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.

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.


  • 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 520 music clubs and event series have received awards from all genres of popular music, including rock, hip-hop, electronic music, experimental pop music and jazz. More than 9 million euros have been made available in prize money, making APPLAUS the most generous German federal award for culture.




Thomas Eckardt

Managing Director AG Jazzmeile Thüringen, LAG Jazz in Thüringen e.V.

Peter Harasim

Managing Director Concertbüro Franken, Der Hirsch Nürnberg

Anke Helfrich

Musician and composer

Gregor Hotz

Managing Director Musikfonds e.V., chairman APPLAUS jury

Terry Krug

Consultant and chairwoman Clubstiftung Hamburg

Ulla Oster

musician/composer, curator

Daniela Philippi


Porträtfoto Jonas Pirzer

Jonas Pirzer

Culture manager and musician

Michaela Schneider

Managing Director Allgäu Concerts


Janina Dotterweich

project management APPLAUS

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