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Already awarded:€ 200.000 Further donations:*€ 213.450


The Corona pandemic is currently affecting all our lives. As Germany’s music export office, we experience the hardships that this unusual situation puts on musicians. Our new aid programme 2020, that is made possible through a fundraising campaign, supports those musicians.

In the first round, we were able to support 176 solo artists and bands with a total of 200,000 euros. We continue to collect donations to support even more musicians who had to cancel shows due to the current crisis.

All proceeds from donations go into the second round of our aid programme. On behalf of all musicians we would like to thank you for your contribution. For further inquiries, such as a donation receipt, please send an e-mail to

Donations can be made via Paypal

If you send us money you won’t pay any fees. Initiative Musik pays a charge of 1,5% of the donation + 0,35 EUR per transaction.

… or transfer to the following donation account:

Initiative Musik
gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH
IBAN: DE85 2008 0000 0383 9539 12
Purpose of payment: aid programme

*The current donations comprise all donation possibilities. It is updated regularly.

What are the requirements for a grant?

Our aid programme 2020 is designed to support musicians in need. The focus is on professional musicians living in Germany in the fields of rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, metal, experimental and electronic music.  In the first phase, the lost income from concerts in the period from March 13th till the end of May 2020 was covered by a grant of 1,000 Euros per solo artist or band. The first round of applications was completed on April 27, 2020. The grants were transferred at the beginning of June 2020. Due to the continuing nationwide ban on major events – especially open-air festivals – we are continuing our fundraising campaign and aid programme. The application phase for the second round is scheduled for July 24 to 27, 2020. This time the grants will be awarded for cancelled shows between June 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.

Who decides on the awarding of the grant?

A special committee was formed with three jury members from our artist support programme. The committee is composed to represent as many facets of music culture as possible.

  • Mark Chung
    The chairman of the board of VUT – Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*innen (Association of Independent Music Entrepreneurs) – and managing partner of Freibank Musikverlag. Mark has been a member of Initiative Musik’s supervisory board since 2008.
  • Stefanie Marcus
    The Berlin-based music manager has run Traumton Records since 1992. The label specialises in jazz and world music and has produced and released more than 300 albums.
  • Oliver von Felbert
    The music and label manager has headed the label Melting Pot Music since 2002. Since 2018, Oliver has been the jury chairman for Initiative Musik’s artist and infrastructure funding.
Mark Chung, Stefanie Marcus, Oliver von Felbert