Festival funding

PROGRAM ‘FESTIVAL FUNDING’ 2018

+++ The deadline for application for the program ‘Festival funding’ 2018 will be February 1. +++

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 already decided over the submitted applications for the funding programs ‘Career springboard Berlin’ and ‘Pop in the hodd’ with the deadline June 1, 2017. In 2018 the jury will also decide over the submitted applications in the funding program ‘Festival funding’. 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 ‘Festival funding’ supports music festivals of all genres of popular music with the aim to generate perspectives for action and planning. Particular focus is on festivals involving up-and-coming talents in music and the music industry.

In 2018, our focus will continue to be on promoting women in pop culture and strengthening the LGBT and POC scene. The content of the projects must be based on a 50/50 participation of artists (e.g. booking, workshop organisers, participation of artists). In addition, a further focus will be placed on the themes of accessibility and inclusion. Applicants are requested to design at least half of the event (or the main venue / main stage of the event) completely barrier-free. Extra material and personnel costs may be applied for (but no investment costs). We further welcome the inclusion of people with disabilities into the line-ups. Applicants are also encouraged to develop projects which deal creatively with the topic of inclusion.

The aim is to bring people with and without disabilities together in Berlin’s club and concert life.

Overview of the funded projects 2017: Project_overview_Festival_funding_2017 – ENGL.pdf

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 euros (which doesn’t have to be the requested amount of funding). Projects for the up-and-coming professionals, cooperations in Berlin and projects with self-participation are given preference in the selection. 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 (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. financial plan
  6. Other terms and conditions
  7. Procedure
  8. Period of validity

If there are any problems or questions regarding the online application, please do not hesitate to contact Melike Öztürk via e-mail: melike.oeztuerk@musicboard.berlin.de

Funding guidelines, information & documents ‘Festival funding’ 2018, link to the online application, office hours for telephone inquiries: