Kolkata, India & Berlin, Germany

In cooperation with the Goethe Institut and as part of the new residency format actiRHYTHM, Musicboard provides one Berlin-based pop musician and one Kolkata-based pop musician with a two-stage tandem residency, taking place in Kolkata and Berlin. 


+++ Application for Berlin artists via Musicboard Berlin – read below
Application for Kolkata artists via Goethe-Institut – contact actirhythm@goethe.de +++


Intended for a solo artist living and working in Berlin. The residency is oriented towards musicians of all genres of pop music who are particularly open to transcultural production processes.

It is explicitly aimed at musicians who actively support an open, diverse and inclusive society and are interested in social and cultural discourse. Applicants should show a high degree of independence and initiative, and should be open to interdisciplinary exchange.
They should have a good knowledge of the music scenes in Berlin and be willing to take on the role of co-host in terms of networking and access to community for the Kalkutta artist.

Each stay has a duration of two months. The Berlin residency will take place in July/August 2020. The Kalkutta residency will take place in October/November 2020. Applicants must be available for both periods.

Photo: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata

Residency Details
With actiRHYTHM, Musicboard Berlin and Goethe-Institut are creating a new residence format for committed musicians in the field of ‘music and activism’ from Germany and South Asia. In addition to the ‘classical’ cultural exchange, the program aims to create a network of the creative scenes in the participating cities, which see themselves as part of civil society. As a joint residency programme of Goethe-Institut South Asia and Musicboard Berlin, it enables musicians from Berlin to spend four to six weeks in Kolkata and in another direction musicians from Kolkata to spend four to six weeks in Berlin. The special approach of this programme is that tandems are formed between the participants from Berlin and Kolkata in a participatory selection process. Both residents will become co-hosts in their own city, giving guests from the other city direct access to the creative scenes and artistic networks on site.
A presentation of the collaborative productions at the 2020 edition of Musicboard’s Pop-Kultur Festival  (26.08. – 28.08.2020) in Berlin is possible.

Musicboard as well as Goethe-Institut cover the costs associated with the stays. This includes round-trip travel costs as well as food, accommodation, working/rehearsal space, and project-related costs when applicable.
Note: The Musicboard is responsible for the accommodation of the Kolkata artist in Berlin, the Berlin artist has no organisational role.

The application deadline for the Scholarships & Residencies program is March 1, 2020.

The residents are selected in a two-stage selection procedure. In the first step, the respective juries nominate three candidates each from the applications for Berlin and Kolkata. Please note: In addition to the standard application documents for scholarships & residencies, the following completed questionnaire must be submitted with the application. In the second step, the nominated candidates will be included in the selection process. Based on a mutual assessment, one tandem of two artists will be selected from the six nominated candidates.

All application-related information and the link to the online form can be found here.

Musicboard Alumni (Border Movement Residency India/Sri Lanka)
World Wild Web – 2019
Golden Diskó Ship – 2018
She’s Drunk – 2017
Nene Hatun – 2016

Please contact Maureen Noe with questions about the Scholarships & Residencies program:
E-Mail: maureen.noe@musicboard.berlin.de
Tel.: +49 (0)30 288 787 88