frequently asked questions
Do you have an office I can visit?
No, we don’t. We work hard to keep operating costs at a minimum, and this means not having an office. Our membership meets regularly though, and there are events where non-members are welcome to join and get to know us.
Who runs the BKK?
All major decisions are made by the members of BKK in our annual membership meeting. The BKK has a Board of 5 members and a Management Team that includes an additional 3 members. All the work is done by volunteers, and the BKK members are fully involved in the organisation and running of our events. To find out more about the Management Team, click here.
Am I eligible for membership?
Anyone can apply to be a member of the BKK, and our goals are directed at helping to develop and promote the Berlin Maker community. A “Maker” is someone who loves the hand-crafting of design-based products, or the restoration of vintage design items. It doesn’t matter if the creative Makers we work with have just started discovering their creative skills or if they are well-known artists, successful creative entrepreneurs or simply a curator of design objects, as long as they live in Berlin or the surrounding area.
How do I know if a membership is right for me?
We’re not just a Kollektiv in name; it’s also the true spirit of how we work. If you’re an independent maker in Berlin who believes in sharing knowledge, working together and in the incredible power of Berlin’s creative community, then this is the place for you!
Can I apply for membership at any time?
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, membership applications are open only twice a year, in the summer and in the winter. Register to find out when applications are next open by clicking here.
What does membership cost?
Regular membership to the BKK costs €78 per year. If you simply share our values and support our ideas, but are not seeking to become an active member, you can choose to become a supportive member. Supportive members can donate any amount starting from €250 per year. Although they are a part of the BKK, supportive members have no voting right.
How long does my membership last?
Your membership is ongoing and doesn’t have an expiry date. Your membership will only end if you choose to cancel it.
I work with one or more other partners. Can we apply for shared membership?
Yes, we accept members who form some kind of corporate entity as one member. Please note, that this membership will benefit from the same member advantages in the same amount as single-person members, regardless of how many people are in your entity (i.e. you will be eligible for one vote in voting issues, and receive one member-priced ticket for ticketed events). Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to discuss how this works.
Where can I find out more about the terms and conditions of being a member?
You can find our complete Articles of Association and Membership Regulations here.
How do I cancel my membership?
If you decide to cancel your membership, you must inform the Board in writing about your wish to terminate your membership and when you would like it to end. Memberships can only be ended at the close of each calendar quarter, and you are required to give at least two months’ notice. Find out more in our Articles of Association here.
Events & Workshops
What language are the workshops held in?
Our workshops are held in either English or German, depending on who is hosting them and who is attending. We try to be as bilingual as possible, and there is always support on hand to help translate anything you might be struggling with.
I’m not a member, can I still attend an event or workshop?
Most of our events are open to both BKK members and non-members. To find out about our upcoming events, click here.
I’m not a member, how can I stay updated on events and workshops?
Simply click here to sign up for our general newsletter and we’ll keep you informed of upcoming events and workshops that you can attend.
Will you help promote my event?
Please feel free to let us know about your creative event. Our social media team has a lot to manage and carefully curates every post, so we cannot guarantee our ability to share all events.
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