As an artist or artistic director, you are aware of the importance of creativity and know-how. In order to allow you to realise your artistic work in the best possible way, I propose tailor-made solutions for all management aspects of your project.

My consultancy is based on a broad knowledge in management and finances, many years of practical experience in the international arts sector and a profound understanding of production processes of artistic projects. Through my experience as managing director of several international festivals, I have a large European network and knowledge of national and international funding structures and grant-regulations.

I am pleased to offer this experience and knowledge to facilitate exciting artistic projects.

News

In May, Chris Dercon and Marietta Piekenbrock will present the program of the first season of the new Volksbühne. I worked as an advisor for financial questions for the preparation team and could follow the debates about what is probably the most controversial change in the last years in German theatre from a privileged position. I am curious to see soon the artistic results!

Since March this year, I am following a training as a Systemic Organisational Consultant at Artop – Institute of the Humboldt University in Berlin (more information in German here). During the first modules, we have seen the basics of systemic consultancy and the different levels of consultancy and  experienced groups. Until the end of the year, we will learn how to move groups, how to moderate and organize workshops and how organisations work. First conclusion: exhausting, but really inspiring!

The EU programme Culture 2007 will soon be finished and replaced by the programme Creative Europe in the next months. The call for applications for the cooperation with strand 3rd countries is the last chance for introducing a project. Projects should have at least three partners in Europe and at least one partner in Canada or Australia. The maximum amount of support is fixed at 200,000 €, applications must be introduced for May 8th. If you need support for you application, feel free to contact me. More information here.

The ALF supports international cooperation projects which include at least one partner from the northern part and one partner form the southern part of the Mediterranean. The maximum amount of the grant is fixed at 30,000 € and 80% of the project costs, applications must be introduced by April 15th. More information here.

As in recent years, the ECF will support international cooperation projects. The project coordinator must be a cultural institution from Europe (not especially from an EU-state) and there must be at least one second project partner. For the first time, ECF demands cooperation with a partner from another field like social field, academics, science, development. Projects must be introduced by March 25th. More information here.

The EU has recently published the results for the call of proposal 2012 for cooperation projects of Culture 2007. In total, 114 projects will be suported. You can find the list of projects as well as some statistics about this call for projects here. The results for multiannual projects are expeted before end of March.

The Brussels based kunstenfestivaldesarts will open the European festival summer in May (3rd to 25th). The festival presents more than 30 productions, including some well-known names like Heiner Goebbels and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, but also many new names. The festival is consider being one of the most important places to make artistic discoveries – and by the way, it is a great opportunity to discover the Belgian capital beyond all European clichés. The complete program of edition 2013 can be found here.

The Festival d’Avigon is not only an excellent opportunity to combine theatre and holidays in the South of France, it has, in recent years, become again an important reference in the international scene. The two directors, Vincent Baudriller and Hortense Archaumbault, have consequently renewed and opend the festival. For the last year of their mandate, they present around 30 productions, many of them new creations. The entire program can be found here.

End of August, the first season of the new director Georg Weinand was launched at Dampfzentrale Bern with, amongst others, Enfant from Boris Charmatz and the Belgian duo Vive la Fête. The Swiss press was enthousistic about the openings weekend and the plans of the new director. The program can be read here.

The first exhibition of Meeting Points 7 will be opend on the 20th of September in Zagreb. The project is managed by the Brussels Young Arab Theatre Fund and curated by the collectif WHW. After Zagreb, the exhibition will be presented in Antwerp (October 2013 – February 2014) as well as Beirut, Hong-Kong, Moscow, Vienna and Cairo (all in 2014). More information here.

The draft of the budget 2014-2015 of the city of Berlin has created huge frustration among the artists of the independant scene of the city. The amount of support for houses, companies and projects shall stay unchanged at 10 Mio €. Representative of the scene created a facebook-group to streamline the movement – you can access to the group here.

Expertise

As regards the financing of cultural projects, my consultancy is focussed on grant-applications to the European Union and international foundations. It includes conceiving projects, writing applications, researching international cooperation partners as well as the administrative and financial follow-up of awarded projects.

