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Taking Care of Business

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BERLIN | 2014

An interactive seminar on funding, business and project development possibilities for Berlin based creatives.

Presented by Kulturförderpunkt and curator Kate Brehme (Contemporary Art Exchange), supported by SUPERMARKT.

Taking Care of Business was a one day seminar event on October 10th, 2014 at Supermarkt in Berlin. Organised by Kulturförderpunkt and myself, it provided creative workers of all kinds based in Berlin with an overview of the various possibilities available to help them fund and develop their creative endeavours in an interactive and informative afternoon event.

An initial info-session featured speakers from organisations such as Kulturförderpunkt, Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- & Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and the European Enterprise Network, followed by case studies from other creatives with fundraising and business development experience.

After a delicious buffet lunch, participants then took part in tailored consultations and workshops with the speakers, or used the SUPERMARKT space to sit and work on their funding or development applications, and network with other creatives.

About the Event Organisers:

Kulturförderpunkt (culture funding point) is a new public-funded service that offers free information on cultural funding sources. Since autumn 2013 the not-for-profit organisation Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH with support of the Senate of Berlin and funding from the EU Fund for Regional development has created this funding information desk which offers advice and information on funding opportunities from the public and private sector to artists and cultural projects in Berlin, completely free of charge.

Kate Brehme is an independent curator and arts educator from Australia. Kate has over ten years’ experience curating a number of projects, exhibitions and events in Australia, Scotland and Germany and is director of Contemporary Art Exchange, a curatorial platform for international exchange projects with young and early career artists. Kate is a lecturer for NODE Center for Curatorial Studies and runs Coffee, Curating and Cultural Management, a series of ongoing monthly drop in discussions for Berlin-based curators and cultural managers to network, discuss methodologies, and get feedback on projects or ideas.

About the Speakers:

Enterprise Europe Network help small companies make the most of the business opportunities in the European Union is the Enterprise Europe Network’s mission. Their experts can help you find international business partners, source new technologies and receive EU funding or finance. And they can advise you on issues as diverse as intellectual property, going international, or EU law and standards. The Enterprise Europe Network brings together business support organisations from more than 50 countries.

is a crowdfunding platform used internationally in over 244 countries and territories. Indiegogo is a way for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen. Since 2008, millions of contributors have empowered hundreds of thousands of inventors, musicians, do-gooders, filmmakers – and many more – to bring their dreams to life. Some Indiegogo campaigns are small and personal. Some are large and mainstream. Each campaign is moving forward because it is supported by a community of people with a common goal.

Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- & Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes
The Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- & Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes (Cultural and Creative Industries Initiative of the Federal Government) help businesses, start-ups, freelancers and self- employed professionals in the cultural and creative industries offering an industry-speci­fic point of contact for their business-related needs. Their team combines the ideal skills for the interface between creativity and entrepreneurship: not only are their staff members deeply familiar with the various creative sectors, but they also possess comprehensive business expertise. These insights help them to address the needs of creative professionals in a particularly targeted manner.

The SUPERMARKT is a conference and workshop center, a cafe & a coworking space and a place where international people gather. They offer space for meetings, presentations, work and mutual thinking. As fans of Digital Culture and Open Source solutions they often organize community-based events: Hackathons, developer events, tech workshops, book- and magazinesprints. 

Helen Acosta Iglesias is a Berlin based visual artist whose work explores belief, irony and everyday rituals. Helen has exhibited extensively throughout Germany and internationally and has received numerous awards for her work.

Alicia Reuter is Co-Founder and Press and Media Manager for Berlin Art Prize, an independent annual award. Its aim is to support the city’s artists by establishing a non-institutional prize (a group exhibition, an accompanying catalog, a residency, prize money, and a trophy) awarded by a jury of local art professionals.

Susa Pop is Director of Public Art Lab, curator and cultural operator. Susa initiated most of the PAL projects such as the Media Facades Festivals, Mobile Studios and Mobile Museums. She holds worldwide conferences and workshops in the field of urban media and is lecturer at the University of Potsdam / European Media Science and at the FH Potsdam / Arts Management and Cultural Work.

Photos from the event are below!