Live Music Funding

With our live music funding, we aim to support the infrastructure of the diverse German music landscape through various performance venues. The Live500 program is designed for music clubs and local organizers of smaller concerts and concert formats featuring newcomers or experimental genres. The Festival Promotion Fund supports music festivals that focus on special socio-cultural aspects, such as promoting emerging talent, engaging in sophisticated program planning, or advocating for ecological sustainability.

PLEASE NOTE:
German is the mandatory language for applications.

Live500
Program Description

In post-pandemic times, many live music venues and organizers are increasingly focusing on established musicians. Concert formats featuring newcomers, less popular, or experimental genres are at risk of being overshadowed. The newly launched Live500 funding program seeks to address this issue. It aims to secure the continuity of culturally diverse live music programs. Additionally, it seeks to support music venues and organizers in planning more diverse programs, thereby enabling greater cultural participation for artists underrepresented in live music. Moreover, Live500 endeavors to bolster both rural areas and regions that are culturally and structurally underdeveloped.

Key Points About the Funding Program:

  • Small concerts and concert formats featuring newcomers, less popular, or experimental genres are supported.
  • Eligible applicants include music clubs and music organizers. Music organizers are eligible only in Category 1.
  • A maximum of 24 (Category 1) or 12 (Category 2) concerts can be applied for, with a maximum funding amount of 12,000 EUR.
  • In Category 1, the funding amount per concert is 500 EUR: 250 EUR as an artist grant, 250 EUR as a grant to the music club or organizing company.
  • In Category 2, the funding amount per concert is 1,000 EUR: 500 EUR as an artist grant, 500 EUR as a grant to the music club.
  • The funds are distributed according to a regional quota to various federal states to ensure that structurally weaker regions are not disadvantaged in the process.
  • The funded concerts can take place until September 30, 2024.

Example (application):

Templates & information (project implementation):

Important information:

No more applications can be made and submitted, the application deadline ended on 31.07.2023.

Contact

Counselling hours:

Tuesday 3pm - 5pm
Wednesday 2pm - 4pm
Thursday 3pm - 5pm
Friday 11am - 1pm

live500@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 - 531 475 45 - 500

We are also happy to provide advice in English. Please note that applications must be submitted in German.
Portrait Erik Kühn

Erik Kühn
Project Management Live 500

erik.kuehn@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 - 531 475 45 - 517

portrait Josefine Bomba

Josefine Bomba
Project Management Live 500

josefine.bomba@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 - 531 475 45 - 521

Festival Funding
Program Description

The Festival Funding introduces, for the first time at the federal level, a structured funding initiative for festivals in the field of popular music and jazz. The goal of the funding program is to support the culturally significant work of festivals and preserve and promote their artistic diversity. Festivals can submit applications for funding through an open process. Each grant focuses on implementing and expanding qualitative and socioculturally significant aspects, including diversity, ecological sustainability, and talent development. The program is specifically designed for small and medium-sized festivals; at least 80% of approved projects should be conducted by festivals with a maximum of 15,000 attendees. However, large, well-established festivals with distinct qualitative focuses can also apply to this program.

Key Points About the Funding Program:

  • Eligible applicants are organizers of music festivals (including free and open-air festivals) in the field of popular music and jazz with national significance.
  • No first-come, first-served basis: Funding decisions are made by an independent expert jury.
  • The maximum funding amount is 50,000 EUR.
  • Project expenses must be at least 10,000 EUR and can range up to 500,000 EUR.
  • Festivals with up to 15,000 attendees can apply for funding for the entire festival.
  • Festivals with more than 15,000 attendees can apply for funding for a specific project.
  • The project period starts no earlier than the date of application and ends on December 31, 2024.

Templates and information (application):

Example (application):

 

Applications for the Festival Funding were accepted from 06.11.2023 to 18.12.2023 and could be only submitted in German.

Contact

Counselling hours:

Tuesday 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 2pm - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 1pm
Friday 11am - 1pm

festivalfoerderung@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 - 531 475 45 - 540

We are also happy to provide advice in English. Please note that applications must be submitted in German.

Nisrin El Karkani (she/her)
Project Management Festivalförderfonds

nisrin.el-karkani@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 - 531 475 45 - 518

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Jana Geiger (she/her)
Project Management Festivalförderfonds

jana.geiger@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 – 531 475 45 – 516

Portrait Jennifer Leja

Jennifer Leja (she/her)
Project Management Festivalförderfonds

jennifer.leja@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 – 531 475 45 – 524

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Tina Wedmann (she/her)
Project Management Festivalförderfonds

tina.wedmann@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 – 531 475 45 – 529

PlugIn

Small and medium-sized music clubs are not always in a position to cover their investment requirements from their own financial resources due to a lower return on sales. The newly launched ‘PlugIn’ funding programme aims to address this and support the improvement of their technical equipment in various areas.

The most important facts about the funding programme:

  • Eligible applicants are music clubs with a maximum visitor capacity of 2,000 unseated places.
  • The programme supports the purchase of new or used technical equipment and the installation of performance-related elements. Repair measures are also eligible for the first time through this programme.
  • The maximum funding amount is EUR 15,000.
  • The own contribution is degressive and depends on the total expenditure. The higher the total expenditure, the higher the own contribution.
  • Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • The funds are distributed to the various federal states according to a regional quota so that structurally weaker regions are not disadvantaged in the process.
  • Funding projects can be implemented until 31 December 2024.

Templates (application):

Templates & information (project implementation):

Relevant information:

Please note that German is the mandatory language for applications. You can find more Information in the program description and FAQs in German.

Applications can be submitted between 3 June (1 pm) and 28 June 2024 (6 pm). To do so, you must register on our funding portal.

Contact

If you have any questions about the application process or technical problems, please contact us.

Counselling hours:

Tue. & Thurs.: 2 - 4 pm
Wed. & Fri.: 11 am - 1 pm
clubs@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 - 531 475 45 - 560

We are also happy to provide advice in English and French. Please note that applications must be submitted in German.

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Christian Zirbeck (he/him)
Project Management

christian.zirbeck@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 - 531 475 45 - 519

Portrait Yoana Le Forestier

Yoana Le Forestier (she/her)
Project Management

yoana.leforestier@initiative-musik.de
+49 (0)30 - 531 475 45 - 528

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