Guidelines

The Kultur | lx Coordinators have drawn up some guidelines to help artists and project sponsors with accessing the available grants. They set out our objectives, the general eligibility criteria, and the restrictions and exclusions in terms of funding.

It is important to read these conditions thoroughly before filling out the forms.

All applications must be made through the Kultur | lx website. No applications received via email or post will be processed.

Incomplete applications will be disregarded.

Our forms are, to a degree, standardised, in order to facilitate the evaluation of applications. Artists and project sponsors may, however, attach any other files that they deem necessary.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to call us on +352 26 26 21 21 or send an email to info@kulturlx.lu.

Objectives

To receive funding from Kultur | lx, your project must be in line with one or more of the long-term objectives guiding the work of Kultur | lx:

  • Project quality and work process:
    • Developing the artist’s skills and capabilities;
    • Being innovative in their artistic methods;
    • Following the principles of sustainable development.
  • National-level impact:
    • Developing the artist’s ties with the Luxembourg cultural landscape;
    • Encouraging dialogue between the creative sectors and other areas of civil society;
    • Developing Luxembourg’s capacities for coproduction and raising its international profile.
  • International impact:
    • Developing their methods in relation to the international arts scene;
    • Growing international markets and audiences to extend their international visibility and improve their financial viability;
    • Promoting Luxembourg culture and the country’s artists to the sector and the general public abroad.
General criteria

Kultur | lx has developed a number of criteria for the evaluation of submitted applications. These criteria concern on the one hand the eligibility of the applicant and on the other hand the evaluation of the projects.

  • Contribution to the arts, to artists or to Luxembourg’s cultural organisations and their impact;
  • Ties to the Luxembourg cultural landscape;
  • Level of experience and/or training:
    • Specialist training or practical experience;
    • Recognition from peers or experts;
    • Degree of critical or commercial success;
  • Availability of the work in a relevant public setting (cultural institutions, galleries, festivals, editors, specialist bookshops, etc.);
  • Uniqueness and artistic relevance of the project;
  • Quality of the application submitted (reasoning, clarity, legibility);
  • Feasibility and coherence of the project and budget;
  • Identification of the project’s expected impacts;
  • Identification of the target audiences.

Different funding programs may also have additional eligibility requirements. These will be listed on the relevant funding program page.

Kultur | lx does not support methods that fall within the definitions of amateur practice.[1]

[1] Kultur | lx uses the definitions set out in the glossary of the National Cultural Fund (FOCUNA): FOCUNA Glossary.pdf (“amateur artist”, p. 10)

Eligibility

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Professional artists,[1] acting in their own name, with Luxembourg citizenship or residency in Luxembourg;
  • Self-employed creative professionals (or professionals of the culture sector), acting on behalf of the artist they represent (manager, booking agent, agent, etc.);
  • Collective artists or legal entities (associations, foundations) based in Luxembourg;
  • Any legal entity, regardless of its status, that has its registered office in Luxembourg and the activities of which are focused on culture and artists in Luxembourg, provided that the application relates to a not-for-profit event (N.B. organisations that have a contract with the Ministry of Culture or with a municipal government are authorised to submit a project, provided that it does not relate to the subject of the contract or constitute an extraordinary expense);
  • Foreign cultural organisations, provided that the planned programme benefits Luxembourg artists/productions.

The projects of audiovisual- and cinema-production companies are not eligible for the grant.

THE SECTORS THAT WE SUPPORT:

  • Architecture, design, crafts;
  • Multimedia and digital arts;
  • Visual arts;
  • Literature and publishing;
  • Music
  • Performing arts

KULTUR| LX DOES NOT SUPPORT:

  • Projects without a cultural or artistic dimension;
  • Projects seeking to profit from charitable works;
  • Projects being carried out solely in the context of primary, secondary or university education;
  • Purchases of real property, existing projects or musical instruments;
  • The construction, purchase or renovation of rehearsal rooms;
  • Projects relating solely to tourism;
  • Works that are pornographic, incite racial hatred, offer apologies for crimes against humanity or, in general, breach public order and are against good morals;
  • Works intended for purely commercial or advertising purposes.

[1] Ibid. (“professional artist”, pp. 10-11)

Types of funding and system for awards

Kultur | lx offers several mechanisms for supporting the cultural sector. They break down into three categories.

SUPPORT

Support is available throughout the year, as long as funds are available. Each type of support has its own deadlines and schedules for submitting applications. The terms are stipulated on the application form for the support in question.

The support Kultur | lx currently offers:

  • Support for career development
  • Tour support
  • Promotion support
  • Support for Participation in Fairs
  • Luxembourg Focus Programme

Award of support:

  • Applications for support of less than €10,000 are evaluated by the Kultur | lx team, formed into an internal committee.
  • Applications for support of more than €10,000 are evaluated by external selection committees. Should one of the members be involved in a support application, substitutes will be sought.

GRANTS

For grants, there are calls for applications, which may take place one or more times per year. For each grant, the call for applications stipulates the deadlines for the submission of applications and the date for notification of the results.

The grants Kultur | lx currently offers:

  • Portfolio Grant
  • Global Project Grant

Award of grants:

The beneficiaries of grants are chosen by the external selection committee for the sector in question. Should one of the members be involved in a grant application, substitutes will be sought.

RESIDENCIES (FORTHCOMING)

For residencies, there are calls for applications, which take place once per year. For each residency, the call for applications stipulates the deadlines for the submission of applications and the date for notification of the results.

Award of residencies:

The beneficiaries of grants are chosen by a panel of judges appointed by the Kultur | lx Coordinators. One panel is constituted for each residency. The panels are appointed for a three-year term. Should one of the members apply for the residency, substitutes will be sought.

Selection committees

Kultur | lx has put in a place selection committee for each of the sectors supported. The members are chosen on the basis of their skills and experience in the sector in question. They are drawn from Luxembourg’s cultural sector. Nevertheless, depending on the scope and nature of the project, international experts may be invited to complete selection committees. The members are appointed and dismissed by the Board of Directors, in consultation with the associations of representatives of the cultural sector. They serve a two-year term (half the committee can have its term renewed once).

The selection committees have:

  • An advisory function, offering their expertise to Kultur | lx;
  • A decision-making function related to applications for one-off support of more than €10,000 and to the award of grants.

Architecture, design, crafts

Tania Brugnoni (Creative Hub 1535°)
Jean Marc Dimanche (De Mains de Maîtres a.s.b.l.)
Heike Fries (Design Friends – accompanied by Anabel Witry and Reza Kianpour)
Marc Lis (Luxinnovation)
Andrea Rumpf (LUCA)

Visual arts

Christian Mosar (Konschthal, Esch)
Ruud Priem (MNHA)
Marc Scozzai (Rotondes)
Julie Wagener (AAPL – accompanied by Tine Krumhorn and Nora Wagner)
Christine Valentiny (Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain)

Literature and publishing

Jeanne Glesener (Université de Luxembourg)
Nathalie Jacoby (CNL)
Roland Kayser (Éditions Phi – accompanied by Miguel Fernandes, Editions Schortgen)
Jérôme Netgen (Kulturfabrik)
Florent Toniello (A:LL Schrëftsteller*innen – accompanied by Tullio Forgiarini and Nora Wagener)

Music

Stéphanie Baustert (manager)
Luka Heindrichs (De Gudde Wëllen)
Florence Martin (United Instruments of Lucilin)
Marc Nickts (SACEM)
John Rech (Opderschmelz)

Performing arts

Maxime Bender (Trifolion / Président Réseau Luxembourgeois des Centres Culturels Régionaux)
Coraline Garnero (TROIS C-L)
Laura Graser (Rotondes / Présidente de l’ASSITEJ Luxembourg)
Anne Legill (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg)
Stéphane Ghislain Roussel (PROJETEN / Collège des compagnies au sein de la Theaterfederatioun – accompanied by Tammy Reichling, Maskénada)