The focus of my consultancy for directors of cultural organisations is set on developing, improving and implementing management instruments and on supporting in case of reorientation and change of directorship: Developing mid- and long-term strategies, implementing financial and controlling instruments, improving working structures and procedures, personnel management and leadership abilities. Consultancy can be offered either on a short-term basis or for a longer period, i.e. as interim-manager within the organisation.

The focus of my consultancy for developing new projects is set on cohesion between artistic content, organisation and management. I advise you in defining the project aims, developing and implementing working structures and procedures, on budgeting and identifying sources of funding, as well as on the recruitment and training of collaborators and all other managing aspects of your project – either on a short-term basis or for the entire duration of the project.

Examples

In 2013, I initiated a network of independent theatre companies called „The Artists’ Network“ for which an application for a five-year-grant was submitted to the European Union. The project aimed to support the international work of seven European companies and the development of a network of companies that work on an international level in order to stimulate know-how and best practices.

The application was introduced by the Antwerp-based company Berlin, partners were Vivarium Studio – Philippe Quesne (Paris), ancompany&Co. (Berlin), Institutet (Malmö), Béla Pintér and Company (Budapest) and MundoPerfeito (Lissabon). Unfortunately, the application at the EU was not successful.

During my work as managing director of kunstenfestivaldesarts, I initiated the project nxtstp that received a five-year grant from the Culture-2007-programme of the European Union. The project consists of a network of European festivals for the co-production and presentation of new artistic works from a new generation of artists. Members of the network are steirischerherbst from Austria, Alkantara from Lisbon, Helsinki Festival, RotterdamseSchouwburg, Baltoscandal and the Théâtre National from Bordeaux.

I developed the concept of the project, wrote and submitted the application and coordinated the implementation of the project during the first three years. In the meantime, nxtstp was awarded for a new period of five years by the European Union.

Dampfzentrale Bern presents contemporary music, dance and theatre performances from Swiss and international artists. The venue is also an active co-producer of new artistic works and organiser of the annual festival Tanz in Bern.

In the frame of a new directorship I advised the new director on different aspects of the management of the house, including financial management, working structures, personnel management and definition of strategic guidelines. I also implemented a controlling system and several working tools for the team-members and advised on the restructuring the administration of the organisation.

One of the most important stage directors from South Africa, Brett Bailey, realised a new interpretation of Verdi’s opera Macbeth. Set in Central Africa within the context of roving rebel armies, foreign mercenaries, horrific brutality and the plundering of natural resources by multinationals, this work is an anarchic deconstruction of the original opera.

I prepared an application for the strand 3rd countries of the European Union for the production and the presentation of this new work. The EU selected this project together with seven others. The application was submitted by the festival Theaterformen in Hanover/Germany; co-organisers of the project are Wiener Festwochen in Vienna/Austria, KVS in Brussels/Belgium, Barbican in London/UK and Ferme du Buisson associated with Festival d’Automne in Paris/France. The piece was premiered in May 2014 and is presented worldwide since then.

The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) is an active network bringing together many of the major concert halls in Europe in order to promote professional exchange, shared reflection and the initiation of joint initiatives.The network is co-financed by the European Union.

I developed and implemented for ECHO a tailor-made financial reporting system which allows the different partners of the EU-project an accurate and easy registration of their expenditures and a real-time comparison between the budget and the actual costs. Also, the system simplifies the financial reporting of the project coordinator to the European Union.

The city of Guangju in the south-western part of South Korea has developed one of the most important cultural projects in Asia, including the Asian Arts Theatre as a contemporary presentation and production house. The theatre opened its doors in September 2015.

Together with Frie Leysen, Max-Philip Aschenbrenner and Kim Seong-Hee, I developed a masterplan for the performing arts programme as part of the cultural centre. The plan included strategic guidelines, suggestions on positioning the theatre in a national and international context, a detailed budget for the initial years and a time schedule. Also, I advised the director of AAT and her team in management questions until the opening of the theatre.

Together with two database-specialists, I developed a project-management application for the Berlin theatre HAU – Hebbel am Ufer. Since beginning of 2015, the application supports the team of HAU in the preparation and realisation of all projects. The application is based on FileMaker 13 and covers all aspects of cultural projects: Information management, budgeting and scheduling.

We are currently developing the application for other cultural institutions.

