Statens Kunstfond

Performing Arts: Ad Hoc International Activities

Funding for ad hoc performing arts activities with an international content.


  • March 16 2020
  • September 01 2020

* Note: Please note that you can submit your application until 23:59 on the closing date, but we recommend that you submit earlier. The application form is available at least one month before the deadline.

Who may apply?

Professionals organising or working with performing arts activities.

Find out more about how to apply if your project combines different art forms.

Who may not apply?

  • The Royal Danish Theatre, the Danish regional theatres, the Jutland Opera, and the theatres in the Copenhagen theatre association may not apply cf. chapter 8, section 18(1) of the Danish Act on Performing Arts.
  • Students at the Danish National School of Performing Arts or a similar foreign educational institution, if they have not graduated before the application deadline.

You cannot receive funding for:

  • expenses related to new productions
  • educational purposes for individuals

Purpose of the program

The Danish Arts Foundation works to promote the performing arts scene in Denmark and Danish performing arts internationally.

The Committee for Performing Arts Project Funding has made this funding programme with multiple annual deadlines to accommodate the demand for funding for ad hoc performing arts activities. The maximum grant amount is 30,000 DKK.

This programme only funds ad hoc activities. Only projects with an urgent need for funding, which could not have been planned well in advance, are eligible for this programme.

If you need funding for regular international activities, please see the programme 'Performing Arts: International Activities'.

The Committee for Performing Arts Project Funding aims at developing and promoting Danish performing arts through interaction with the international performing arts scene. We achieve this by funding:

Activities in Denmark

  • International guest performances
  • Networking and research (including international guests at performances in Denmark)
  • International artist residencies in Denmark

Activities abroad

  • Touring activities
  • Networking and research (including participation in workshops as a speaker) for the purpose of international collaborations such as co-productions
  • Residencies abroad

How your application will be evaluated?

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Performing Arts Project Funding evaluates the incoming applications.

When evaluating your application, the committee prioritises:

  • high artistic quality
  • applications where the activities support the theatre’s/participant’s general activities and artistic profile
  • activities that aim directly at furthering the applicant's development
  • guest performances/touring activities that involve performances and related activities (e.g. networking, workshops/master classes, research etc.)
  • activities with a verified mutual interest regarding resources and interests, including cultural exchange for the purpose of future collaborations
  • activities where an exchange of experience with the Danish performing arts scene is taken into account

When evaluating artistic quality, the committee considers:

  • strong and original artistic intentions
  • clear artistic and/or social relevance
  • considerations about the interplay between process, form and content
  • the ability to transform content into a distinct artistic expression
  • the ability and commitment to explore new forms of expression within the performing arts
  • considerations regarding relevance to the audience/recipients, considerations about manner of presentation, venue, and accessibility.

When evaluating the applications, the committee reserves the right to consider a spread in terms of geography and genres as well as giving preference to a focus on children and young people.

The committee may decide to grant the application partially and/or award a smaller amount than applied for, based on an overall assessment of the application. The committee evaluates your application in consideration of all the other applications and the total amount available for funding while also aiming to spread the support for the arts.

If you have applied for grants from the Danish Arts Foundation within the past three years, this information will be considered in the evaluation of your application.

Please note that the activity must not be initiated before the application deadline has passed.

What the application must contain?

You must submit your application using our digital application form found via the link on this page. We do not accept paper forms.

However, at the bottom of the page, you will find the application form as a PDF. Use this to familiarize yourself with the content and make sure you are ready with all the required information and documents, before filling in the actual application form. The digital application form has a 15-minute session timeout, so you need to fill it in rather quickly.

We recommend you to use the browsers Chrome or Firefox when you fill in the application form.

The following information must be entered in the application form:

  • A short project description, including an explanation of why it is an ad hoc activity (maximum 2,500 characters).
  • Links to relevant information about, for example, a festival, a residency, or partners. It is the applicant’s responsibility that the links are working.
  • The date/period of the project’s completion must be clearly stated.

