Special Call for Concepts for pop music projects


+++ Application Deadline: July 13, 2020 +++


Please note: The English translation exclusively serves informational purposes; solely the German version is binding.



The Special Call for Concepts is intended to support Berlin pop-music projects that can take place under the current conditions, that test innovative approaches to the current music-cultural challenges or that deal with the effects of the Corona crisis on their own work processes and the Berlin music scene.

Types of projects could, for instance, be small open-air events in compliance with distance regulations, the elaboration of a study (e.g. by means of a survey) or the development (and/or implementation) of new digital concepts.

The Special Call for Concepts is aimed at players in the Berlin pop music scene (e.g. organizers, collectives, venues) who support Berlin pop musicians and in particular up-and-coming artists through their project.

With the term ‘pop music’ Musicboard refers to all genres of popular music as well as cross-genre or experimental pop music that cannot be clearly assigned to the categories of jazz or classical and new music.

Up-and-coming artists are musicians that have already made their first steps towards a professional career (e.g. first major concert/performance, first solo album), but need further support to establish their career, nationally and internationally. A certain degree of professionalization is mandatory, there is no age limit. Berlin must be the main place of residence and work.

Note: The Special Call for Concepts is neither aimed at projects in the field of cultural education, nor does it fund individual artists or bands! In the latter case, please check the programs Scholarships & Residencies and Support-Tour Funding!

Further information on the effective corona virus containment measures (in German only):

Further information on open-air event opportunities (in German only):



Project Scope
The supported projects should generate an overall benefit for the pop music scene and music industry, thus the submitted projects should comprise a total scope of at least 5.000 Euro (which does not have to be the requested amount of funding). The implementation of the proposed project cannot commence before the notification of the funding decision. The projects can start around the beginning of August and must be completed by the end of the year (finished concept, event, etc.).

Funding Priorities
The funding decisions are made with an eye to representing the diversity of Berlin’s music scene. Musicboard focuses on promoting women* and PoC in pop culture as well as strengthening the LGBTQI+ scene. In particular, the content of the projects must be based on a 50/50 participation of female* artists (e.g. booking, workshop organisers, participation of artists).

In addition, one focus is on accessibility and inclusion. The aim is to bring people with and without disabilities together in the Berlin music scene. In the case of event formats, applicants are requested to design at least half of the event (or the main venue/main stage of the event) completely barrier-free. We further welcome the inclusion of people with disabilities into the line-ups. Other formats should also deal creatively with the topic of accessibility and inclusion (e.g. online accessibility). Extra material and personnel costs for the barrier-free design of the project may be applied for (no investment costs). Information on the barrier-free design of events in project funding can be found here (currently in German only).



Application Submission & Review

The Special Call for Concepts funds are awarded through the 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. The jury is composed as follows:

  • Andrea Wünsche, booker Monkeytown Booking
  • Anja Caspary, head of music radioeins vom rbb
  • Detlef Diederichsen, head of Music and Performing Arts HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)
  • Jens Uthoff, journalist, author taz
  • Vivian Perkovic, journalist, presenter Deutschlandfunk Kultur and 3sat Kulturzeit

Short information about the jury members can be found here: Short information_jury_Musicboard

Application Deadlines
The application deadline for the Special Call for Concepts is July 13, 2020 (00:00 in the night leading into July 14).

Application Language
All application documents may be submitted in either German or English.

Application Documents
The following application documents must be submitted online only:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Detailed Project Description including program/timetable, short statement on the barrier-free, inclusive and diverse outline of the project as well as information material on the applicants
  • Specification of costs indicating the amount of funding requested (Financial plan Template)

Note on Specification of Costs
We would like to recommend the following minimum fees for artists. This recommendation is a guideline, the actual fees paid depend on the degree of professionalization and popularity of the artist as well as the setting of the event:
Bands: 200,00 EUR – 250,00 EUR per musician
Single musicians and duos: 500,00 EUR per musician

Members of the jury or employees of the Senate of Berlin or of Musicboard Berlin GmbH and their dependents may not apply.

Detailed Funding Information
Detailed information on the following points can be found in the Musicboard funding guidelines for funding programs:

1. Funding objectives and legal basis
2. Object of funding
3. Funding recipient
4. Prerequisites for funding
5. Type, scope and rates of funding, e.g. financial plan
6. Other terms and conditions
7. Procedure
8. Period of validity

The General Auxiliary Conditions for Project Funding (Allgemeine Nebenbestimmungen für Zuwendungen zur Projektförderung – ANBest-P) can be found here (in German only): Allgemeine_Nebenbestimmungen_ANBest-P.pdf



The application period for the Special Call for Concepts has ended on July 13, 2020. An application is not possible at present.



We’re happy to answer questions regarding the Special Call for Concepts via email or telephone:

  • Consultation by telephone:
    Tel: +49 (0)30 280 467 67