Every year, as part of the international Pop-Kultur festival, Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs welcomes 250 emerging talents from around the world to participate in an extensive workshop and lecture programme, enabling them to exchange ideas and network with artists from the festival lineup and other experts from the worlds of business, politics and the music industry.
In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, Pop-Kultur has been granting scholarships to young, international pop musicians and composers since the festival's first edition in 2015. Spanning 12 days, the scholarships offer a qualification programme consisting of studio visits, jam and listening sessions as well as brief internships and networking events in Berlin.
Study & Training Opportunities
Berlin University of the Arts
The Berlin University of the Arts is one of the few traditional German art colleges with university status. In addition to a range of classical artistic degree programmes in the field of music, it also offers training in sound engineering and sound studies.
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
The state-run Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin focusses its profile on training and promoting musical excellence in the classical disciplines of European art music, from singing to composition and directing to guitar, violin and piano.
The Popschule Berlin is an institute of the state music school Fanny Hensel in Berlin-Moabit, founded in 1949. The pop school's aim is to provide young pop musicians with the basic skills needed for a professional career or admission to a German university.
Institute for Musicology and Media Studies at Humboldt University Berlin
The Institute for Musicology and Media Studies at Humboldt University offers three bachelor's and master's degree programmes that focus on research into music-related topics and the dimensions of the media that shape culture.
Seminar for Culture and Media Management at the FU Berlin
Based at the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at the Free University of Berlin, the Seminar for Culture and Media Management serves the interface of research, teaching and international art and cultural practice with its application-oriented master's programme.
Studieninstitut für Kommunikation
Studieninstitut für Kommunikation (›Institute for Communication Studies‹) in Berlin specialises in further education for IHK-certified professions such as event management, music management and event management.
Coachings, Seminars & Workshops
Music Pool Berlin
As a central contact point for musicians in Berlin, Music Pool Berlin offers professional development in the form of workshops and coaching. Its mission is to support musicians, DJs and other music professionals in successfully establishing themselves in the music industry.
The Clubcommission supports Berlin clubs and promoters, the independent scene and young collectives from the open-air scene with workshops and further training on topics such as awareness, diversity, sustainability, financing, funding, legal issues and political participation.
Berlin Music Commission
With formats such as Most Wanted: Music, nxtB:now or Sprechstunde Musikwirtschaft, the Berlin Music Commission offers all players in Berlin's music industry the chance to transfer knowledge as well as critical and creative discussions on current topics such as digitalisation, new work, sustainability and diversity.
ARTWert of the educational provider WeTeK has a special focus on offering self-employed workers in the fields of music, art, literature, photography, visual media, digital media and fashion design, offering them concise, modular courses on self-employment in the cultural and creative industries.
Shoot it yourself
Shoot it yourself is a workshop giving young musicians the necessary know-how for producing a music video: from brainstorming and calculation, dramaturgy, image and lighting design to editing and post-production.
Spoon is a DJ workspace for women, trans and non-binary people, creating a space where DJs of different levels of experience can learn and practice DJing with vinyl in a non-judgmental atmosphere and freely ask questions.