You must attach the following:

  • Budget and a specification of goals (use this template)
  • Participants’ CV including portraits (max. one page per person)
  • Documentation of the agreement with the international partner and/or an invitation

When filling in the project description, you must state the specific goals planned for your project. If we ask you to report on your project, we will evaluate whether you have fulfilled the goals stated in your application. These could be, for example:

  • Touring and/or guest performances: number of performances/shows, audience figures, number of related activities (workshops or other activities).
  • Networking and research: number of new relevant contacts, number of meetings with artists, institutions, organisations, or others.
  • Residencies: number of new relevant contacts (key persons, institutions), number of shows (not mandatory), number of related activities (workshops, masterclasses, etc.).

If you apply for funding for the same project from other Danish Arts Foundation committees, you have to state this in your application.

Please be aware of the following:

  • The total size of the attached files may not exceed 15 MB.
  • We accept the document formats PDF, Word, and Excel. We do not accept ZIP files.
  • You are not able to edit an application once you have submitted it. If your application is incomplete, you must submit a new and complete application before the deadline.
  • The committee will process the most recently submitted application.
  • Your application must include all the required attachments in order to be processed by the committee.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that your application has been filled in correctly and that all required attachments are included. Please check your email receipt for a list of the documents attached to your submitted application.

How much you may apply for?

To get an idea of usual grant amounts, you can look at previously awarded grants on our website (in Danish).

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Performing Arts Project Funding evaluates the individual project’s demand for funding, and prioritises the following expenditures for different project types:

  • International guest performances in Denmark: accommodation and domestic transport costs.
  • International touring activities: travel and transport costs.
  • Networking activities: travel and accommodation costs up to DKK 15,000.
  • International guests at Danish performances: up to DKK 2.000 per guest.
  • Artist residencies lasting more than three weeks, in addition to travel and accommodation costs: per diem allowances and/or honorariums up to DKK 10,000 per month, given that the applicant does not receive administrative support.


If you are a Danish citizen, organisation, or business and receive a grant, you must have a NemKonto available for the payment transfer. We transfer all grants to the NemKonto linked to the Danish CPR/CVR number you state in the application. If you, for example, apply with a new CVR number, you have to make sure that you have linked it to a NemKonto. You have to do this before a potential grant is awarded.

If you have moved out of Denmark according to the Danish Customs and Tax Administration’s definition, or if you are a foreign applicant, you are able to have a potential grant transferred to a foreign bank account. For applicants with foreign bank accounts, a completed bank information form must be attached, either the form for wire transfers to countries using IBAN or the form for wire transfers to countries NOT using IBAN.

We pay the grant as closely as possible to the start date you have stated in your application. You should therefore make sure that the start date you enter matches the date of the first expenses for your project

We report the grant to the Danish Tax Agency, but tax has not been deducted from the payment.

When do you get an answer?

You will receive the committee’s decision via email within 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Throughout those weeks, the committee will read and process all submitted applications. We will publish all awarded grants on our website (in Danish), once all applicants have received the committee’s decision.

The names of all applicants are made public on our website in the committees’ minutes (in Danish).

Once you have submitted the application

When you have submitted your application, you will receive an email receipt with your application number. Remember to state your application number if you contact us.

In your email receipt, you will also find an overview of the documents attached to your application. It is your responsibility to check that all required documents are submitted, so please check the list to be sure.

Legal Framework

Decisions are made in accordance with section 3(1), cf. (2) and (3) of the Danish Act on the Danish Arts Foundation’s Activities (Act no. 458 of 8 May 2013) and chapter 8, section 18(1) of the Danish consolidating Act on Performing Arts.

If you get a grant you must...

When the Danish Arts Foundation awards grants, it is important, and not least legally required, that the money is used for the purpose you have described in your application. Therefore, you must report on your project to the Agency for Culture and Palaces. How you must report depends on the grant amount you have received. Read more about how to report on your project.

Who will evaluate your application?

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Performing Arts Project Funding processes the applications and makes the final decision concerning the distribution of the committee’s funds.

Application form as PDF?

On this site made all submitted electronically, but many people benefit from print a PDF to orient themselves in the requirements before they reach the completion of the actual application. But remember that you can not complete the form by hand and return it physical or analogy.

Click here to preview the online application form (NB the form cannot be filled in)

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