Berlin nightclubs to receive soundproofing subsidisation
Berlin nightclubs are reigning in the noise.
Nightlife in Berlin is revered amongst partygoers the world over, with clubs in the bustling city considered the cream of the crop.
Naturally this is a major boost for tourism, bringing in thousands of visitors on the regular, but it’s not all roses as venue noise leakage is an infamous issue that may have just found a remedy.
On November 29, a noise reduction initiative was formally implemented. This means that clubs unable to afford necessary soundproofing to prevent noise leakage that has been the bane of neighbours’ existence can now apply for state-funded soundproofing via the Berlin Club Commission.
This initiative of creating a safe soundscape is modelled after an existing program in Hamburg- another location where club culture is paramount to the city’s structure.
The bells and whistles
How it works is that Berlin clubs that have operated for over two years will be required to partake in a two-part application process.
Nightclub owners seeking state-supplied subsidisation can find the preliminary application documents online.
An independent jury will begin meeting in February 2019 to determine which establishments are suitable in receiving the very generous grant.
The public grants can give up to 50 000 Euros to each regular applicant, with “projects of extraordinary importance” given the possibility of an additional 100 000 Euros financial backing.
Nightclubs chosen for the financial grants are expected to contribute between 10 and 20 percent of the total costs for soundproofing.
The only catch is that venues unable to remain open for a two-year-period following soundproofing must return the money granted to them, which is a bit of a stressor.
Either way, the subsidisation of soundproofing for Berlin nightclubs is a great initiative.