Allocation of Funding: 1st Funding Round 2022

Musicboard is pleased to support 34 innovative and diverse projects with a total volume of 621,550.00 euro in the Festival Funding programme as well as the first funding round of Karrieresprungbrett Berlin and Pop im Kiez in 2022. In addition, Musicboard, together with the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, has again decided to support the management of Rockhaus Berlin as well as to co-finance the projects Music Pool Berlin and the Clubcommission‘s counselling services as well as their club culture initiatives.

A total of 96 applications have been submitted. In making its selection, the jury once again placed great importance to projects that reflect the social and cultural diversity of Berlin’s music scene. In particular, applications were considered that are dedicated to the promotion of women, non-binary, queer people and BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of colour) as well as those that focus on accessibility and inclusion. It is in the interest of Musicboard to support projects that perform important work in the area of promoting young talent in Berlin and enrich the scene with innovative ideas. Musicboard promotes projects that reflect the diversity of the city, but would not be feasible without financial support.

»It takes a lot of energy to develop new ideas, to apply for funding, which unfortunately will never be enough for everyone. After almost two years of pandemic, this is more true than ever,« the jury concludes. »But be sure,« the jury continues, »the events and projects you will realise are the bright moments we all so need so badly.«

The projects were recommended for funding by an independent jury responsible for the programmes Festival Funding, Karrieresprungbrett Berlin and Pop im Kiez since 2021. The jury consists of the Berlin pop experts Christoph Reimann (radio journalist Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and ByteFM), Dahlia Borsche (musicologist and curator), Esra Karakaya (journalist and video producer), Gregor Hotz (managing director of Musikfonds e.V.), as well as Judyta Smykowski (journalist Die Neue Norm and taz).



For the programme Karrieresprungbrett Berlin 26 applications were submitted. The total volume of all applications amounted to 595,760.75 euros, with 159,600.00 euros being awarded to ten projects.

Applicant / InstitutionProject TitleFunding
Ran Huber / amSTARTBERLINTOUCH 202221.000,00 €
Ivy Rossiter / Éclat Crew BerlinÉclat Crew Berlin10.000,00 €
Anton KatsGrounded Outer Space People14.000,00 €
Sandra Grether / Bohemian Strawberry GbRIch Brauche Eine Genie – Popkultur, Feminismus, Spaß und so15.000,00 €
Katinka Deuster / Killekill UG Ick Mach Welle30.000,00 €
 Karolina Bartczak INCIDENT10.000,00 € 
Olaf Kretschmar / Berlin Music Commission eGmusicBwomen*15.000,00 €
Antonella Friese / Lehner & Friese GbRSELECTED 202211.600,00 €
Stephanie von BeauvaisShoot it yourself15.000,00 €
Pamela Schobeß / Good Day Berlin Kultur und Veranstaltungen GmbHSpotlight18.000,00 €



For the programme Pop im Kiez 24 applications were submitted.  The total volume of all applications amounted to 419,181.00 euros, with 104,000.00 euros being awarded to seven projects.

Applicant / InstitutionProject TitleFunding
Michael Riemel8. Veteranenstrassenfest10.000,00 €
Mariane Daniele MichelCult'Sup' Culture Supply21.000,00 €
Volker Rueß / Kulturelle Arbeitsgemeinschaft Oberschöneweide e. V.KAOS Konzerte19.000,00 €
Andre LessnerKommst du mit in den Alltag?8.500,00 €
Marcus Weiser / Palais WittgensteinKultur am Dorfplatz 2: Rewind12.000,00 €
Dietmar Maria Hegemann / Happy Locals gGmbHKultur.Tanken15.000,00 €
Jana Sotzko / ausland / projekt archiv e.V.pop im ausland (PIA)18.500,00 €



For the programme Festival Funding 46 applications were submitted.  The total volume of all applications amounted to 1,353,022.61 euros, with 357,950.00 euros being awarded to 17 projects.

Applicant / InstitutionProject TitleFunding
Avia Shoshani15 Minutes Of Femme / LIVE30.000,00 €
Muhammad Jabali / Al-Berlin GbRAL.Festival.202225.000,00 €
Aziz Sarr / Freak de l'Afrique UGAYO City Festival35.000,00 €
Eilis FrawleyBang On Fest 202218.000,00 €
Stephan Wittrin / Quest Agency / Henschen & Wittrin GbRBassquake Weekender18.800,00 €
Dora Oyèmi HessouDECOLONOIZE FEST 202222.150,00 €
Marie WestphalGRRRL-NOISY goes Festival: THEY SAID GRRRL, Make Some Noise!10.000,00 €
Melissa Kolukisagilİç İçe – Festival für neue anatolische Musik20.000,00 €
Khaled Asskar / La6izi CommunitaJunoon Festival Berlin12.500,00 €
Nico Deuster / Killekill UGKrake Festival 202225.000,00 €
Rachel Tashman / YEOJA MagLunar New Year Festival 202225.000,00 €
Talía Vega LeonRadical Sounds Latin America25.000,00 €
Merve Namlı (de Grave)Rebetiko Underground Sound of Forced Migration13.500,00 €
George Patrick / Refuge WorldwideRegenerate Festival 202215.000,00 €
Seyedbehrooz MoosavidogaheTehran Contemporary Sounds Festival 202230.000,00 €
Orsi Balog / konventThe Hoelogram Festival18.000,00 €
Emrah Karaca / Queerberg BerlinWhoriental15.000,00 €



In addition to the projects recommended by the jury, Musicboard will fund the following projects and institutions in 2022:

Applicant / InstitutionProject TitleFunding Note
all2gethernow e. V.Music Pool Berlin97.805,00 €Co-financing European Social Fund (ESF)
Clubcommission Berlin e. V.Counselling Services for Berlin's Club Scene47.000,00 €Co-financing European Social Fund (ESF)
Clubcommission Berlin e. V.Club Culture Funding 2022125.000,00 €
GSE gGmbHManagement Rockhaus158.060,00 €


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PM: Allocation of Funding – 1st Funding Round 2022

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