Project Funding
Residencies in Germany

This funding is for individual musicians and composers from developing and transition countries seeking to develop original international programmes and productions with partners in Germany. The focus should be on artistic collaboration and intensive exchange on a partnership basis.

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Conditions of Funding

Musicians and composers from developing and transition countries who are planning a stint in Germany. This funding is for individual artists only.

We fund work stays of two to six weeks.

The grant covers the cost of international travel to and from Germany as well as health, accident and personal liability insurance for the duration of your stay in Germany, and a weekly allowance of €400 for accommodation, meals and other expenses. We do not provide accommodation.

This funding is not for attending Master classes or summer schools, study visits, business training seminars, tourist travel, family visits, or concerts or tours by ensembles.

  • Invitation and support from an institution or individual of some standing in the German cultural scene
  • A project likely to have significant impact on the cultural scene in Germany and/or the musician’s home country
  • At the time of application, no pre-existing binding reservations (flights, hotels) for travel arrangements that are to be covered by the grant

You may submit the required documents in German or English:
  1. Comprehensive project description incl.
    • Brief description of your exact project and substantive goals of your stay in Germany
    • Detailed outline of planned activities
    • Information about other participants, if any, and their role in the project
  2. Artist biographies and information about partner institutions in Germany
  3. Confirmation of planned work stay by the other party (artist/institution): personal statement by the artist or invitation from the partner institution
  4. Budget incl. support to be provided by partner institution, outside funding from third parties and the musician’s prospective fees
  5. Recent audio sample (link)

Both individual artists abroad and partner institutions or individual artists in Germany may apply. If accepted, we will conclude agreements with both parties.

Projects for which travel arrangements (e.g. flights) have already been booked before applying for a grant are generally not eligible for funding. So, before making any binding reservations and at least six months before the project is to start, if possible, you must submit an informal request by email for a dispensation to make advance travel arrangements. Bear in mind, however, that this dispensation does not constitute a promise to award any funding.

Artists awarded a Goethe-Institut grant for a work stay may not apply for another work stay in Germany for three full calendar years thereafter.

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Goethe-Institut e.V.
Music Division | Work Stays in Germany Tel. +49 89 15921-612

Sustainability and inclusion

Making music projects sustainable is a high priority for us. So we’d be glad to advise you on ways to minimize your project’s carbon footprint.

Another high priority is to help people with disabilities take part in arts and culture.

If you have any questions in this regard or need assistance with the application process, feel free to contact us.

Recommendations for climate- and resource-friendly travel in the Music Division funding programmes:​​​​​​​

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