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Artists at Risk – new initiative launched

23 November 2018

Last week, on 14 November 2018, a new funding initiative was launched in Berlin to support artists and cultural actors at risk. The initiative is jointly funded by three German government agencies, the Goethe Institut, ifa, and the Federal Foreign Office.

Mission Statement

The Martin Roth-Initiative protects artists who are committed in their home country to the freedom of art, democracy and human rights by enabling temporary residence in Germany or third countries for the purpose of protecting those who are being persecuted. Special significance is placed on the cultural scenes and local civil society in the host countries which, during the scholarship period, work with the scholarship holders, provide support and enable their professional development. The Martin Roth-Initiative aims to ensure that, at the end of the scholarship period, it is possible for the scholarship holder to return safely to their home country, or that the foundation for their successful integration in the society of the host country has been laid. The joint performance between the Martin Roth-Initiative and its partners, both domestically and abroad, expresses the commitment of civil society to take on responsibility and nail its colours to the mast.

To find out more about the initiative, and ways to participate in the scheme, please see the website here.  If you know of artists at risk, or are an artist at risk, please contact the organisation directly.