Independent Performing Arts

The self-perception and collaboration within Berlin’s independent performing arts community is not solely a function of similar aesthetic or content-based perspectives; it is primarily a result of the shared experience of independent, self-driven work.

LAFT — Landesverband Freie Darstellende Künste Berlin

LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin (the Berlin State Association for the Independent Performing Arts) represents the interests and needs of the professional independent performing arts community of Berlin publicly and politically. It creates foundations for solidary forms of networking, promotes the transfer of knowledge and offers services for the community. The LAFT Berlin website and newsletter regularly provide information about cultural policy developments as well as events, calls for applications and funding application deadlines.


There are additional structures dedicated to the useful and empowering combination of genre-specific similarities. These exist beyond the independent performing arts community and are intended for all members of the relevant genre’s community.

BUZZ – German Federal Association od Contemporary Circus

BUZZ, the German Federal Association of Contemporary Circus, is a network and platform for the field of contemporary circus in Germany. The shared website of all Städtepole, or regional divisions, provides a comprehensive pool of information. Regular meetings provide information for all interested parties on a local level.

IG Puppen Berlin

Interessengemeinschaft (IG) der Berliner Puppen- und Figurentheater, the advocacy group for Berlin-based puppet and figure theaters, promotes the networking of the genre on the level of the performance venues, performers, designers, museums and courses of study. It represents their interests publicly and politically while shaping solidary and constructive exchanges.

TanzRaumBerlin Netzwerk

The TanzRaumBerlin Netzwerk brings together Berlin venues, presenters, institutions and artists whose goal is to strengthen the field of dance. The network meets regularly and is an important forum for exchange, discussion and cooperation.

Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e.V. (ZTB)

Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e. V. (ZTB), the Berlin Association for Contemporary Dance, represents the interests of choreographers, dancers, companies and dance institutions in Berlin. It provides information to and advises its members, gives them a public voice and, as the entity behind Tanzbüro works to achieve improvements in the working situation of the field of contemporary dance in Berlin.

Contemporary Music Theater Berlin e.V. (ZMB)

ZMB – Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin, the Berlin Association for Contemporary Music Theater, represents the cultural policy interests of Berlin’s independent music theater community. It promotes the discourse, maintains exchanges with other music theater communities and has presented the festival BAM! Berlin Festival of Contemporary Music Theater since 2018.


In order to network all artists and culture makers, organizations have formed in Berlin that work across all genres to promote shared interests.

Diversity Arts Culture

Diversity Arts Culture is a design and consultation office for diversity development in the cultural sector. Its goal is to improve access to the field of culture for underrepresented groups and to remove existing barriers in order to make exciting art from a variety of perspectives possible.

Coalition of the Independent Arts Community

The Coalition of the Independent Arts is an interdisciplinary advocacy group to sup-port the interests of Berlin’s independent arts community. As an open platform, it bundles and develops ideas for new cultural policies. There are four public plena each year to which all artists and those interested in cultural policy are invited.


KREATIV KULTUR BERLIN is the Berlin advisement center for cultural funding and the creative economy of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH and is made up of four components: Kulturförderpunkt, Kreativwirtschaftsberatung, Creative City Berlin and Crowdfunding Berlin (cultural funding, creative economy advisement, Creative City Berlin and Crowdfunding Berlin).

Berlin Network of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives

The network is a loose alliance of project spaces and initiatives with a self-determined and self-organized working structure that has existed since 2009. The goals of the network include establishing new forms of cooperation and exchange, political articulation and the improvement of the working conditions.

Council for the Arts

The Council for the Arts is an elected independent body consisting of 24 individuals from Berlin’s cultural sector. It provides guidance for current questions and sees itself as a mediator between policy and cultural practice and provides impulses for future-oriented developments.

Other Artistic Fields

There are also interest groups for other artistic fileds in Berlin.

Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen Berlin e.V. (bbk)

bbk represents the interests of visual artists in Berlin publicly and politically. It currently has 2,370 members. It provides artist studios, workshops and educational opportunities for artists via its non-profit subsidiary companies kulturwerk and bildungswerk.

IG Jazz

Interessengemeinschaft (IG) Jazz Berlin, Berlin’s jazz advocacy group, sees itself as the political representation of all working in the fields of jazz and improvised music. It was founded in 2011 and currently has about 250 members.

INM — Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e.V.

inm is the umbrella association for new music within Berlin’s independent arts community and represents their interests publicly and politically. As a funding institution, it is also an important part of Berlin’s cultural landscape. Its marketing campaign, field notes, contributes to the visibility of contemporary music in Berlin.

Music Pool Berlin

Music Pool Berlin is the central point of contact for musicians in Berlin. The advisement and qualification opportunities are intended to help musicians successfully establish themselves in the music industry. Music Pool Berlin is a cooperation project of all2gethernow and Clubcommission.

Berlin Network of the Independent Literature Community (NFLB)

Netzwerk freie Literaturszenen Berlin (NFLB), the Berlin Network of the Independent Literature Community, sees itself as the representative of the interests of the approximately 10,000 Berlin-based writers, translators, organizers of independent literature events, independent publishers and promoters of literature publically and politically.