Festival funding

+++ The next deadline for applications for the program ‘Festival funding’ for 2021 will be November 1, 2020 +++

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

+++ Starting next year, the application deadlines will change. In order to be able to support projects that will be realized in the months January to March, the first application deadline of the year for the funding programs ‘Festivalförderung’, ‘Karrieresprungbrett Berlin’ and ‘Pop im Kiez’ will be brought forward from February 1st, 2020 to November 1st, 2019 +++

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 2019, our focus will continue to be on promoting women in pop culture and strengthening the LGBTQI+ 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, the focus will continue to be on 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.

An independent jury decides over the submitted applications for 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_EN.pdf

Overview of the funded projects 2018: Project_overview_Festival_funding_2018_EN.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.

+++ Attention +++
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

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’, link to the online application, office hours for telephone inquiries: