Career springboard


+++ The deadlines for application for the program ‘Career springboard Berlin’ in 2017 have passed. The deadlines for next year will probably be February 1 and June 1, 2018. +++

ACHTUNG: Die Englische Übersetzung dient ausschließlich zu Informationszwecken; bindend ist allein die deutsche Fassung. The English translation exclusively serves informational purposes; solely the German version is binding.

Announcement: A newly appointed jury will already decide over the submitted applications for the funding program ‘Career springboard Berlin’ – deadline June 1, 2017. The members of the jury are all experts of the Berlin music scene: Andrea Wünsche – founder and head of Magnet Musik, Anja Caspary – music director radioeins of rbb, Detlef Diederichsen – head of music and performing arts HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Jens Uthoff – journalist, author taz, Vivian Perkovic – journalist, moderator Deutschlandfunk Kultur and 3sat Kulturzeit. The jury is appointed for a three year period.

Short information about the jury members can be found here: Short_information_jury_Musicboard_2017_EN

The Musicboard Berlin GmbH champions and invests in the Berlin pop music scene to enrich and strenghten its cultural and economic appeal, both nationally and internationally. By ‘pop music’, the Musicboard Berlin GmbH summarizes all genres and sub genres of popular music. The Musicboard Berlin GmbH funds by supporting innovative ideas based on realistic concepts, and by investing in projects with beneficial effects for the pop music scene and economy. There are no defined topics rather common purposes the funding authority and funding recipient try to achieve together. With the Call for Concepts the Musicboard Berlin GmbH encourages professionals of the Berlin pop music scene, to apply their experience and test new and innovative approaches.

The program ‘Career springboard Berlin’ is intended to fund projects and platforms that support up-and-coming talents in the music industry and musicians, ranging from all genres and sub genres of popular music, in order to facilitate significant leaps towards a professional, national and international career. (e.g. a series of concerts, workshops, interdisciplinary formats). Note: the program ‘Career springboard Berlin’ does not fund individual artists or bands! In this case, please check the program ‘Scholarships & residencies’ and ‘support funding’!

+++ In 2017, the Musicboard will especially focus on the support of female artists in pop culture. When setting up your project, ensure a participation of women by 50% (e.g. “50/50” booking, work shop leader, participating artists, etc.) . +++

Overview of the funded projects in the first half 2017: Project_overview_Career_springboard_first_half_2017 – ENGL

Overview of the funded projects in the second half 2017: Project_overview_Career_springboard_second_half_2017 – ENGL.pdf

Note: Up-and-coming talents are professionals of the music industry that have been only active for a couple of years in the position their seeking funding for. Up-and-coming artists are musicians that have already made their first steps towards a professional career (e.g. first major concert/performance, first solo album), but need further support to establish their career, nationally and internationally. A certain degree of professionalization is mantatory, there is no age limit. Berlin must be the main place of residence and work.

The supported projects should generate an overall benefit for the pop music scene and music industry, thus the submitted projects should comprise a total scope of 10,000 Euro (which does not have to be the requested amount of funding). Projects for  up-and-coming professionals, cooperations in Berlin and projects with self-participation are given preference in the selection. It is recommended to apply with a cooperation partner/partners. The implementation of the proposed project cannot commence before the notification of the funding decision and must be scheduled for and concluded within the specific year of funding.

You will find detailed information on the following topics in the Musicboard funding guidelines for funding programs 2017 (see download pdf below):

  1. Funding objectives and legal basis
  2. Object of Funding
  3. Funding recipient
  4. Prerequisites for funding
  5. Type, scope and rates of funding, e.g. budget plan
  6. Other terms and conditions
  7. Procedure
  8. Period of validity

Please do not hestitate to contact Melike Öztürk via e-mail, if there are any problems or questions regarding the online application:

Funding guidelines, information & documents ‘Career springboard Berlin’ 2017, link to the online application, office hours for telephone inquiries