APPLAUS: Venue Prize for Exceptional Live Music Programming

Music clubs shape and enrich our lives with their concerts and contribute to cultural diversity in Germany – whether they are in metropolises or in the countryside. To reward this exceptional live music programming, the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media annually awards club operators and promoters the “APPLAUS – Award for Programming in Independent Venues” award. The ceremony takes place every autumn.

APPLAUS 2022

The APPLAUS was awarded for the ninth time on November 16, 2022. The Award celebrates the innovative and inspiring power of live music and club culture. German Federal Commissioner for Culture Claudia Roth honored more than 100 live music venues and event series in the three main categories and three special categories.

All 103 honorees

The main awards are divided into three prize categories with prizes of up to 50,000 euros. A total of 2.4 million euros is available for prize money.

  • Category Best live music programs: up to 50,000 euros per award
  • Category Best live music venues: up to 35,000 euros per award
  • Category Best Small Venues and Concert Series: up to 10,000 euros per award

In addition, special awards for awareness, innovation or sustainability: up to 5,000 euros per award.

Financial Support and More Recognition for Clubs

The APPLAUS award supports music clubs and encourages them to maintain and continue developing their high-quality and trendsetting programming.

APPLAUS Goals:

  • Financial support for smaller and medium-sized clubs and promoters with high-quality and trendsetting live music programming.
  • Top-level funding to underline the importance of live music venues and regional organisers
  • Increase public awareness for the musical offerings and structural challenges for independent music clubs and event series.

Most Generous German Federal Award for Culture

Initiative Musik has been awarding the Venue Programming Prize since 2013 with the involvement of the Federal Jazz Conference and the LiveMusikKommission – Association of Music Venues in Germany. APPLAUS has meanwhile become a well-established federal award.
To date, more than 600 awards were given to music clubs and event organizers from all genres of popular music, including rock, hip-hop, electronic music, experimental pop music and jazz. More than 11 million euros have been made available in prize money, making APPLAUS the most generous German federal award for culture.

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Main Jury

Thomas Eckardt

Thomas Eckardt

Artistic Director Jazzmeile Thüringen & Managing Director LAG Jazz in Thüringen

Azaria Faghih Nasiri

Azaria Faghih Nasiri

Booking Agent / Selective Artists

Anke Helfrich

Anke Helfrich

Jazz pianist and composer

Gregor Hotz

Gregor Hotz

Managing Director Musikfonds e.V., chairman APPLAUS jury

Keisuke Matsuno

Keisuke Matsuno

Musician

Ulla Oster

Ulla Oster

Musician/composer, curator

Daniela Philippi

Daniela Philippi

Managing Director PHI/SCH ART - ARTIST & EVENT MANAGEMENT GMBH

Demba Sanoh

Demba Sanoh

Tour Manager, Co-Founder SAME BUT DIFFERENT - Diversity Management & Consulting

Petra Sitzenstock

Petra Sitzenstock

Consultant Music Pool Berlin & Clubcommission

Expert Jury Awareness

Tsepo Bollwinkel

Tsepo Bollwinkel

Musician and educational worker

Ulla Heinrich

Ulla Heinrich

Managing Director Missy Magazine

Ron Paustian

Ron Paustian

Founder Inklusion Muss Laut Sein

Expert Jury Innovation

Anna Blaich

Anna Blaich

Music and Culture Manager, Deputy Chairwoman Bundesstiftung LiveKultur

Meryem Erkuş

Meryem Erkuş

Founder GOLD+BETON, curator & event manager

Dr Robert Peper

Dr. Robert Peper

Network and cultural researcher / HfMT Hamburg, focus on network analysis and cultural development

Expert Jury Sustainability

Helen Börü-Schepers

Helen Börü-Schepers

Environmental Scientist, Executive Board Grüner Wirtschaftsrat / Green Events Hamburg

Zora Brändle

Zora Brändle

Project manager for cultural and music projects, focus on sustainability

Valentin Graef

Valentin Graef

sustainability consultant

CONTACT

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project management APPLAUS

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project management APPLAUS

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Awards communication

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