HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden, Germany

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


As a special announcement in the Scholarships & Residencies program in 2020 and in cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Musicboard will grant two four- to five-week residencies at HELLERAU in Dresden to a Berlin pop musician, duo or group/band.



  • Groups/bands, duos or solo artists living and working in Berlin can apply. The artists’ country of origin is irrelevant. Applicants should be pop musicians who work professionally and stand out through their special creative achievements.
  • Pop musicians of all genres may apply. 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.
  • Musicians interested in applying for a residency should demonstrate a high level of independence and personal initiative, and should be open to interdisciplinary exchange.
  • Presence of the resident(s) in Dresden during the residency period is required.



Musicboard grants two residencies at HELLERAU, each lasting approximately four to five weeks in autumn 2020. The periods are set, the residencies cannot be shortened or postponed. NOTE: Only solo artists or duos can apply for residency period II.

Residency I (1-4 persons):
Timeframe: 12.10.-09.11.2020
Residency I is suitable for solo artists, duos or groups/bands (max. 4 persons).

Residency II (1-2 persons):
Timeframe: 09.11.-13.12.2020
Residence II is suitable for duos or solo artists.


Photo: Peter R. Fiebig



HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts is an interdisciplinary co-production and guest performance house in Dresden. HELLERAU promotes debates on art and society with thematic focuses, festivals and audience formats. In cooperation with national and international partners, HELLERAU provides valuable infrastructure for critical thinking and artistic experiments.

The objective of HELLERAU’s residency program is to offer opportunities for artistic research in order to deepen and expand one’s own working methods as well as to develop new projects. In HELLERAU the resident artists have their own apartment (single apartments with shared kitchen), various work studios and a large garden at their disposal for rehearsals, experiments and training. Besides working on their own artistic projects, the resident artists are encouraged to establish networks and get in touch with the local scene. The residency program is primarily aimed at artists working in the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, performance, music and media art.



The residency program of HELLERAU offers an international, active-collaborative and interdisciplinary atmosphere. Beyond the work on own projects, resident artists can expect a diverse program on stage, as well as a multifaceted surrounding: HELLERAU’s garden city, the city of Dresden and its local music scene.

Residents can use a rehearsal and project room on site and receive technical support as needed. There is no permanent recording studio in the house and limited technical equipment is available. However, HELLERAU offers various rooms which can be equipped and used accordingly in consultation with the resident artists.

A presentation of (collaborative) projects that were created on site during the residency is possible at HELLERAU’s indoor festival Bandstand (February 12/13, 2021).

Note on accessibility: The available accommodation as well as rehearsal and project space are located in a building without elevator. They are therefore not barrier-free accessible.

Note: Due to the current situation caused by the corona pandemic, protective measures based on the recommendations of the local authorities are adhered to at HELLERAU. This may have effects on rehearsal and performance conditions that will be aligned in joint efforts.



  • covering the costs for arrival and departure, apartment, rehearsal and project space as well as technical support, provision of technical equipment and the entrance to HELLERAU performances
  • weekly stipend in the amount of 250 EUR per person
  • singular contribution to project costs in the amount of 500 EUR per residency



Application Deadline
The application deadline for the residency at HELLERAU is July 27, 2020 (00:00 in the night leading into July 28).

Selection Process
The residency is awarded through the Musicboard Berlin GmbH upon recommendation of an independent jury of Berlin-based pop experts.

The jury will make a recommendation based on the quality of the work and the chances for success of the project presented. There is no entitlement to claim a subsidy.

The funding decisions are made with an eye to representing the diversity of Berlin’s music scene. Accordingly, Musicboard and the jury attach great value to inclusion and gender balance in their selection.

Application Documents
The following application documents for the Scholarships & Residencies Program must be submitted online only:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Detailed description of the artistic project and motivation for applying
    When applicable, this may be supplemented by a description of project partners and confirmation letters acknowledging upcoming collaborations.
  • Detailed overview of professional artistic history
    Including proof of performances, collaborations with other artists/musicians, etc. (e.g. in the form of web links, graphic documents or screenshots).
  • Work samples: please choose 3 tracks that characterize your work best
    These must be submitted as mp3’s (no list of links and no physical recordings please) and uploaded directly into the online application.
  • Scans of proof of Berlin residency by the registration office or personal ID
    For duos and bands, please submit documents for each member. For citizens of non-EU countries, please also submit scans of passport, residence permit, duration of stay, and type of work permit. IMPORTANT: Berlin must be clearly evident as place of residence!

It is possible to apply for several domestic residencies at once by selecting different options in the application form. It is important that one letter of motivation is submitted for each residency selected. Applications without letters of motivation will not be considered. All domestic residencies open for application until July 27, 2020 can be found here.

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

Members of the jury or employees of the Senate of Berlin or of Musicboard Berlin GmbH and their dependents may not apply.

Other Information
Only fully completed documents can be processed and considered. All information will be treated confidentially and will be used exclusively for decision-making and funding purposes. The allocation of funding is subject to current Corona constraints.



The application period for the domestic residency at HELLERAU ended on July 27, 2020. An application is not possible at present.



Please contact Maureen Noe with questions about the Scholarships & Residencies program: