Corporate Funding of Arts and Culture in Germany

Presentation of new study by IKMW and the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.

Along with the comprehensive public financing of art and culture, private funding also contributes to maintaining and expanding of the cultural infrastructure in Germany that is exemplary in its quantitity and quality. Enterprises and entrepreneurs stand in a long tradition of philanthropic engagement and are conscious about their societal responsibility while doing so. How is the status quo of the practice of funding, its motives, concepts and strategies in a changing cultural and societal surrounding marked by transformations? Which topics, with cultural sectors are preferred by private funding of art and culture? Which societal requirements or deficits and problems are enterprises answering to?

After its first study on corporate funding of culture more than ten years ago the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. (Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries e. V.) together with the authors Klaus Siebenhaar and Achim Müller from the Institute for Arts and Media Industries Berlin provide answers to these questions. To do so enterprises in Germany from all sectors have once again been surveyed. Along with quantitative and qualitative surveys this second study for the first time includes an analysis of applications to the Deutschen Kulturförderpreis (Art Sponsorship Award). Beyond this another the focus of the analysis lies with overarching recommendations for the future practice of funding arts and culture.

The study has been presented by Dr. Franziska Nentwig, Managing Head Kulturkreis together with Klaus Siebenhaar and Achim Müller, IKMW, in the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin on October 22, 2019.

Frederik Hanssen writes about the study in the Tagesspiegel.

Hans Böhringer gives an insight into it in the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung .

The book can be ordered at B&S Siebenhaar Verlag+Medien among other sources.