Doppelpass – Theatre Cooperation Fund, Cooperation between German independent groups and standing performing arts theatres

The German Federal Cultural Foundation established the Doppelpass Fund to support cooperation between independent groups in all artistic areas and established dance companies and theatres for a period of two years. The goal of the funding programme is to encourage the independent scene and theatres in Germany to try out new forms of collaboration and artistic production suited for tour performances, and finance their implementation. The programme wishes to provide artists on both sides the necessary freedom to productively merge their structures and working methods. A total of 59 cooperative projects have received support so far.

The core feature of the Doppelpass Fund is a two-year residency programme. This measure aims to finance artistic collaborations on equal terms between one independent group and two established theatres/dance companies.

The independent group can be involved in any artistic area or cross-genre field. It should possess relevant experience in working in a stable artistic team, and its activities should be concentrated in Germany. One of the partners should be a city or state theatre located in Germany. The other partner can either be a city/state theatre, or an established dance or theatre company which offers a professional infrastructure for artistic work in the respective areas. This second partner can be situated outside of Germany. Each established theatre/dance company must develop at least one new production with the independent group. Each production should also be shown at the other partner institution.

The partnership should last for a duration of two seasons. The residency of the independent group can be conducted in blocks and does not require year-round presence at the respective fixed venue. During the two-year residency, all partners should retain the possibility of implementing projects of their own. In order to increase the number of performances of jointly developed productions, the Doppelpass Fund can provide funding for guest performances from the currently existing partnerships as well.

Deadline: 15 November 2018

Find all details online (funding guidelines in German - for you/ your German partners)

For other funding schemes, related to Germany, check the cultural mobility funding guide - Germany.