Touring Green is a pilot project by the Goethe Institut which supports professional artists in developing concepts for sustainable travel in music and to implement this as part of a resource-efficient music journey, with deliberately very open funding guidelines in order to gain experience in slow touring.
An essential part of the work for musicians is the international musical exchange with cooperation partners. Personal encounters at home and abroad are only possible while traveling, but touring can have a significant impact on the environmental impact of any musician.
A sustainability debate will discuss how resource-efficient touring can be made possible and how music tours that are planned to be sustainable in the future can look like. The tender can help musicians to plan "slow" tours and thus counteract fast and short-lived tours with appropriate concepts. Sustainable music projects should not result in a loss of musical quality or limits to creative ideas, but should lead to new forms of planning.
The funding is aimed at professional musicians and composers who live and work in Germany. After a successful application, all costs such as train tickets, accommodation, food, technical equipment and equipment will be funded in the form of a flat rate. Projects in Southeastern European countries are particularly welcome.
The duration of the tour is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 21 days. At least two non-German-speaking European countries should be visited during this time. The focus of the trip should of course be sustainability and musical exchange with local collaborators. Willingness to document the trip, to report on the experiences in a final report and to participate in an evaluation of the funding program is expected. The number of sponsored people is limited to a maximum of four. Only projects that can be realized without air travel will be funded.
Applications can be submitted from now until 31 March 2022. More information about the project can be found here.
The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide that promotes the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.