We open up for puls applications on February 15th 2018

In 2018 will festivals and venues based in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland have the possibility to apply for puls.

puls-promoters from 2017 must apply for a grant to support the new concert programme.



The application deadline is 16th April at 23:59 , Danish time (UTC+1).

What is puls?

In 2017–19, music venues and festivals will have a unique opportunity to focus on live music in the Nordic Region and present Nordic-based, promising artists with international potential.

puls aims to:

  • facilitate that artists based in the Nordic Region establish contact with promoters (venues and festivals) in the Nordic Region.
  • develop the work of concert promoters by forging Nordic networks
  • stimulate artistic renewal and make high-quality music available to more people in the Nordic Region
  • enhance quality and stimulate innovation in communications in order to generate a greater sense of cohesion and identity among audiences, artists and promoters.


In 2018 will festivals and venues based in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland have the possibility to apply to become two-year puls promoter.

The applicants must be professionally organised, e.g. as a not-for-profit association, fund or enterprise. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Promoters are welcome to submit joint applications for programmes, communication plans, curating and artistic development, e.g. collaborations between institutions and promoters, or regional or international partnerships between multiple promoters.

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puls promoters 2017

Approved puls promoters in 2017 must apply for a grant to support the new concert programme in 2018. In the programme 2018-2019 puls promoters must collaborate with one or more puls-promoters on two concerts as a minimum.


puls promoters must also submit a brief annual evaluation of the period, along with an updated description of their artistic concept and a plan for audience development for the coming year.

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  • The Fund grants DKK 8,000 - 12,000 per concert 
  • The Fund can furthermore grant up to DKK 20,000 for the communication and audience development described in your project.
  • The concerts must be minimum 50 % self-financed
  • Artists must be paid professional rates


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What puls funds

puls provides funding to enable promoters to put on programmes featuring promising artists based in the Nordic Region, and to communicate with audiences in a focused manner. Throughout the funding period, the promoters must work on the basis of a relevant Nordic programme, artistic vision and public communications strategy. Their focus may, for example, be on programme content, networking, artistic exchanges and public information.


Funding is allocated for specific programmes for one year at a time. Applicants in 2018 have to plan a programme of between five and eight concerts, to take place in the period from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019.

  • puls concerts must feature artists from minimum two Nordic countries other than the applicant’s own
  • Minimum 50 % of an orchestra or band must consist of artists anchored in one or more Nordic countries other than the applicant's own 
  • All concerts must be open to the public
  • Applicants must attend an annual networking meeting and contribute to general communication work related to puls.



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puls does not fund

  • Concerts with artists from the applicant's own country
  • Showcases and promotional gigs
  • Purchases of technical equipment
  • Concerts taking place before August 2018 
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puls is financed by the Nordic Culture Fund, the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture, The Danish Arts Foundation, The Ministry of Culture and Education in Finland, The Finnish Music Foundation (MES) and The Swedish Government.

Evaluation criteria

Applicants had to consider and account for the following in the application in 2018:

  • The quality of the music programme and of the project’s long-term artistic ambitions and visions
  • The project’s cultural/artistic, regional and Nordic significance
  • Quality and innovation in communications and audience development
  • The applicant’s professional role and music-industry competences. Promoters of all sizes will be considered.
  • Quality of external collaboration.

Further grants of DKK 20,000 are also available for communications and audience development.


Concert programme

All applicants must apply for proposals for a specific programme. The programme must consist of five to eight concerts involving Nordic artists, to take place between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019.


The programme's concerts do not have to be confirmed, and the beneficiaries can later change up to 1/3 of the requested concert programme without the Nordic Culture Fund's approval, provided that the programme still meet the puls criteria. 


Special requirement for existing puls-promoters

Designated puls promoters from 2017 must collaborate with one or more puls promoters on two concerts as a minimum in the concert programme 2018-2019. It is the puls promoters who define the form and format of the collaboration. 

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Applications by multiple promoters

Where an application is made for a collaboration involving multiple promoters, funding may be provided for a larger number of concerts – up to a maximum of eight per promoter.

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What the application has to include (new applicants from Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland)

New applicants from Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland must submit their application online along with the puls appendix. Applications can be submitted online by 15 February 2018. The application has to include a brief description of the project, information and key data.


The following attachments should be uploaded along with the application:

  • puls appendix
  • Detailed budget and financing plan for the concerts
  • Last year's concert program
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What the application has to include (approved puls promoters from 2017)

Approved puls promoters from 2017 must confirm that they continue as puls promoters in 2018-2019.


This is done completing and sending the following attachments to puls@norden.org: 

The attachments can be sent from 15th of February. They must be submitted at latest on 16th of April 2018.

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Selection criteria for puls organisers

Promoters have to apply to the Nordic Culture Fund to be puls organisers.


A reference group comprising national arts funding bodies and music organisations screened the applications at national level. The reference group consists of Danish Arts, Culture Council, State Culture, the Finnish Music Foundation (MES) and Iceland Music Export. The Nordic Culture Fund screened applications from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Aaland.


The puls expert group assess the applications focusing on quality in the music programmes, dissemination efforts and in external collaboration. 


The final decision on the new applicants and the level of supporting existing puls promoters is based on a compilation of the two assessments.


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Networking meeting for puls promoters

The national live music organisations host annual networking meetings for all funding recipients. A network meeting will be held in collaboration with Norske Konsertarrangører in Norway August/September 2018.

puls promoters who are not based in Norway will be awarded a travel allowance of DKK 3,000 for participating in the network meeting.


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