Initiative Musik

The Initiative Musik is the central funding institution of the Federal Government and for the German music industry. We strengthen the presentation and dissemination of music from Germany at home and abroad. Our programmes, projects and awards focus on supporting professional newcomers, musicians, live music clubs and music businesses, as well as developing sustainable nationwide structures for rock, pop and jazz. In addition, the Initiative Musik is currently implementing four sub-programmes for the Federal Government as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.

UT Connewitz in Leipzig
Musikclubs (NK2)
JUKEBOX artists
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The Federal Government has launched the rescue and future support package “NEUSTART KULTUR” for the culture and media sector. Initiative Musik receives additional funding for artists, music clubs, organisers and festivals

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Information about our funding programmes for musicians and their business partners. Material only available in German. If you have already submitted an application, it can be accessed via the login area.

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At Initiative Musik, we help German artists gain international exposure. In addition, we plan theme trips for foreign journalists to experience German pop culture. We are the German export office for music, and we are a member of the network of European music export offices.

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Support for projects that create sustainable framework conditions for the development of popular music and jazz in Germany.

Music Clubs

We offer several funding programmes for music clubs. In addition to APPLAUS, our venue programme award, music clubs can apply for assistance with modernizing equipment and upgrading their infrastructure. Info only available in German.


The Deutscher Jazzpreis (German Jazz Award) and APPLAUS honor special artists and insitutions within the German music scene.

About us

Here you find the right contact person for your matter. We introduce our team, Initiative Musik's Supervisory Board, sponsors and partners.