Festival Funding


+++ Next Deadline for Applications for 2021: November 1, 2020 +++

Please note: The English translation exclusively serves informational purposes; solely the German version is binding.



The program ‘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.

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.



Project Scope
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.

Funding Priorities
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).

Funded Projects
An overview of the projects funded so far in the program ‘Festival Funding’ can be found here.



Application Submission & Review
Funding in the program ‘Festival Funding’ 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

Application Deadlines
The application deadline for the program ‘Festival Funding’ in 2021 is November 1, 2020.

Application Language
All application documents may be submitted in either German or English.

Application Documents
The following application documents for the program ‘Festival Funding’ 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
7. Procedure
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



The online application for 2021 will be activated in autumn 2020.



We’re happy to answer questions regarding the application for the program ‘Festival Funding’ via email or telephone:

  • Consultation by telephone:
    Tel: +49 (0)30 280 467 67