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Thank you!  863.500 € for 608 x support for musicians!


In April 2020, we set up an assistance program to provide non-bureaucratic support to musicians and music makers who need help due to the restrictions of the Corona pandemic. The program was made possible by the proceeds of a fundraising campaign. The focus was set on professional musicians and music makers from the fields of rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, metal, experimental and electronic music who live in Germany and suffered from financial distress. All of them proved that they had to cancel public performances.

In a total of three rounds, 608 applications were approved and 861,500 euros were paid out to solo artists, touring musicians, bands, bookers and individual crew members from all over Germany.

To award the grants, a committee of four members was formed from members of the Initiative Musik’s jury for artist grants and other experts from the music industry. It was put together in a way that represented as many facets of musical culture as possible.


The donors include Advent International, the BDKV Music Award, Campusfestival Mittweida, Concord, Deezer, Domberger Brot-Werk GmbH & Co KG, Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus, Lautsprecher Teufel GmbH, the Sang und Klang Festival, Spotify Germany, TikTok, Waldemar Behn GmbH and YouTube as well as the musicians Cosmo Klein, Miss Allie and the Moka Efti Orchestra.

From April 2020 to March 2021, we collected donations. At the end, an incredible sum of 880,000 euros was collected from over 3,200 private individuals and companies! The organizational effort for the realization of the application database, the preliminary review and the application review amounted to only 1.8 percent.


In the first round of the support program, 166 applications from musicians and their bookers were approved. A total of 196,000 euros was distributed, with a distribution of 1,000 euros per solo artist or band and 250 euros for the booking agency. The application phase for the first round took place from April 24 to 27, 2020. In order to fit te programs criteria, the cancellation of at least five public concerts in the period March 13 to May 31, 2020 had to be proven.

For the second round of the aid program, music creators and their bookers could apply from July 24 to 27, 2020. This time, they had to prove the cancellation of at least five public concerts in the period from June 1 to August 31, 2020. In the second round, a total of 201 applications were approved and 233,500 euros were paid out.

The selection committee in the first two rounds consisted of Mark Chung, Stefanie Marcus and Oliver von Felbert.

In the third round of the funding program, touring musicians were also granted consideration. Now 1,000 euros per solo artist/tour musician could be granted. In the case of an ensemble of artists (band), this sum applied per head, but the grant was capped at 3,000 euros per band. In addition, one member of the crew could also be specified per application, who could also be granted a subsidy of 1,000 euros. The application phase took place between January 28 and February 3, 2021. Once again, at least five cancelled public concerts had to be proven in the period from September 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021. A total of 241 applications were approved and 432,000 euros were paid out.

In the third round, the selection committee consisted of Jasmine Klewinghaus, Stefanie Marcus, Leandra Preißler and Oliver von Felbert.


Genre distribution of acceptances
Pop - 20 %
Jazz/Experimental - 19 %
Rock/Alternative/Metal/Punk - 19 %
Indie/Folk/Singer-Songwriter - 16 %
Electronic/Dance/Disco - 14
Soul/Hip-Hop/World Music - 12 %

1st round
166 approved applications - total 196,000 euros

2nd round
201 approved applications - total 233,500 euros

3rd round
241 approved applications - total 432,000 euros

608 approved applications - 861,500 euros