€1.65 million for Vienna’s clubbing scene, 56 projects that have benefitted from.
Swift support and safe nights out: 16 August was the date of the third and final assessment by jury of applications for the Clubkultur Wien grant. The City of Vienna has developed a targeted initiative to support the Vienna clubbing scene, a sector which has been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The Vienna Business Agency developed Clubkultur Wien to keep Vienna’s clubs in business and maintain the associated cultural and economic benefits for the city.
In total, around €1,650,000 have been paid out, with up to €30,000 available per club for new Covid compliant music events and formats. Peter Hanke, City Councillor for Economic Affairs said, “I’m pleased that so many clubs have applied for the Clubkultur grant and that it has enabled us to reach the target group so effectively. It was important and right to offer them this opportunity because club culture is a key part of our city and essential for a city of world-class standing.”
Late-night venues were forced to stay shut for 16 months in total. Clubkultur Wien was the first targeted support for the clubbing scene to be offered anywhere in Austria following its launch in November 2020. The idea behind the initiative, which was split into three rounds, in order to get support to the industry quickly, was to flank existing state measures. In total, 56 projects by clubs in Vienna, such as Club 1019, Fluc and Das Werk, received support. The projects ranged from installation of an ionising ventilation system to a cross-genre music and art event. “Not only does club culture create an identity for individual scenes, it is also an important economic factor. With this grant, we have once again been able to show that providing support swiftly doubles its impact,” said Gerhard Hirczi, CEO of Vienna Business Agency. As soon as their application was approved, clubs were able to access 70% of the grant up-front.