Consultations

Consultations are free of charge for culture makers with registered addresses in Berlin. Registration is required for all events offered. The Information Center is at your disposal for questions, suggestions and individual appointments.

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de

In order to assure that you receive appropriate consultation, please provide the following information with your registration:
* Name | * Consultation Topic | * Exact Concern | * Possible Times

January 2018

In order to register for an advisement session, please send a request to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de

In addition, we ask you to complete the participant questionnaire, print it out and bring it to the advisement session with you. You can view the declaration of consent to the collection of personal information here. We ask you to also print this out, as the declaration of consent must be signed in person during the advisement session. This process also allows for a longer and more effective advisement session, as all administrative concerns have already been dealt with in advance.

If you have participated in a measure of the Performing Arts Program - Information, Consultation & Qualification in the period from April 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019, you are already registered as a participant. In this case, we ask you to simply complete, print out and bring the first page of the participant questionnaire to the advisement session with you.



Area of Special Focus: Submitting Funding Applications | Concept | Accounting

The production managers Inge Zysk, ehrliche arbeit (freies Produktionsbüro) Katharina von Wilcke (depArtment) and Helena Tsiflidis (fonundtsu) provide mutual advice on the topic of submitting funding applications, concept and accounting.

Advisor: Katharina von Wilcke
Time: January 8, 2019 | 4:00-7:00 pm; January 15, 2019 | 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: Büro depArtment im Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10999 Berlin

Advisors: Anna Wille
Time: January 9, 2019 | 10:00-11:30 am; January 14, 2019 | 3:30 pm -5:00 pm; January 23, 2019 | 10:00-11:30 am; January 30, 2019 | 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Besprechungsbüro der ehrlichen arbeit, Mariannenplatz 2, 10999 Berlin


Area of Special Focus: Strategy Planning
Advisor: Eva Hartmann
Time: January 10, 2019 | 10:00-11:30 am and 11:30am - 1:00 pm; January 17, 2019 | 10:00-11:30 am and 11:30am - 1:00 pm
Location: By arrangement

How do I effectively position myself within the community, how do I combine my personal and professional strengths? The goal of the consultation is to create a safe, supportive and challenging framework in which those receiving consultation can examine and experience their own development. The consultation is intended to help understand and overcome obstacles and blocks in order to effectively and successfully reach one's goals.

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: Legal Consultation
Advisor: Sonja Laaser
Time: By arrangement
Location: C.O.X.legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Brachvogelstr. 1, 10961 Berlin

Do you have questions regarding theater and cultural event law?
Theater and cultural event law is an interdisciplinary area made up of a multitude of other legal areas which we have to deal with in our daily work. For example:

  • Copyrights and ancillary copyrights: How can you use external text, music and film material and how can you protect your own concepts, text and productions?
  • Internet law: What do you have to bear in mind when creating your homepage
  • Corporate law: What legal form is most suitable for your company?
  • Contract law: What should you bear in mind when negotiating contracts with theaters?
  • Liability law: What happens if something goes wrong?

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.Area of Special Focus: Transitional Advisement on Establishing A Second Means of Financial Support

Advisor: Heike Scharpff
Time: By arrangement
Location: Ballhaus Ost, Pappellallee 15, 10437 Berlin

From an economic standpoint, the independent performing arts are a very uncertain field. Even the most artistically successful are rarely able to financially survive from their artistic work.
How long am I prepared to remain in this precarious situation? How can I reposition myself professionally? What other sources of income can I establish for myself with my existing competencies? What kind of additional training could serve as a foundation for this?
Heike Scharpff, psychologist and director, advises artist who find themselves at the crossroads of artistic creation and precarious economic conditions.


Area of Special Focus: Management of Guest Performances
Advisor: Catherine Launay
Time: By arrangement
Location: Intercult, Prenzlauer Allee 10, 10405 Berlin

Are you looking to realize your project at multiple locations and reach new and different audience groups? Do you want experts to become aware of you and your work?
What kind of systematic and proactive strategy is necessary in order to create this "visibility" and be noticed by the public? And what tools, methods and activities do you need for this?
How I do search for suitable performance locations? How do I get into contact with the performance venues? What kind of publicity material is necessary? How do I use the initial performances to invite programmers and get them interested in my project? How do I shape my distribution list, maintain it and expand it? What does the budget for a guest performance look like?

To register, please send an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de


Area of Special Focus: Art Projects with Coproduction Partners Abroad With France as an Example
Advisor: Catherine Launay
Time: By arrangement
Location: Intercult, Prenzlauer Allee 10, 10405 Berlin

Would you like to coproduce a project together with a partner abroad and/or organize an international tour for your project?
How do I adapt my strategy and my activities to the different cultural and legal contexts?
Thanks my many years of practical experience working with partners in France, I can support you in the professionalization of your activities: I can advise you can how to shape your search for new cooperation partners and thus give yourself the foundation for an individual network. Why do you want to give your project an international context? What exactly about it could especially interest a partner abroad?
How can you find out about corresponding institutions and their representatives abroad? How do you find relevant networks and suitable contact partners for your needs? What financing and support programs exist? What framework conditions must be kept in mind when organizing performances abroad? (Legal guidelines, declaration obligations, receiving visas and work permission, social protection and replacement procedures, international contracts, international taxation).

To register, please send an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de


Area of Special Focus: Contemporary Circus, Artistry and Theater
Advisor: Jana Korb
Time and location: By arrangement

Are you circus artists and you would like to make the leap to your own productions?
Do you want to develop a piece in which you work with circus artists?
Circus arts and the form of circus are finally seen as serious art forms in Germany, but these artists usually come from the field of show business and are poorly acquainted with the independent performing arts community.
Over the course of individual advisement sessions, we will answer your individual questions, provide support for your financial questions, give you information about funding strategies, help with special matters regarding insurance and tax issues for artists as well as deal with your questions regarding rigging, safety and more.
The individual advisement sessions can also include networking with Berlin's circus community, rehearsal spaces and performance venues.

