Allocation of Funding: Project Funding – 1. Funding Round 2024

In the first funding round for 2024, Musicboard Berlin is supporting 32 projects with a total volume of 500,076.60 euros. Funding is awarded to projects within the funding programmes Karrieresprungbrett Berlin, Pop im Kiez, and Festival Funding, which are characterised by innovative, diverse and relevant concepts. With a total volume of 465,063.00 euros, Musicboard additionally co-funds ERDF and ESF funding for Music Pool Berlin and Clubcommission, and supports Rockhaus Berlin.

In the first funding round for 2024, 131 applications with a total volume of 2,864,530.06 euros were submitted to Musicboard Berlin in the funding programmes Karrieresprungbrett Berlin, Pop im Kiez, and Festival Funding. The jury recommended 32 projects with a total volume of 500,076.60 euros for funding.

Once again, the jury placed great importance on projects that reflect the social and cultural diversity of Berlin’s music scene. In particular, projects that enrich the scene with innovative ideas and perform important development work in the area of promoting young talent in Berlin are supported. In line with the Musicboard’s funding guidelines, special consideration is also given to projects that promote women, non-binary and queer people, BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and people with disabilities in pop culture, and focus on aspects of accessibility and inclusion.

Funding is awarded awarded through Musicboard Berlin GmbH upon recommendation of an independent jury of Berlin-based pop experts. In 2024, the jury for the project funding consists of Christoph Reimann (radio journalist Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and ByteFM), Edna Martinez (DJ, curator for music & sonic practices at Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Melissa Kolukisagil (curator and producer, founder of İç İçe – Festival for New Anatolian Music), Ulrich Hartmann (musician and performer, project manager at the inclusive music project luftsprung live), and Wieland Krämer (musician, co-founder of Powerline Agency and Flirt99 Musikverlag).

The jury comments on its funding decision: »As jury members, it is important to us to empower culture, listen to critical voices and promote discourse. The aim is to further foster the development of recent years towards a more diverse and respectful cultural landscape. The last few days and weeks have highlighted how important it is to engage in conversations instead of shutting them down, to promote discussion instead of exclusion. Your events create space for exchange, present new perspectives and are a true enrichment for Berlin’s music scene.«


Karrieresprungbrett Berlin funds projects and platforms – from concert and club series, workshops and talks to interdisciplinary formats – that support up-and-coming artists and other newcomers from the pop music business and help boost their careers on a national or international level. For this programme 50 applications were submitted. The total volume of all applications amounted to 933,512.61 euros, with 127,984.50 euros being awarded to 10 projects.

ApplicantProject titleFunding
Killekill UG (haftungsbeschränkt)Ick Mach Welle – Ausbau 225,000.00 €
SUBVERTEDElectronic Music Production Workshop Program. Ableton Live and Modular Synth Courses for Queers and BIPOC.20,000.00 €
Stephanie von BeauvaisMusikvideo-Workshop Shoot it Yourself16,830.00 €
Bohemian Strawberry RecordsIch Brauche Eine Genie – Popkultur, Feminismus, Spaß und so15,000.00 €
RafikiRafiki Day Jams12,000.00 €
Ilgaz YalcinogluKudur12,000.00 €
Femme Bass MafiaFemme Bass Mafia10,218.00 €
Polyphase Berlin e.UPolyphase6,543.50 €
Polina Tikk-GrunertSingen30005,458.00 €
SLIC UnitDj-Workshop by SLIC Unit4,935.00 €


The programme Pop im Kiez funds projects – whether pilots, campaigns or a series of initiatives – that increase the acceptance of live music in the pop music domain within a particular neighbourhood in Berlin. It’s a response to the current displacement of subcultural spaces in Berlin and intends to support musicians and their networks that are based in a particular neighbourhood scene. For Pop im Kiez 29 applications were submitted. The total volume of all applications amounted to 574,966.73 euros, with 70,000.00 euros being awarded to 6 projects.

ApplicantProject titleFunding
ausland/projekt archiv e.V.pop im ausland 202415,000.00 €
Ariel William OrahEmpathonic – Exploring the Serenade of Empathy through Sonic interventions15,000.00 €
MIKEA 5+ Agentur für Kultur und Medien10. Veteranenstrassenfest 2412,000.00 €
Marcus WeiserJugendwiderstandsmuseum Galiläa-Kirche: reSTART10,000.00 €
raumlabor kunstprojekte – Bader Gerstenberg Hofmann GbRChorfestival am Allesandersplatz10,000.00 €
The Palace Collective e.V.Das Zwischen: Between Dream and Demolition – A Forum on Temporary Music Spaces in Berlin8,000.00 €


The programme Festival Funding supports Berlin pop music festivals 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. For Festival Funding 52 applications were submitted. The total volume of all applications amounted to 1,356,050.72 euros, with 302,092.10 euros being awarded to 16 projects.

ApplicantProject titleFunding
Radical Sounds Latin AmericaRadical Sounds Latin America35,000.00 €
Sam EyvazziaeiFuture East30,000.00 €
The Poetry Meets Series ProductionsDecade of Stanzas – Poetry Meets X Fest30,000.00 €
Killekill UG (haftungsbeschränkt)Krake Festival 202425,000.00 €
AL-Berlin GbRAL.FESTIVAL.202421,000.00 €
AN(8)XRooster Bowl20,000.00 €
buero doering – Fachhandel für Ereignisse GmbHSaigon Soul Weekender20,000.00 €
QueerbergWHORIENTAL20,000.00 €
Sahra PartySahra-versary18,000.00 €
amSTARtDown by the River Festival #1317,000.00 €
Eugenia SeriakovSound System Culture: As it Sounds16,527.10 €
Pan Kollektiv e.V.KULTUR&STRASSE 202416,000.00 €
Critical Queer SolidarityADIRA Drag Festival – The First-ever Arab* Drag Festival12,170.00 €
Kara DelikKara Delik & Dostlar11,400.00 €
Handiclapped-Kultur Barrierefrei e.V.Abschlussfestival Netzwerk inklusive Livemusik, Berlin5,000.00 €
AHOI artists & eventsFestliche Frauenversammlung mit Fete #34,995.00 €


In addition to the projects recommended by the jury, Musicboard funds Rockhaus Berlin, Music Pool Berlin and the Clubcomission. Music Pool and Clubcommission are funded by the European Union (ESF/European Social Funds and ERDF/European Regional Development Fund) and co-funded by Musicboard.

ApplicantProject titleFunding
Gesellschaft für StadtEntwicklung gemeinnützige GmbH – Treuhänder BerlinsROCKHAUS BERLIN158,063.00 €
all2gethernow e.VMusic Pool Berlin135,000.00 €ERDF and ESF co-funding
Netzwerk der Berliner Clubkultur e.V.
Clubkulturförderung172,000.00 €ERDF co-funding

Funded Projects