I accompanied Bettina Masuch and the team of tanzhaus nrw as an external adviser for several months. We prepared a report on the current state and the future evolution of the house and operated some changes in the structure of the organisation and the working process.

Together with Madeline Ritter, I conceived and formulated the successful application Dance On, Pass On, Dream On as a larger scale cooperation project in the frame of the Creative Europe program. Today and until the end of the project in 2018, I am in charge of the financial management of the project and contact for all financial questions for the partners of the project.

Since August 2017, Chris Dercon is the new director of Volksbühne Berlin. I advised the preparation team during the last two years in human resources planning, financing, strategic planning.

Testimonials

„I strongly recommend Roger Christmann for supervision, monitoring and advice in arts management. The entire conception and implementation of the festival Theater der Welt 2010 has been realised on the highest level of professionalism. Based on his financial and organisational knowledge and his understanding of the artistic needs of the project, Roger Christmann proved himself to be the perfect mediator between the economic and the artistic worlds.“

„Roger Christmann has assumed the responsibility of managing director of Theater der Welt 2010 with both economic knowledge and artistic understanding, combined with diplomatic skills. The cooperation with Mr. Christmann in the Board of Directors was excellent. I strongly recommend Roger Christmann as an outstanding arts manager.“

„Roger Christmann is the perfect companion for artistic directors, houses and projects. With a big heart for the arts, the artists and their works. And at the same time with a permanent overview of the financial situation and a rigorous financial planning. Moreover, he is a perfect organizer, and a wonderful creator of administrative tools that make budgets and accounts transparent and workable for the whole team. I had the pleasure to work with him at kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and at Theater der Welt in Essen and Mülheim. And I miss him now every day.”„Roger Christmann is the perfect companion for artistic directors, houses and projects. With a big heart for the arts, the artists and their works.And at the same time with a permanent overview of the financial situation and a rigorous fiscal planning. Moreover, he is a perfect organiser, and a wonderful creator of administrative tools that make budgets and accounts transparent and workable for the whole team. I had the pleasure to work with him at kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and at Theater der Welt in Essen and Mülheim. And I miss him now every day.”

“Roger Christmann was an incredibly valuable support in the financial management of our EU funded project. Roger prepared an activity-based financial overview and developed tools to facilitate the financial reporting of all partners. These tools allowed us to have a clear, reliable and real-time overview of the financial situation of what was a largescale and complex project. Roger’s broad sector experience, efficiency and proactive character make him a real pleasure to work with.”“Roger Christmann was an incredibly valuable support in the financial management of our EU funded project. Roger prepared an activity-based financial overview and developed tools to facilitate the financial reporting of all partners. These tools allowed us to have a clear, reliable and real-time overview of the financial situation of what was a largescale and complex project. Roger’s broad sector experience, efficiency and proactive character make him a real pleasure to work with.”

“The support of Roger in the preparation of the opening of the AAT was extremely valuable for me and my collaborators. His in-depth know-how stretching from structure building, financial management, processes of contracting and even marketing and communication were most helpful, especially for a newly established organization like AAT.  Also, his input was not limited to practical advises but also psychological support that meant a lot to me and my team. It was a very enjoyable and fruitful working relationship with Roger.”“The support of Roger in the preparation of the opening of the AAT was extremely valuable for me and my collaborators. His in-depth know-how stretching from structure building, financial management, processes of contracting and even marketing and communication were most helpful, especially for a newly established organization like AAT.  Also, his input was not limited to practical advises but also psychological support that meant a lot to me and my team. It was a very enjoyable and fruitful working relationship with Roger.”

Biography

Roger Business

1993: Masters in Finance and Economics at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Liège
1993–1998: Credit analyst and coordinator of a credit unit at Générale de Banque (today BNP Paribas)
1998–2001: Collaborator for Brussels, European Cultural Capital 2000, first as assistant to the General Manager, later as coordinator of finances, administration and HR
2001–2008: Administrator of kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, development and implementation of NXTSTP as part of the EU Culture Programme
2008–2010: Managing director of the German festival Theater der Welt 2010 in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Essen.
2011: Managing director of Radialsystem V in Berlin.
Since 2012: Independent Consultant

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