Please register and provide a brief of summary of your questions via email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: Accounting | Strategies
Advisor: Eva-Karen Tittmann
Time: By arrangement
Location: Büro 313, Klosterstrasse 44, 10179 Berlin

Freelance production manager Eva-Karen Tittmann offers advice on questions regarding accounting requirements for public funding as well as the strategic expansion and further development of independent groups: which legal form makes the most sense, which networks should be developed, what planning steps will help on the path toward professionalization? These and other questions can be explored and illuminated over the course of an individual advisement session.

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: Offering Rehearsal Spaces for Rent
Advisor: Aurora Kellermann, Rehearsal Space Platform Editorial Team
Time: By arrangement
Location: Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

This consultation session is suitable for all members of the independent performing arts community who manage a rehearsal space and offer it for use by other artists.
Questions regarding the price structure, the presentation and marketing of the spaces as well as possible funding sources or cross-funding sources will be thoroughly analyzed and answered together in order to conceptualize individual plans.
The advisement session is intended for everyone who is planning to open up a new rehearsal space in Berlin.

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: Self-Marketing
Advisor: Madlen Stange
Time: By arrangement
Location: Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin 

Self-positioning is one of the central questions that one must answer in order to successfully develop a project and more fully establish it. Where do I stand? Where does my project stand? And where can I dock this topic within various societal areas or discourses? Self-presentation and PR work are also important if you intend to present the project to potential funders. In my consultation session, I can also provide support for sharpening your profile as well as to effectively make use of potential with well-planned media work and networking - and perhaps it makes sense to look at some of the strategies of the big players? And if you have questions about topics like PR and press work, the acquisition of funding from third parties or networking (throughout Germany or throughout Europe), you have come to the right place.

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: Künstlersozialkasse (KSK)
Advisor: Alexander Schwarz
Time: By arrangement
Location: Deutsche Medien- & Künstlerberatung, Richard-Sorge-Str. 72
10249 Berlin

What is the KSK? What kind of health insurance coverage makes sense? How can I reduce my health insurance costs by up to 50% with the help of the KSK? What gaps exist and how can these be covered affordably? What additional benefits do I receive from the KSK? Is it possible for me to join the KSK? What documents do I need for the application?

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: Fundraising (EU, German Federal Government, German State Governments, Foundations, ...)
Advisor: Tom Timmerhoff
Time and location: By arrangement

There are thousands of funding programs from the EU, German federal government, German state governments, foundations and alternative options for financing projects. It is almost impossible to know all of them and anyone without an overview loses themselves during the search. This often means the end of the project. How can one develop an individual fundraising strategy? What is necessary and how can you assess and improve your own fundraising skills?Funding opportunities for the participant's respective project will be explored during the individual expert consultations.

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: Cultural Education
Advisor: Ulrike Düregger
Time: By arrangement
Location: Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

Advice for questions on the topic of cultural education, especially tailored to the BKJ-supported program "Kultur macht stark" that BUFT is also participating in by supporting local dance and theater projects with children and young people. What is the position of the artist within cultural education? How do I find suitable schools/youth clubs/daycare programs? Is this really a second leg to stand on for the future?

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: The core of your idea / specification of artistic ideas
Advisor: Janne Harnischfeger
Time: By arrangement
Location: Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

Do you have an idea for a production and cannot make progress in specifying the idea in order to be able to begin with the conceptual work? Are you unable to communicate the idea because the critical parameters for a specific conceptual elaboration are missing?

With the help of a specific analysis method, ideas and visions will be specified and their essence will be determined. An idea can grow with the help of associative links and disassociations. Individually or as a group, you will generate an image for your project and find the right words for bringing you closer to your goal.

Group sessions (3 hours) or individual advisement sessions (1.5 hours) are possible.


Area of Special Focus: Finding Goals, Achieving Clarity and Making Decisions More Easily
Advisor: Janne Harnischfeger
Time: By arrangement
Location: Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

You want to take new steps?
A decision has been made and it needs an initial impulse?

We will develop specific courses of action in the advisement session.  Existing resources will be revealed and strategies will be developed for realizing and implement them. An overview can be generated on the basis of a network analysis from which personal and professional contacts can result in additional work opportunities and new paths. We will position the various inner voices that make themselves known during decision-making as your "inner team" that will help you to achieve clarity.

Registration is always required and can be made by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Area of Special Focus: Scenography in the Independent Performing Arts Community – From Concept to Realization
Advisor: Silvia Albarella
Time: By arrangement
Location: Upon request

What are the special characteristics of working within the independent performing arts community for stage and costume designers?
How can one work well without permanent structures (scene shops, costume shops, et cetera) and correspondingly plan to take this into account? What networks, forums and collections already exist?
This expert advisement session is intended to help artists (set and costume designers, but also artistic directors and performers) to calculate the budget necessary for scenography. The expert advisement session also provides comprehensive information about various opportunities for study and practical experience and provides help on the search for suitable internships/assistantships for newcomers and those just starting out.

You are welcome to register with a project (questions, concept, stage and costume design sketches) by sending an email to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de.


Registration and Individual Appointments

Consultations are free of charge for culture makers with registered addresses in Berlin. Registration is required for all events offered. The Information Center is at your disposal for questions, suggestions and individual appointments.

Please send requests for information, registrations and requests for appointments
to beratung(at)pap-berlin.de