Jury: Label Funding, Scholarships & Residencies

Funding is awarded through Musicboard Berlin GmbH upon recommendation of an independent jury of Berlin-based pop experts and in consultation with the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Jury members are usually appointed for a period of three years. The following jury is currently appointed to the Scholarships & Residencies as well as Label Funding programme:

JULIA LORENZ

Julia Lorenz studied political science, journalism and communication science in Berlin and Madrid. She is an editor and author and publishes in publications such as the city magazines Zitty and tip, Musikexpress, taz – die tageszeitung, Spiegel Online, ZEIT, Die Epilog and kaput. She can now and then be heard on the radio with ByteFM and in the critic quartet Soundcheck at radioeins. Her favourite subjects include pop culture and social issues.

KATJA LUCKER

Born in Northern Germany, Katja Lucker has been active in the Berlin music scene since 1990. After working as a cultural manager for the Kesselhaus, Karneval der Kulturen, RUHR.2010 and the Berliner Festspiele, amongst others, she was appointed in 2012 to establish the Musicboard Berlin as a state-owned funding institution for pop music. As Managing Director of the Musicboard, she has been Festival Director of the Pop-Kultur Festival since 2015 and is responsible for the organisation of the Fête de la Musique in Berlin since 2018.

PAMELA OWUSU-BRENYAH

Pamela Owusu-Brenyah is the founder and director of AFRO x POP, a platform for Afro-diasporic & African artists and music. Since 2017, she has been working as a music consultant, including freelance A&R jobs at AFROFORCE1, the newly founded label of Universal Music, which focuses on the African music market and African artists. Her passion for and knowledge of Afropop music began with her three-year long stay in Ghana. In Accra she was one of the few female DJs behind the 1s & 2s and was able to experience the rise of popular African music first hand. Pamela Owusu-Brenyah has been part of Pop-Kultur festival’s curation team since 2021.

SARAH FARINA

Sarah Farina is an international DJ, producer and activist. Together with her DJ colleagues Kepler & Uta she regularly hosts the party series Rec Room at the Berlin club Ohm. She calls her style of music »Rainbow Bass« which outlines vibe and energy bundling heterogeneous sounds independent of genres: Dark turns into light, lightness and positivity lay over heavy bass whilst rules are being broken.

THIEN NGUYEN

Thien Nguyen is a label owner, international DJ, music and film producer. Together with his long-time business partner, he organises the open-air series Hallo Montag, which provides a musical platform for young artists. His work as a remixer, as a music producer and composer brought him several awards and various nominations. As a DJ, he has been flying around the world for almost two decades, playing in all the well-known clubs and festivals. Since 2019, Thien Nguyen has additionally focused on working as an executive producer for musical film projects of ARTE Concert, among others.

Jury
Julia Lorenz (Photo: Lena Ganssmann), Katja Lucker (Photo: Ben de Biel)
Julia Lorenz (Photo: Lena Ganssmann), Katja Lucker (Photo: Ben de Biel)
Pamela Owusu-Brenyah (Photo: private), Sarah Farina (Photo: Kate Kuklinski)
Pamela Owusu-Brenyah (Photo: private), Sarah Farina (Photo: Kate Kuklinski)
Thien Nguyen (Photo: Vitali Gelwich)
Thien Nguyen (Photo: Vitali Gelwich)