Performing Arts for Children, Young People, and Adults

Deadline: 17.01.2022, 11:59 PM

Funding for professional performing arts projects, including international activities, during this season and next as well as funding for multiannual operations including the theatre’s international activities. Additionally, you may apply for funding for stand-alone international activities.

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The text is updated for the June deadline!

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.

The programme has two annual deadlines:

On the deadline 1 June, you may apply for both project funding, including the project’s international activities, and for operations, including the theatre’s complete international activities. Additionally you may apply with stand-alone international activities.

On the deadline mid January, you may only apply for project funding, including the project’s international activities, and for stand-alone international activities.

Who may apply?

  • Professionals organising or working with performing arts activities.
  • Students at the Danish National School of Performing Arts or a similar foreign educational institution, if they have not graduated may apply on the application deadline 1 June 2021, if they graduate no later than 1 July 2021.

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

You cannot receive funding for:

  • activities initiated before the deadline
  • activities concerning only the start-up phase, preliminary studies, and preparations for upcoming project
  • educational purposes for individuals

Purpose of the program

The purpose of the programme is to promote performing arts of a high artistic quality in Denmark and Danish performing arts abroad. This includes:

  • promoting the development of new forms of performing arts and other experimental activities within the performing arts, including:
    • performing arts activities and projects targeted at children, young people, and adults
    • reproductions where an agreement with a venue can be documented
    • cross-disciplinary projects
  • ensuring geographical diversification
  • facilitating the encounter between Danish performing arts and the international performing arts scene through international activities, including co-productions, international guest performances and tours, and residencies

About funding for innovation projects:
The committee considers innovation as being research, lab work, and innovation within performing arts and genre, which benefits the performing arts scene.

Please see also our funding programme “Performing Arts: International Activities for funding for international activities up to DKK 75,000".

How your application will be evaluated?

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

The Danish Arts Foundation has specified its visions and missions with the work of the foundation. (In Danish)

The Committee for Performing Arts Project Funding has a number of focus areas, for example, genre diversification and the international area. (In Danish)

When considering your application, the committee prioritises:

  • high artistic quality
  • content, form or presentation which is experimental and in relation to the challenges, facing the performing arts sector, for example that the applicant has considered questions of sustainability
  • cooperation between different professionals/institutions, including co-productions aiming at challenging the limits of performing arts, reaching new audiences, and/or utilising the artistic/economic resources in the most sufficient way  
  • promotion of the projects in the form of touring activities, guest performances, and reproductions
  • distinct choices when it comes to selecting the artistic group
  • distinct choices regarding relevance to the audience/recipients
  • considerations about form of presentation, location for presentation, accessibility, ticket prices, etc. in relation to the target audience
  • projects with incorporated international planning

Special areas prioritised concerning international activities:

  • international guest performances and touring activities that involve several performances and other 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:

  • the presence of a strong and original artistic intention and practice
  • a clear artistic and/or social relevance
  • considerations about the interplay between method, form and content
  • the ability to transform content into a distinct artistic expression
  • the ability and commitment to explore new expressions within the performing arts
  • considerations regarding relevance to the audience/recipients

When evaluating the project from a sustainability perspective, the committee, among other aspects, considers the optimization of transport, travel and freight. This could entail:

  • that guest performances/touring activities include several performances and additional related activities (networking, workshop / master classes, research)
  • that touring activities are planned regionally with several consecutive engagements in the same region and period
  • working with longer-term activities, including when networking
  • that, as far as possible, it is considered whether introductory meetings and research can be conducted online
  • prioritizing environmentally sustainable modes of transport
  • that freight/shipping of scenography etc. is optimized (mode of transport and materials)

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.

What must the application 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.

In your application, the committee expects you to describe:             

  • the primary idea and artistic vision
  • realisation – work method/process
  • the group’s structure – participants in the project
  • presentation and relevance to the audience
  • information about target audience: children and young people (age groups), partly children and young people or adults

 In the digitial application form, you must:

  • provide a summary of what you apply for funding for
  • state whether you are applying for funding for the same project from another Danish Arts Foundation committee
  • mark information about target group: Children and young people, partly children and young people, or adults
  • mark choice of genre: Street theatre/site specific, choreographic/physical theatre, contemporary circus, object/animation, performance, text-based, cross-disciplinary, or innovative

You must attach the following:

  • A description of your project (max. 2 pages for stand-alone projects and max. 8 pages for operations including project funding). You must attach the project description as one single document
  • Budget in Excel format. You must list all figures in DKK and remember to check that no pages are empty, when you export the document to PDF.
  • When filling in the budget template, you must also state specific goals planned for your project, including international aspects, for example geographic spread, expected number of performances, expected audience and ticket figures, and/or other goals relevant 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
  • CV on participating artists – max. one page per person including a photo. All CV’s must be attached as one single document
  • In connection with specific international activities, for example a guest performance, you must attach documentation of the agreement with the foreign partner. This could be a contract, an invitation, an e-mail, etc.

You may also attach:

  • a summary of or extract from a manuscript, if you apply for funding for new dramatic work (max. 2 pages).
  • a document with max. 3 links to photo/video documentation.

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. The committee processes the application with attachments submitted before the deadline

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)

You may apply for a maximum of DKK 150,000 for innovation projects.

For stand-alone international activities, the committee grants funding for:

  • accommodation costs and domestic transport in relation to international guest performances in Denmark
  • primarily travel and transport costs in relation to international touring activities
  • travel and accommodation costs of up to DKK 15,000 in relation to networking activites
  • international guests at Danish performances, however max. DKK 2,000 per guest
  • residencies longer than three weeks may include, apart from travel and accommodation, per diems and fees of up to DKK 10,000 per month, if the applicant does not receive funding for operations


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.

If you receive a grant of:

  • DKK 100,000 or less, 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
  • more than DKK 100,000 with a project period longer than six months, we pay the grant in instalments

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


You will receive the committee’s decision via email by mid September 2021.

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).

When you have submitted your 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.


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 processes the applications and makes the final decision concerning the distribution of the committee’s funds.