ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin

+++ Application Deadline: July 1, 2020 +++


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


As a special announcement in the Scholarships & Residencies program in 2020 and in cooperation with ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Musicboard will grant a two-month residency at ZK/U Berlin in Berlin-Moabit to a Berlin pop musician, duo or group/band.



  • Groups/bands, duos or solo artists living and working in Berlin can apply. The artists’ country of origin is irrelevant. Applicants should be pop musicians who work professionally and stand out through their special creative achievements.
  • Pop musicians of all genres may apply. 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.
  • The residency is aimed at musicians who actively/artistically deal with social issues along the ZK/U Berlin discourses and work in an interdisciplinary way.
  • Presence of the resident(s) in Berlin during the residency period is required, participation in the OPENHAUS format on August 29 and 30, 2020 is requested. A minimum studio presence of 20-30 hours per week at ZK/U Berlin is a further requirement.



Two months from August 1 to September 30, 2020.


Photo: ZK/U Berlin



Located in the former railway depot in Berlin-Moabit and run by the artist collective KUNSTrePUBLIK, ZK/U Berlin is a production site, artist/research-residency and program platform. In addition to public spaces, ZK/U Berlin offers 13 studio apartments for local and international artists, urban researchers and practitioners.

ZK/U Berlin seeks to develop projects, co-produce knowledge and share values created through exchange. Its work is not oriented towards results but towards the process: Instead of letting the “final product” constrain the possible routes that a practice might take, ZK/U Berlin focuses on the processes that come from, and feed into, the particular contexts of the fellows’ practice. As a “glocal” residency program, ZK/U Berlin connects local practice and global discourse.



The residency program of ZK/U Berlin offers an active-collaborative atmosphere in which artists, researchers and practitioners meet and work on individual or collaborative projects and ideas.

Residents are provided with a studio apartment (studio with living space) at ZK/U Berlin. The use of this studio as a living space during the residency is desired, but optional.

In regular formats for mutual exchange, such as the weekly Monday Dinner and the OPENHAUS (August 29 and 30, 2020), the residents have the opportunity to present their work and discuss it with the audience. In addition to their active involvement within the social structure of ZK/U Berlin, the residents are encouraged to use the local infrastructure and actively promote cultural production through setting up own formats, such as workshops, film screenings, discussions or reading groups. Monthly studio visits by curators and artists can also provide feedback on the working process.

Note: Due to the current situation caused by the corona pandemic, protective measures based on the recommendations of the Berlin Senate are adhered to at ZK/U Berlin. This may partially restrict the program.

There is no recording studio in the building and only limited technical equipment is available. However, ZK/U Berlin offers various spaces that can possibly be used by the residents. Furthermore, ZK/U Berlin provides support in the online and local promotion of project presentations.

Note on accessibility: the studio that is available for the Musicboard resident(s) is located on the 1st floor, there is no elevator. The studio is therefore not barrier-free.



  • covering the rent for a studio with accommodation at ZK/U Berlin
  • monthly stipend in the amount of 1.500 EUR for solo artists / 2.000 EUR for duos/groups (living and project costs)
  • singular contribution to material costs in the amount of 320 EUR



Application Deadline
The application deadline for the residency at ZK/U Berlin is July 1, 2020 (00:00 in the night leading into July 2).

Selection Process
The residency is awarded through the Musicboard Berlin GmbH upon recommendation of an independent jury of Berlin-based pop experts as well as representatives of ZK/U Berlin.

The jury will make a recommendation based on the quality of the work and the chances for success of the project presented. There is no entitlement to claim a subsidy.

The funding decisions are made with an eye to representing the diversity of Berlin’s music scene. Accordingly, Musicboard and the jury attach great value to inclusion and gender balance in their selection.

Application Documents
The following application documents for the Scholarships & Residencies Program must be submitted online only:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Detailed description of the artistic project and motivation for applying
    When applicable, this may be supplemented by a description of project partners and confirmation letters acknowledging upcoming collaborations.
  • Detailed overview of professional artistic history
    Including proof of performances, collaborations with other artists/musicians, etc. (e.g. in the form of web links, graphic documents or screenshots).
  • Work samples: please choose 3 tracks that characterize your work best
    These must be submitted as mp3’s (no list of links and no physical recordings please) and uploaded directly into the online application.
  • Scans of proof of Berlin residency by the registration office or personal ID
    For duos and bands, please submit documents for each member. For citizens of non-EU countries, please also submit scans of passport, residence permit, duration of stay, and type of work permit. IMPORTANT: Berlin must be clearly evident as place of residence!

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

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

Other Information
Only fully completed documents can be processed and considered. All information will be treated confidentially and will be used exclusively for decision-making and funding purposes. The allocation of funding is subject to current Corona constraints.



Apply here: Link to Online-Application



Please contact Maureen Noe with questions about the Scholarships & Residencies program: