The initiatives meant to support and revitalize the music industry in Puglia that were launched for the first time in 2020 are going on: six new open Calls for proposals for artists, music operators and music businesses for have been published for the projects to be implemented in 2022.
The Calls for proposals for the internationalization of the music industry of Puglia are back
The 2022 open Calls of Puglia Sounds Plus, the line of action to support and revitalize the music sector of the Puglia Region launched in 2020 by Puglia Sounds, the programme of the Puglia Region for the development of the regional music system implemented by Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, are now available on the website pugliasounds.it The Calls “Puglia Sounds Record 2022”, “Puglia Sounds Producer 2022”, ”Puglia Sounds Tour Italia 2022”, ”Puglia Sounds Export 2022”, Puglia Sounds Export 2022: fairs and conventions 2022” and “Puglia Sounds: Memoranda of Understanding 2022” are designed for artists, operators, record labels, producers, booking agencies, concert organizers and festivals, and have a total budget of 467,600.00 euros. An important initiative aimed at supporting Puglia music industry to restart and resume its operations and business activity in the coming months. The Calls – made as part of the special plan entitled Custodiamo la Cultura (Let’s protect our cultural heritage) whereby Puglia Region is supporting, since the outset of the pandemic, the tourism and culture sectors – are in fact aimed at revitalizing the sector by means of specific actions in the fields of artistic and record production, touring in Italy, as well as in the resumption of international music activity. The open Calls published are actually meant to renew Puglia region efforts to promote international tours, as well as the participation of operators and artists in music fairs and conferences held all over the world, and to encourage collaborative work based on agreements and memoranda of understanding with international cultural institutions and networks.
“Puglia was the first Italian region in 2020 to put in place and adopt tools and actions to support the music system convinced as we were and still are that the role of Culture is key to the recovery of the country after the difficult months of the pandemic – states President of Puglia Region Michele Emiliano – With the initiatives of Puglia Sounds and the new open calls we are once again providing a tangible support to the sector in this sensitive and crucial phase of recovery which is expected to occur in the coming months. Investing in talent, culture and creativity means expressing hopes for future growth”.
“We are investing almost 500 thousand euros to support the work of our artists, music operators and music businesses in Puglia for them to get through this long emergency phase and resume their activity in Italy and abroad – says Grazia Di Bari, Regional Councillor in charge of cultural policies – I hope to see an important response from this sector, as has been the case in the past, because I believe that these calls for proposals represent useful and important tools to finally resume creative and business activity in such a strategic sector for the cultural industry of our region”.
“With Puglia Sounds Plus 2022 we are going on with the actions we have been adopting since 2020 to support the Puglia music sector in a view to making it easier to restart normal business activity – notes the President of Teatro Pubblico Pugliese Giuseppe D’Urso – we have fine-tuned the calls in the light of what has happened in the last two years to optimize our investments and get out of the state of emergency“.
“We were the first in Italy to respond to the crisis of this sector with Puglia Sounds Plus, a Call that received hundreds of applications, and it is our intention to go on supporting the entire workforce of the music industry of Puglia – says Puglia Sounds/Medimex artistic coordinator Cesare Veronico – I am very satisfied with these open calls that aim at supporting the sector as a whole and that are nothing more than a follow up of the great internationalization efforts already put in place to support the Puglia music system, efforts we were unfortunately forced to discontinue for the pandemic, but they continue to be our “pride and joy” in terms of internationalization policies.
The new Puglia Sounds Plus open Calls for projects to be implemented between April and July 2022 are available in the Section Open Calls on www.pugliasounds.it. Puglia Sounds Record 2022, the call that since 2011 has supported the creation of 340 new record productions, has a total budget of € 147,600.00 for the implementation of production, promotion and distribution projects that enhance creative skills and promote the music system of Puglia, with the deadline set for April 4, 2022. Puglia Sounds Producers 2022, the innovative call that in the past editions has supported the creation of 72 new digital productions, with a total budget of €100,000 for streaming broadcasts and digital distribution of original projects of national and international multimedia productions, with a deadline set for April 1, 2022. Puglia Sounds Tour Italia 2022, the call that in the previous editions has supported 353 concerts in Italy, with a total budget of €80,000 for programming artistic-cultural music projects and multidisciplinary artistic-cultural projects having live music as the main language and taking place in Italy (excluding Puglia), with two deadlines set for March 30 and May 11, 2022. Finally, after the forced break due to the pandemic, the actions supporting the internationalization of the Puglia music system are back. Puglia Sounds Export 2022, the call for proposals which since 2010 has supported over 1,800 concerts abroad, with a total budget of €60,000 for programming of artistic-cultural music projects and multidisciplinary artistic-cultural projects having live music as their main language and taking place in foreign countries, with two deadlines set for March 28 and May 9, 2022. Puglia Sounds Export 2022: fairs and conventions with a total budget of 37,000 euros for projects that support the internationalization of the music industry of Puglia within international fairs and conventions with several deadlines: March 31 Jazzahead! 2022April 12 Classical:NEXT 2022, April 22 Primavera Pro 2022 and six weeks before the event for fairs and conventions not included in the open call. Finally, Puglia Sounds: Memoranda of Understanding 2022, which for 2022 has a total budget of 43 thousand euros to promote agreements with the Italian I-Jazz members (an organized network of organizations/associations scattered across the country, with about 60 active members in all Italian regions) and JIP – Jazz Italian Platform (an association of 19 different Italian organizations) and the international networks EJN – Europe Jazz Network (a European association which includes 170 organizations including festivals, clubs and concert halls, independent promoters), FWMF – Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals(a network of over 50 festivals focused on world music and local cultures) and Live DMA (a European network which supports live music associations and which currently counts 21 members and represents 3,800 music venues, clubs and festivals). Through the call PS Memoranda of Understanding, Puglia Sounds recognizes a fee to the associated festivals/clubs that schedule projects that promote the music system if Puglia by 31.12.2022.
The Calls require that the projects proposed be fully implemented in the period between April and July 2022, – from submission to financial reporting – in digital format and give special support to young applicants (providing for a specific YOUNG budget share for each call). Eligible subjects, participation requirements, application deadlines and details are available on the website pugliasounds.it
Puglia Sounds is the program of the Puglia Region for the development of the regional music system financed by POC PUGLIA 2007/2013 ACTIONS “DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES. INVESTIAMO NEL VOSTRO FUTURO”