Meet the NICA artists 2022!

Boost for the independent music scene: NICA artist development – based at the European Centre for Jazz and Contemporary Music Stadtgarten Köln – starts 3rd funding round in September with five new artists and a new management team.

NICA artist development offers outstanding musicians from North Rhine-Westphalia working in the field of jazz and contemporary music a platform for artistic profiling and professionalization of their careers. The funding is initially granted for one year and can be extended to a maximum of three years. The programme is funded by Ministry of Culture and Science of the state North Rhine-Westphalia. After being nominated by organizers, music journalists and other cultural entrepreneurs, different musicians were selected by a jury of experts. NICA artist development's special features are the funding period of up to three years and the individual adaptability of the funding program to the needs of the individual NICA artist for his or her establishment as an artistic personality. And NICA is developing! Together with the NICA artists of the 1st and 2nd funding year, a lot was explored, discussed and brought into form or das been discharged. The process of the still young funding program allows for a novelty in 2022: For the first time, a curator will become a NICA artist.
Since spring this year a new management team for NICA artist development has been formed: Esther Weickel (head of project) and Ella O'Brien-Coker (project coordinator) have taken over the program from Kornelia Vossebein, who is now the artistic director of Stadtgarten Köln.

Further information the NICA artists and the program itself can be found on the website