1. Who is eligible for support?
In Program I “Artist Support”: Artists and a professional company, such as a booking agency, a label, a music publisher, event organizer, or even a studio operator. In Program II “Infrastructure Support”: Persons, companies, and institutions in the music industry.
2. What are the focuses of the support?
The support is primarily intended to help a new generation of young talent, the dissemination of German music, and individuals with a migration background.
3. Who are “individuals with an immigration background”?
The 2005 “microcensus” of the Federal Statistics Office estimated that one out of every five people living in Germany has a migration background, meaning that they are repatriated ethnic Germans, naturalized citizens, or foreigners, or that they have at least one parent belonging to one of these three groups.
4. Who is included in the “new generation” of talent?
Those artists who have not yet put out more than 2 CDs that have reached “gold status” (i.e., had more than 100,000 LP/CDs or 150,000 singles sold).
5. What does it mean to “disseminate German music abroad”?
Our goal in disseminating German music abroad involves strengthening trade, brand awareness, and the actual presence and popularity of German artists and their music abroad.
6. What do I need to submit along with my application?
The application and agreement forms must be filled out, signed, and submitted along with the appropriate attachments. For more, please visit www.initiative-musik.de.
7. How much money can I apply for?
What are Programs I and II?
Program I “Artist Support”: €10,000-30,000 per project with a personal contribution of at least 60%.
Program II “Infrastructure Support”: Up to €100,000, likewise with a personal contribution of at least 60% per project.
8. Can I submit more than one application?
Applications to Program I are limited to €60,000 per year, while those to Program II have an annual cap of €150,000.
9. Is there anyone available to help me with the application process?
The office is available to assist anyone with questions. All applicants are advised to take advantage of a one-hour consultation.
10. How often are decisions about applications made?
Four times a year.