Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, in response to a request from professionals of the music industry, is launching a pilot grant dedicated to supporting managers who work alongside artists to develop their careers and constitute an important support for the artist’s entourage. This pilot grant has been designed as a two-year grant and offers managers the chance to increase the depth of their professional network and development while aiding them in their pursuit to work more closely with Luxembourgish artists locally and abroad. One of the aims of this grant is to allow managers to build dedicated relationships with the artists in order to further develop their careers (day-to-day activities, negotiating contracts, booking gigs, strategising long term goals, etc.).
For its part, Kultur | lx is committed to accompanying the laureates and has built a mentoring programme with international professionals who will be able to guide the laureates throughout the various stages of this grant. Mentors will come from a variety of backgrounds and countries, specifically within the management sector, and available for bi-monthly consultations with the laureates. In addition, the two laureates will automatically be included in any local or international training initiatives (i.e. educational, workshops, networking events, etc.) brought forth by Kultur | lx. Beneficiaries of the Artist Management Programme will also receive an additional stipend in order to attend up to two international conferences per calendar year.
This grant is intended for:
Artist Managers / Management
With Luxembourg citizenship or residency in Luxembourg.
General Form Questions – Documents
CV of the applicant and/or presentation of their company
Overview on the artists they manage
Strategic / Business / Career Development Plan for 2022-2024
Describe yourself and/or your company, your strengths, and how your activities help in the overall growth of the Luxembourgish music sector.
List the high-level activities and goals for both you and your artists you expect to achieve over the course of the 2022-2024 calendar years.
Global Budget Estimation. Estimate how much you’ll spend on various development activities per calendar year.
Exclusion and restrictions
Beneficiaries of the Artist Management Programme can only receive the award once and are also unable to receive funds via Global Project Grant.
Laureates will also receive an additional stipend to attend up to two (2) international conferences per calendar year. This stipend is capped at €800 maximum per event and must be applied for via Kultur lx’s Support for mobility, research and career development before the deadline specified under “Decision Process” here.
The applications will be examined by an External Selection Committee, which will name two (2) beneficiaries for this pilot grant to take place over the course of two years. The committee’s decision is final. The committee may decide not to award the grant, if it feels that the applications submitted to it do not merit the award.
Applications to be submitted by: September 4, 2022 deadline.
Close involvement with the Luxembourgish cultural scene;
Working with at least one Luxembourgish artist with a strong export strategy; ideally managers working with artists eligible for Kultur | lx’s support will be favoured.
Relevance and uniqueness of the artist(s) managed;
Full or part-time music professional.
Must have a contractual relationship with a Luxembourgish artist; and/or business permit; and/or Asbl, Sarl, Independent status, etc.
Relevance of their long-term career strategy;
Having an international network is a plus (agents, bookers, labels, etc.);
Including, but not limited to:
Personal career development (business meetings, time spent attending conferences and trade events, workshops, etc.).
Consultation with the artists day-to-day
Strategic planning of releases, performances, festivals or upcoming projects
Creating marketing and merchandising strategies
Networking via business meetings and international conferences
An €800 maximum per conference envelope will be granted for up to two events per calendar year.
Establish and pursue long-term career goals
Take part in a bi-monthly mentoring program with international music managers
Quarterly meeting with Kultur | lx
Amount of the grant
The total amount of the grant is capped at €10,000 / year over a two-year period.
Obligations and terms of payment
The manager undertakes to:
Pursue weekly work with their core (Luxembourgish) artists;
Follow, as much as possible, the guidelines and initiatives set out as part of this grant and to inform Kultur | lx of any changes necessary to properly put that project into effect;
Take part in a bi-monthly mentoring program with international music managers;
Participate in at least two international conferences per calendar year (for example : Reeperbahn Festival, jazzahead!, IAMA, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Europe Jazz Conference, Classical:NEXT, WOMEX, etc). An €800 maximum per conference envelope will be granted for up to two events per calendar year;
Submit a quarterly report on their activities and projects;
Submit a detailed report at the end of each year, including a year end balance sheet (“bilan comptable”);
Strictly meet his/her statutory obligations (tax, social contributions, copyright, related rights, etc.);
Inform Kultur | lx of upcoming events (conferences, workshops, etc) and initiatives with his/her artists roster and provide everything required for publicising and promoting them in good time (images, texts, videos, concert dates, etc.);
Maintain a regular dialogue with Kultur | lx on your progress throughout the year.
Terms and conditions for payment of the grant (per calendar year):
Instalment 1, October 2022 – €5.000 when the agreement is signed;
Instalment 2, €5.000 after the first six months and following a mid-term report;
Instalment 3, €5.000 for year two, only following a report including detailed activities and a final financial report written and submitted from year one;
If a year-one report has not been provided, laureates will not be eligible to receive funding for the second year of this grant.
Instalment 4, €5.000 six months later, plus a final year two report in October 2024 at the end of the 2 year Artist Management Programme;
The laureate will need to hand in a final year two report in October at the end of the 2 year Artist Management Programme.If the final report has not been provided, the organisation will be entitled to ask for a full or partial reimbursement of the grant.
The award of the funding will be voided if one of the obligations applicable to the grant are no longer met, or that the funding was awarded on the basis of inaccurate or incomplete information.
Should the funding be voided, the organisation will be entitled to reimbursement of any payments already made. The organisation may, on an exceptional basis, waive its right to reimbursement upon the submission of a written request setting out the reasons, which must be outside the control of the beneficiary of the funding, why the project did not take place and their direct causal link with the fact that it did not take place.