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Already awarded:€ 429.500Further donations:*€ 38.225


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 aid programme, that is made possible through a fundraising campaign, supports those musicians.

In two rounds, we were able to support 377 solo artists and bands with a total of over 400,000 euros. We are still collecting donations to support even more musicians who had to cancel shows due to the current crisis. A third round is planned for January 2021.

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: DE04 2008 0000 03839 539 15
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. Professional musicians living in Germany in the fields of rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, metal, experimental and electronic music can apply if they had to cancel shows due to the pandemic. 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. In the second round those grants were 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