Musician & Band Coaching

Next Application Deadline 1.3.2023 – 6 p.m.

Maureen Noe
T +49 (0)30 288 787 88

1 Overview

Musicboard’s Musician & Band Coaching offers nine selected scholarship recipients the opportunity to receive an inidividual coaching that is designed to support them in pursuing their funded project. The subject of each coaching session is tailored to the needs and goals of the musicians. Each coaching includes six individual sessions as well as two workshops for all the scholarship holders receiving coaching in the same funding year. The workshops enable the artists to exchange ideas and experiences.

2 Mentors

Six of the nine coachings will be carried out by Jovanka von Wilsdorf. Jovanka von Wilsdorf is a songwriter at BMG Rights Management, initiator and co-producer of the AI songwriting contest DIANA and certified, systemic coach. As an artist profiler und production consultant she works with major and indie artists as well as with Music Pool Berlin or Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs. She gives workshops and masterclasses at renowned festivals. Since 2020 she is a board member of Music Women* Germany.

Coaching with Jovanka von Wilsdorf can, for example, focus on Match Making in the music industry, the development of the artist’s unique »selling« points (UPS), the dissolving of creative blocks, the composition with AI tools, the minting of NFT collections, and it can be used to work conceptually or on an efficient workflow.

Three additional coachings will be carried out by Nicky Böhm. Nicky Böhm is a project manager at Atonal Festival and Refuge Worldwide Radio, where she also hosts the shows Face The Music and Flip The Script. Prior to that she worked at Beatport and at various indie labels like !K7, BPitch Control and Kitty Yo.

Coaching with Nicky Böhm can, for example, focus on working with labels, distribution, digital service providers, artist managements and booking agencies as well as self-releasing your music or subjects such as contracts and legal advice, performing rights, community builiding, networking and finding a work-life balance.

3 Experience Reports

»The meetings with Jovanka were extremely helpful for me in defining goals for my career. I learned the importance of clear communication with the people I work with, I learned tools about time management, how to avoid burnout and how to plan in advance the release of my next EP. Our meetings gave me a lot of motivation and inspiration and I’m very grateful to have received this support.« – KARMA SHE, Scholarship Holder 2020

»I was very happy to meet and connect with Jovanka and get the coaching over the time we had. It’s very rare as an artist, that someone will give you their most honest feedback and also bring forth blind spots you may have missed or been un-aware of. Some moments were hard to hear, though I think were necessary in helping me to open up new space to work on those areas. I felt a newfound confidence boost in my artist soul and vision and where I want to go with my music.« – MIKEY., Scholarship Holder 2019

4 Conditions

Eligible to apply are musicians and bands living and working in Berlin. Please note: The coaching is awarded exclusively in connection with a Musicboard scholarship.

5 Application

Musicians can apply for the Musician & Band Coaching only when submitting an application for a Project Scholarship via the provided application tool. Applicants interested in receiving the coaching must in one paragraph in German or in English describe their motivation for participating in the coaching programme. The description should explain why coaching makes sense at the respective point in the artist’s career, which topic or field the applicant would like to work on, and what the artist expects from the coaching. It is possible to specify the preferred mentor in the application.

All information about the Project Scholarship and the link to the online application can be found here.

Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs 2020 – Jovanka von Wilsdorf
Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs 2020 – Jovanka von Wilsdorf
Jovanka von Wilsdorf (Photo: Olga Blackbild), Nicky Böhm (Photo: Willi Böhm)
Jovanka von Wilsdorf (Photo: Olga Blackbild), Nicky Böhm (Photo: Willi Böhm)