The Creative Footprint is a non-profit initiative that measures and indexes urban creative space.

As the urban landscape changes, it’s crucial that we protect creative space and artistic freedom through civic engagement.

By coupling a broad set of criteria with expert local insight, The Creative Footprint will develop the world’s first index of creative space and advocate for the value of nurturing vibrant arts scenes.

We begin the project by analyzing music scenes, kicking off with the formidable city of Berlin.

BERLIN

music 2017

Berlin’s top districts

Types of music spaces

(hosting at least 1 music event p/m)
  • Club 40%

  • Discotheque 4%

  • Open Air 4%

  • Theater 6%

  • Music Bar 25%

  • Gallery 6%

  • Event Venue 15%

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Facts

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  • High vibrancy in
    Kreuzberg (106)
    Friedrichshain (74)
    Neukölln (56)
  • Highest scores in
    Treptow (8.54)
    Neukölln (8.23)
    Wedding (8.15)
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  • 500 music venues
  • 89 venues opened in the recent 3 years
  • 2,700 music events per month
  • 53% focus event promotion on artists
  • €2m gov. funding for pop culture
  • 24hr licenses since 1949
  • Access and support via music networks
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  • 22% of venues not open for interdisciplinary art forms
  • 25.2% venues scored less than 5 /10 in Content
  • 46% of artists do not perform original work
  • Strict regulations of events in public space

Space

Space considers the physical creative spaces of the city used for presentations and performances.
  • Length of time open:
0 - 3 years
89 (17.9%)

3 - 10 years
192 (38.7%)

10 - 20 years
127 (25.6%)

more than 20 years
88 (17.7%)
  • Venue size (sqm):
up to 100qm
135 (27.2%)

100-500qm
213 (42.9%)

500-1000qm
80 (16.1%)

1000-3000qm
46  (9.3%)

more than 3000qm
22 (4.4%)
  • Social Media engagement:
High
51 (10.3%)

Medium
86 (17.3%)

Low
314 (63.3%)

No count
45  (9.1%)
  • Venues in high population density areas:
A-Area
137 (27.6%)

B-Area
207 (57.9%)

C-Area
72 (14.5%)
  • Space allows interdisciplinary content:
Very likely
119 (24.0%)

Somewhat likely
142 (28.6%)

Not very likely
123 (24.8%)

Not likely
112 (22.6%)

Content

Content considers the programming of creative spaces in the past 12 months. 
  • Average number of public music events per month?
0 - 1 per month
118 (23.8%)

2 - 4 per month
112 (23.0%)

5 - 10 per month
122 (23.6%)

> 10 per month
142 (28.6%)
  • Promotion focused on artistic content:
Very likely
136 (27.4%)

Somewhat likely
127 (25.6%)

Not very likely
103 (20.8%)

Not likely
130 (26.2%)
  • Local vs. International artists:
Only locals
152 (30.6%)

More locals
153 (30.8%)

Half-half
145 (29.2%)

More International
32  (6.5%)

Only International
9  (1.8%)
  • Artists performs original work:
Very likely
94 (18.9%)

Somewhat likely
169 (30.1%)

Not very likely
107 (21.5%)

Not likely
126 (25.4%)
  • Content considered experimental or mainstream:
Very experimental
87  (17.5%)

Somewhat experimental
155 (31.2%)

Not very experimental
114 (23.0%)

Conditions

Framework Conditions relates to the operational situation and policies of the cities. 
  • Number of spaces per resident
1 venue per 7000 residents
  • Opportunities for 24hr licences
Not strict
  • Opportunity to receive licence
Somewhat strict
  • Funding opportunities for temp. spaces:
Somewhat likely
  • Access to authorities or politicians via music networks?
Very likely

EDITORIAL

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Sage Club's Sascha Disselkamp on Claiming Free Space

Owner of Sage Club's Sascha Disselkamp on founding the Clubcommission and how Berlin became the unique clubbing capital it is today.

Tresor's Dimitri Hegemann Talks About the Future of Berlin Clubbing

One of the true legends of electronic music sat down with the Creative Footprint in his club Kraftwerk/Tresor to discuss the framework conditions of the world's most formidable music scene.

Jonny Knüpple on their Role in Berlin Clubbing

Jonny Knüpple is one of Berlin's most exciting and interesting new clubs. We spoke to collective member Jakob Turtur about the future of Berlin clubbing, and the role that Jonny Knüpple plays in that.

Gretchen's Owners Detail Their Fight for Survival

Pamela Schobeß & Lars Döring of Gretchen detail their club's fight for survival, and why creativity is so valuable to Berliners.

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