Allocation of Funding: Residencies & Hinterhalt Commission 2020

Musicboard is pleased to announce the residents who are being granted a domestic or international residency in 2020 as part of the Scholarships & Residencies program. Besides, we are happy to inform about this year’s awarding of the two HINTERHALT Commissions in cooperation with Deutsche Oper Berlin.


In 2020, Musicboard for the first time awards domestic residencies in cooperation with various partners to solo musicians, duos and bands/groups who live and work in Berlin. By July 1, 2020, a total of 38 artists applied for the residency at ZK/U Berlin, whereas 93 applications were submitted for the residencies at HELLERAU, Schloss Bröllin and Sternhagen Gut until July 27, 2020. Due to the high quality of the submitted applications, two additional residencies are being awarded in cooperation with PACT Zollverein in Essen.

In 2020, the following artists are being granted a domestic residency:

Artist / Band Residency Location
Æ HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden
Albertine Sarges & The Sticky Fingers Schloss Bröllin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Born In Flamez HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden
gölgede-güneşte ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin
Qeei PACT Zollverein, Essen
She Knows Sternhagen Gut, Uckermark
veenus x boats PACT Zollverein, Essen



We are pleased that, despite the current situation, two international residencies in France including artist coachings at Le Studio des Variétés can be realized. All other international residencies that were open for application until March 1, 2020 must be suspended for 2020.

In 2020, the following artists are being granted an international residency:

Artist Residency Location
Discovery Zone Le Plan, Ris-Orangis/Paris, France
Magic Island A.M.I., Marseille, France

The two-part tandem residency between Tel Aviv and Berlin, which was announced in the same funding round, has been digitally realized as part of this year’s Pop-Kultur Festival. The co-production that is a result of the digital residency between the Israeli singer and producer Echo and the Berlin musician Tellavision can be watched on Pop-Kultur’s media platform.



Again in 2020, Musicboard is – in cooperation with Deutsche Oper Berlin – awarding two scholarships for the composition and realisation of an evening in the 2021 edition of AUS DEM HINTERHALT at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The awarding process has now been completed.

In 2020, the following artists are being awarded Musicboard‘s HINTERHALT Commission:

Max Prosa HINTERHALT Götterdämmerung 2021
Sofia Portanet HINTERHALT Siegfried 2021

The scholarships and residencies were recommended by a jury of Berlin pop experts, consisting of Julia Lorenz (editor and author), Pamela Owusu-Brenyah (freelance A&R and music consultant), Sarah Farina (DJ and producer), Elia Rediger (artist and dramatist) and Katja Lucker (Managing Director of Musicboard Berlin GmbH).


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