Frequently Asked Questions

How do Goethe-Institut music projects abroad actually come about? 

The programming priorities for each Goethe-Institut abroad are defined for its particular region, country or city. The institutes join forces with their main partners in the local music scene to develop joint projects out of this ongoing exchange. One main priority is to put across new aesthetic ideas and content that should provide new artistic impetus. Local partners include, for example, concert halls, agencies, festivals, clubs and music schools.

The Music Division at the Goethe-Institut’s head office in Munich monitors the German music scene, ever on the lookout for new and interesting developments and advises the institutes abroad on the selection of suitable artists and ensembles from Germany for these projects. An advisory committee made up of renowned personalities in German music assists us in this.

Projects involving choirs, amateur and youth ensembles or young musical talents are initiated by application of the ensembles themselves or at the suggestion of German missions, Goethe-Instituts abroad or international event organisers.

In what types of music is the Goethe-Institut most involved? 

We promote and present the whole gamut of music in Germany, spanning all past and present genres and developments. Our programming priorities arise out of regional, national or local strategies and concepts.

What types of artist does the Goethe-Institut work with? 

Professional soloists and ensembles are selected for the music programmes of our institutes abroad in consultation with an independent advisory committee. Outstanding representatives of the various genres are singled out with a view to reflecting the diversity and excellence of performing artists in present-day Germany.

Furthermore, basically any young talents, choirs and amateur ensembles are welcome to apply for funding for tours abroad, provided they meet high standards of artistic quality. Although artistic criteria are also important for youth exchange projects, the main policy objective there is to promote international understanding between young people by getting them to make music together.

How do I, as a musician, get the Goethe-Institut’s attention?  

Professional musicians (soloists or ensembles) based in Germany and interested in working with the Goethe-Institut should feel free to submit representative information material and a recent CD to our Music Division. The division will acknowledge receipt of the materials and contact you if an opportunity for collaboration should arise. Due to the many submissions we receive, we request that you refrain from following up and understand that we cannot return submitted materials.

How do I apply for a grant for a scheduled appearance abroad? 

For guest performances abroad involving new talent, choirs and amateur ensembles and youth exchange programmes funding can be applied for at the Unit for the Promotion of Young and Amateur Musicians.

Professional musicians can apply for a travel allowance from the German Foreign Office to help cover the expenses of appearances abroad.

Does the Goethe-Institut also support music projects in Germany? 

Musicians from developing and transition countries can apply to our Unit for the Promotion of Young and Amateur Musicians to fund guest performances in Germany.

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