FUNDING FOR PROJECTS AND PLATFORMS THAT SUPPORT UP-AND-COMING TALENTS IN BERLIN
+++ Application Deadline in 2020 was April 1, 2020 / Next Deadline for Applications for 2021: November 1, 2020 +++
Please note: The English translation exclusively serves informational purposes; solely the German version is binding.
PURPOSE OF THE FUNDING PROGRAM
The program ‘Karrieresprungbrett 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 pop music, in order to facilitate significant leaps towards a professional, national and international career (e.g. through a series of concerts, workshops, interdisciplinary formats).
With the term ‘pop music‘ Musicboard refers to all genres of popular music as well as cross-genre or experimental pop music that cannot be clearly assigned to the categories of jazz or classical and new music.
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 mandatory, there is no age limit. Berlin must be the main place of residence and work.
Note: The program ‘Karrieresprungbrett Berlin’ is neither aimed at projects in the field of cultural education, nor does it fund individual artists or bands! In the latter case, please check the programs ‘Scholarships & Residencies‘ and ‘Support-Tour Funding‘!
The supported projects should generate an overall benefit for the Berlin pop music scene and music industry, thus the submitted projects should comprise a total scope of at least 5.000 Euro (which does not have to be the requested amount of funding). 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.
The funding decisions are made with an eye to representing the diversity of Berlin’s music scene. Musicboard focuses on promoting women* and PoC in pop culture as well as strengthening the LGBTQI+ scene. In particular, the content of the projects must be based on a 50/50 participation of female* artists (e.g. booking, workshop organisers, participation of artists).
In addition, one focus is on accessibility and inclusion. The aim is to bring people with and without disabilities together in Berlin’s club and concert life. 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. Information on the barrier-free design of events in project funding can be found here (currently in German only).
An overview of the projects funded so far in the program ‚Karrieresprungbrett Berlin‘ can be found here.
Application Submission & Review
Funding in the program ‘Karrieresprungbrett Berlin‘ is awarded through the Musicboard Berlin GmbH upon recommendation of an independent jury of Berlin-based pop experts and in consultation with the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Since 2017 the following jury has been appointed for a three-year term of office:
- Andrea Wünsche, booker Monkeytown Booking
- Anja Caspary, head of music radioeins vom rbb
- Detlef Diederichsen, head of Music and Performing Arts HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)
- Jens Uthoff, journalist, author taz
- Vivian Perkovic, journalist, presenter Deutschlandfunk Kultur and 3sat Kulturzeit
Short information about the jury members can be found here: Short information_jury_Musicboard
The application deadlines for the program ‘Karrieresprungbrett Berlin’ in 2020 are November 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020.
All application documents may be submitted in either German or English.
The following application documents for the program ‘Karrieresprungbrett Berlin’ must be submitted online only:
- Completed Application Form
- Detailed Project Description including program/timetable, short statement on the barrier-free, inclusive and diverse outline of the project as well as information material on the applicants
- Specification of costs indicating the amount of funding requested (Financial plan Template)
Note on Specification of Costs
We would like to recommend the following minimum fees for artists. This recommendation is a guideline, the actual fees paid depend on the degree of professionalization and popularity of the artist as well as the setting of the event:
Bands: 200,00 EUR – 250,00 EUR per musician
Single musicians and duos: 500,00 EUR per musician
Members of the jury or employees of the Senate of Berlin or of Musicboard Berlin GmbH and their dependents may not apply.
Detailed Funding Information
Detailed information on the following points can be found in the Musicboard funding guidelines for funding programs:
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
8. Period of validity
The General Auxiliary Conditions for Project Funding (Allgemeine Nebenbestimmungen für Zuwendungen zur Projektförderung – ANBest-P) can be found here (in German only): Allgemeine_Nebenbestimmungen_ANBest-P.pdf
LINK TO ONLINE FORM
The application period for the year 2020 has ended. The online application for 2021 will be activated in autumn.
We’re happy to answer questions regarding the application for the program ‚Karrieresprungbrett Berlin‘ via email or telephone:
- Consultation by telephone:
Tel: +49 (0)30 280 467 67