Musicboard-Berlin > Intermediation > Funding Opportunities


Funding for Berlin musicians and cultural producers in the field of pop music is given by private foundations and public institutions at state, federal and EU levels. Musicboard aims to create transparency about existing funding bodies, serving as an intermediary for pop-cultural projects seeking public funding. The funding guide (in German) published by Musicboard offers information on applying for funding, with useful tips, from the project’s conception to its completion. Individual consultation and further information (in German) on cultural funding and financing are available to Berlin’s cultural producers via Kreativ Kultur Berlin’s Cultural Funding Consultation and Creative Industries Consultation.

Cultural Funding in Berlin

Senate Department for Culture and Community

The Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Community supports the international cultural scene of the state of Berlin through the promotion of artists as well as artistically valuable, diverse and innovative projects.
District Culture Fund

District Culture Fund

The District Culture Fund is administered by the cultural offices of Berlin's various districts. It aims to benefit cultural projects in the respective parts of the city.
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Capital Culture Fund

The Capital Culture Fund (HKF) supports cultural projects and events of nearly any artistic discipline that are of particular importance for the image of Berlin.


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Initiative Musik

As the federal government's central funding institution for the music industry in Germany, Initiative Musik supports musicians, music makers and infrastructures with a particular focus on popular music.
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Musikfonds was created with funds from the State Ministry for Culture and Media. The funding association aims to promote outstanding, non-commercial projects of all current music genres.
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Federal Cultural Foundation

The Federal Cultural Foundation (›Kulturstiftung des Bundes‹) supports innovative, large-scale projects that set new artistic standards and display international relevance.


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Music Moves Europe

Music Moves Europe is the overarching framework for the EU Commission's initiatives and actions to support the European music industry. It is a key element of the EU's promotion of musical diversity and musical talent.
Creative Europe

Creative Europe

The cultural sub-programme of the European funding programme Creative Europe serves to promote cross-disciplinary project funding for cooperation projects, networks and platforms in Europe.
European Structural Funds

European Structural Funds

Since 2005, the Berlin cultural administration has been using funds from the European Structural Funds. This includes the ERDF as well as the ESF aiming to correct imbalances among different EU regions.

Other Funding Opportunities

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Amadeu Antonio Stiftung

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation supports small projects and initiatives that work towards a democratic civil society, with an emphasis on the protection of minorities and fighting all forms of racism.
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As part of its outreach work in the international cultural field, the Goethe-Institut supports international co-productions as well as musicians and ensembles, whether through travel grants or the sponsorship of residencies.


SHAPE is a European platform and initiative for innovative music and audiovisual arts, selecting 48 musicians and artists annually through an open call for a programme of live performances, workshops, talks and residencies.