of DKK 3,000 for participating in the network meeting.

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Approved puls promoters

If your project is awarded a grant from the Nordic Culture Fund, you will receive an e-mail stipulating the amount and the conditions attached. This means that you have been appointed as a puls organizer and that you are included in the Nordic Culture Fund's music initiative puls. 

Initially, approved promoters from 2017 have been appointed as puls organizers for a three-year period. New puls promoters in 2018 will be appointed for a two-year period. 

Payment of the grant

The grant can be paid as soon as you have received notification of our decision. Payment is requested via My Page. You must confirm that the project is proceeding as per the application. You should also provide documentation for any specific terms and conditions attached to your grant (i.e. concerts in different Nrodic countries).  Finally, enter your account information and show how you will credit the Fund for its support.

You must latest request for the payment of your puls grant one month before the first puls concert.

The processing time for instalments is usually 10 working days.

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Specific conditions for puls funding

You should actively contribute to the marketing of puls which partly happens in collaboration with the agency VOLUME. In 2018, VOLUME will encourage crossposting, i.e. promoters sharing posts about their concerts on the puls Facebook page. puls promoters will also be encouraged to swap information about experiences in the field and documentation.

The appointed puls promoters must attend the yearly puls network meetings. Each promoter receives a travel allowance of DKK 3,000 for participating in the network meeting. In 2019 the travel grant is not available for promoters based in Helsinki since the meeting is taking place in Helsinki, Finland.

You have to submit a yearly evaluation, an annual accounts and an updated puls program for the coming year.  

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Changes in my project

Significant changes in your project, in relation to the application submitted, must be approved in advance by the Secretariat.  Significant changes are those, for example, that relate to Nordic Participants (i.e. main Nordic partners in the project) or to the duration of the project. You should also contact the Fund if you pass formal responsibility for the project to any other party or parties, and if the project manager is replaced. Up to one-third of the music programme outlined in the application may be altered without consulting the Nordic Culture Fund, provided that the programme continues to meet the puls criteria.


If the grant is used for purposes other than those described in the application, the Fund may reduce the amount or require that the full amount is repaid. If any money is left over, the Fund has the right to claim its share of the surplus. The Fund's share of any surplus will correspond to its share of overall project funding. If the money is not repaid, the case will be put in the hands of a debt collection agency.

Final report and accounts

The cost items may not be rounded. They must correspond to the actual costs of the project, which must have underlying appendix.

Remember to save the documentation of your accounts

The Nordic Culture Fund and the Danish National Audit Office, which audits the Fund’s accounts, are entitled to request documentation of your accounts up to five years after they were submitted. This means that you must keep all records for five years after submission, regardless of the amount involved.

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Concerning three-year puls funding

The Nordic Culture Fund has the right to claim back the funding granted to an individual puls promoter at any time if the promoter no longer meets the criteria for the puls initiative. The Fund may also demand repayment of  funding if the puls promoter's concert program for a given year does not meet the criteria for puls, i.e. with regards to the quality of the program and work within in audience development. 

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IMPORTANT

Download here important documents concerning payments and reporting.

Instructions for payment, reporting and accounting

Accountant’s Guide

 

MANAGE YOUR PROJECT ON MY PAGE

Throughout the process, you can track and manage your project via My Page, including requesting payment of instalments, lodging final reports etc, by using the same username you stipulated when you submitted your application.

 

REMEMBER TO USE THE PULS’ LOGO

You must use the puls logo for all concerts and associated publicity. The logo is available on the Fund's website, along with instructions for correctly crediting puls.

We encourage you to share your puls activities on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pulsnordiclivemusic/