We believe that musicians can make the world a better place. Why? Because music touches almost everyone. So why not become a role model for the rest of the world? That's why The Playground Residence:
- compensates the carbon footprint of their roundtrip, of all our residents.
We compensate every kilometer traveled, and the complete stay of our residents by donating money to Trees For All.
- only serves organic food to our residents.
We cater all organic foods, from local supermarkets and farmers. We value our meals together: food is prepared as a group activity among residents. There are fresh ingredients in our kitchen and pantry, every day, for every meal, snacks included.
- is open for new ideas!
We're only at the beginning of something beautiful. Feel free to share you're ideas on this subject with us.
During The Playground Residence you get:
- full board, completely carbon neutral stay, public transport included
- time and space to work on your own music and with peers
- every week two interesting speakers on a non-music related subject
- every week three meetings with industry professionals
- lots of jam sessions / studio sessions (if you want to)
In return, we may ask you to share your The Playground Residence-experience during seminars and meet-ups we organize at several locations, like for example De Basis, Nijmegen (The Netherlands), Clash Learning & Exchange, Berlin (Germany). This way you can actively take part in creating knowledge about informal and non-formal learning in pop music.
Stuff you have to fix yourself:
- trip to the residency location and back home
- you have to bring you own musical instrument
Music Hub Brabant is a unique network of more than 15 professional concert venues and festivals in the Dutch province of North-Brabant, who joined forces to promote and facilitate talented pop musicians
De Basis, a unique permament residency for pop musicians and creative enterpreneurs in the Dutch city of Nijmegen. Provides spacious rehearsal studios, recording studios, office space, creative and technical support. Funded by the community.
Experienced professionals, who have been bringing together lots of musicians, educators from all over the world.
Supporting culture and enterpreneurship in Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Pop in Limburg initiates and organizes loads of pop music development programs in the Dutch province Limburg, as one of The Netherland's biggest pop music organisations they share a lot of experience with The Playground Residence.
Fontys Hogescholen, FHK Research provided Thijs Schrijnemakers with a grant to execute a practise based study during The Playground Residence, with a focus on university alumni working in the popmusic industry.
Poppunt Overijssel initiates and organizes loads of pop music development programs in the Dutch province Overijssel, with a unique connection to cool pop stages such as Metropool, Hedon, Burgerweeshuis and many more.
Via Pop in Limburg.
We're a bunch of music industry enthusiasts, who are always there to help other professionals develop themselves. We have years of experience working for music platforms, universities, and music development programs. We joined forces to create the ultimate residency platform for pop musicians. Starting from The Netherlands, ready to conquer your hearts. We are united in Stichting Playgar (derived from playground (artist) residence or playground artistic research). Besides working together with our partners we mentioned earlier, this is who we are:
Thijs Schrijnemakers: pop musician, teacher and manager of Stichting Playgar. https://nl.linkedin.com/in/thijs-schrijnemakers-31925698
Maike Fleuren: experienced project manager in music and arts, worked voor De Nieuwe Oost, De Basis, De Coöperatie and many more. https://www.firmafleuren.nl/
Dennis Fraters: experienced project manager at Clash! Exchange and Learning in the social and educational domain. https://clash.berlin/nl/wie-zijn-wij/
Sander Ruijters: chairman, educator, musician and annoucer at Pinkpop festival.
Jorien Stravens: member, director of Stichting Popsport.
Virgil Rerimassie: member, scientific staff member at Health Council of the Netherlands and CEG, lecturer at UvA, musician.
We still have one vacant position in our board for a financial professional.
We are currently building our advisory board, with representatives of Poppunt Overijssel, De Basis Nijmegen, Pop in Limburg, Clash! Exchange & Learning and Music Hub Brabant amongst others. Marie Fol and Frank Kimenai are involved as independent advisors.