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The Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network

Who we are
The Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network was founded at the initiative of the programs’ alumni at the meeting in Kosice 11-14 April 2013. We are a network of professional cultural managers, that consists of alumni of the following programs: Robert Bosch Cultural Managers, Actors of Urban Change and Tandem Shaml.
Our Mission
As a collaborative professional cultural managers’ network for cultural exchange, that values the diversity of its members, our mission is to engage in art and culture for social change and advocacy in cultural policy as well as fostering peer-to-peer capacity building and knowledge transfer among our members.
The Network is coordinated by MitOst e.V.
Funding competition : Network activities 2016 (around themes)
Deadline: extended until September 11th, 2016

Following the outcomes and recommendations of the meetings by the network’s Mission and Communication Working Groups as well as MitOst and Robert Bosch Stiftung in April 2016, the Network Representatives decided
testing the approach to work on themes pertinent to the network for this round of funding.
With remaining funds for this funding period we are calling for project proposals around the following three themes:

  1. The Value of Culture
  2.  Brain Drain in the Arts and Culture Sector
  3.  Art and Culture NGOs

Funding competition: network activities in 2016 (around themes)

The goal of the competition supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung is the strengthening of the network. Cooperation between network members is encouraged through joint projects, the exchange of experience and mobility within the network, as well as the network’s external profile.
The competition for funding consists of two program lines:
1. Network projects

The projects’ goal is to increase the profile of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network and to position it as an expert in international cultural exchange. The choices of genre of art, event format, and venue are flexible. If the specifics of a given project allow, locations associated with cultural mangers or host organizations (current and former) should be considered as possible event locations. Projects should allow for the active participation of the largest possible number of network members from the Robert Bosch Foundation’s different cultural manager programs, while remaining open to other interested parties.

2. Working meetings within the network, regional meetings, workshops, and mobility

Funds are available for business meetings, regional meetings, workshops, and mobility that contribute to professional exchange and/or to continuing education. Business meetings related to exchange and continuing education should be communicated ahead of time within the network in order to ensure the participation of interested network members from various cultural manager programs. Workshops related to continuing education must consist of at least eight participants. Exceptions in individual cases will be decided by a vote of the jury. The participation of members from various cultural manager programs should be sought. A network member is responsible for management and the application process respectively.

Funding of mobility (not related to themes)
Deadline: ongoing, at least 6 weeks prior to the planned mobility
We recommend that all applicants inform network members of their planned projects in order to find partners for the projects’ implementation. MitOst and network representatives will be happy to advise you during the application process! Please find detailed information in the call for applications on this page.
Applications for projects must be turned in by 12/09/2016 to Sarah Herke, MitOst e.V. (herke(at) and cc to netzwerk(at) with the enclosed application form, in German or English.