Music

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The Goethe-Institut conveys an up-to-date image of the diversity of music in Germany and initiates dialogue and exchange between artists at home and abroad. Every year, a number of music projects take place with professionals as well as amateur and young talent, such as tours, concerts, master classes, workshops and symposiums. They cover the entire spectrum of genres in German music: early and classical music, jazz, rock and pop, electronica, sound art and contemporary classical music.

The Music Division at the Munich head office acts as a consultant and motivator for the Goethe-Instituts abroad and the German embassies. Two volunteer artistic advisory boards support the division in its work.

Activities for professionals

The Goethe-Institut’s international work with professional musicians encompasses the conception and implementation of tours, concerts, master classes, workshops and symposiums. Every year approximately 1,000 music projects take place covering every musical style.

A large share of the programmes are generated by the interplay of the Goethe-Instituts abroad with local partners such as festivals, concert halls and clubs – supported by the expertise of the Music Division in the head office of the Goethe-Institut. Other music projects are initiated by the dialogue of the division with renowned cooperation partners in Germany.

Professional musicians who live and work primarily in Germany and are interested in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut can submit materials to the division at the head office. In addition, there are possibilities for direct project funding for guest performances and working stays abroad. Guest performances in Germany by professional musicians from developing and transition countries can also receive funding.

Promotion for professionals

Professional musicians from all genres who live and work primarily in Germany have the following opportunities to collaborate with the Goethe-Institut:

The Goethe-Institut has for the first time set up an International Coproduction Fund for the period from 2016 to 2018. The idea is to encourage new collaborative working processes and innovative productions involving international cultural exchange, with a view to promoting the creation of new working networks and approaches within a global context.
 
The International Coproduction Fund targets professional artists, ensembles and initiatives in Germany and abroad. The object is to help fund coproductions in the fields of theatre, dance, music and performance art, in which hybrid and interdisciplinary formats and the use of digital media may be key components. These projects are expected to be of high artistic calibre and presented in at least one of the countries involved. There are no topical or regional restrictions, but preference will be given to projects between German and non-European partners, especially in transition countries.
 
Go to goethe.de/ikf for information about how to apply (application deadlines, form etc.).
 
For its professional music projects abroad, the Goethe-Institut develops, organizes and selects artists for concerts, master classes, workshops and symposia in virtually every music genre. Assisted by a volunteer advisory committee, the Goethe-Institut’s Music department in Munich advises the Institutes abroad, which in turn plan their music programmes in concert with various local partners.

Professional German musicians and ensembles are welcome to submit information material and a recent CD recording to the Goethe-Institut. The Music section will receipt the documents and contact you if an opportunity for an engagement arises. Given the large number of incoming submissions, we ask that you refrain from making follow-up inquiries and we regret that we cannot return any material received.

In addition, the German Foreign Office provides a travel allowance through the Goethe-Institut for concerts and short-term residencies abroad by professional musicians even if the Goethe-Institut is not directly involved

Contact:

Goethe-Institut e.V.
Bereich Musik
Dachauer Str. 122
D-80637 München

phone: +49 89 15921-506 (general offers)
phone: +49 89 15921-878 (travel expense fund)
Fax:     +49 89 15921-671
profi@goethe.de (general offers)
fonds@goethe.de (travel expense fund)
Fund for appearances abroad by professional German music ensembles

This fund consists of project allocations of the German Foreign Office and is managed by the Goethe-Institut’s Music section. The object is to help finance the music projects of professional ensembles and individual musicians working in Germany by covering part of their travel expenses. The projects must be of superior artistic quality and cultural significance.
The Goethe-Institut is assisted in assessing project applications by its artistic advisory committee.


Funding requirements:
  • The ensemble/musician applying for funding must work professionally.
  • The ensemble must live and do most of its work in Germany.
  • The project must be of superior artistic quality and cultural significance.
  • The ensemble must already have specific invitations from partners/organisers abroad.
  • As a rule, only partial funding is available, exclusively limited to covering travel expenses. So funding for the project as a whole should already be by and large secured.
  • Projects involving multiple appearances in a single region and in rapid succession will be preferred to applications for one-off appearances.
  • Funding may be provided for projects involving virtually any genre of music, with the exception of Schlager (i.e. mainstream pop “hit” music), blues, cabaret, musicals, international folklore and volkstümliche (i.e. commercial “folksy” music).
  • Funding may be provided for concerts, master classes, seminars or workshops.
  • Candidate selection will also be based on the cultural policy priorities and guidelines laid down by the German Foreign Office. Guest appearances by ensembles in foreign regions prioritized under the Foreign Office’s cultural policy will therefore be accorded special consideration, provided they receive expert endorsement.
     
Funding is not available for:
  • Projects involving young musicians, amateur music or professional choirs (which are covered by our Department for the Promotion of Young and Amateur Musicians)
  • Educational projects (which are covered by our Department for the Promotion of Young and Amateur Musicians)
  • Commercial or tourist travel
  • Friendship meetings and “get-acquainted” gatherings of chiefly local importance
  • Short/weekend trips
  • Benefit events
  • Competitions/contests
  • School or training-related projects (scholarships/educational grants, theses/dissertations, research work)
  • Development aid projects
     
Required documents:
  • Recent recording (audio-format CD, no mp3 files)
  • Press material
  • Copies of invitations including confirmation of concerts and services/payments to be rendered by the inviting parties
  • Proof of having chosen very inexpensive means of transport
  • Completed application form

Applicants have no legal claim to financial assistance. Any funds provided shall be voluntary payments for projects that conform closely to the cultural and educational foreign-policy objectives of the Federal Government of Germany and that could not have been carried out without this assistance.

Deadlines:

Applications should be submitted six months in advance. Short-term requests are possible after a telephone consultation of the Music Section

Application form (MS Word, German version only)

Contact:

Goethe-Institut e.V., Music Section
FONDS
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 München
Germany

phone: +49 89 15921 878
fax:     +49 89 15921 671
fonds@goethe.de

Residency programme for musicians and composers from Germany

One of the main objects of the Goethe-Institut is to boost intercultural exchange and international cultural networks through collaborative projects and coproductions.

Artists performing or giving workshops abroad generally don’t stay long enough to thoroughly explore musical forms and styles abroad or start up lasting projects.

Hence the possibility, since 2009, to apply for a grant to work abroad for a longer period up to six weeks.

The objects of a residency abroad may be:
  • To engage in research and preparations for major productions in Germany and/or abroad
  • To work on joint compositions/coproductions with partners in Germany and/or abroad
  • To network with artists and cultural “multipliers”
  • Both professional musicians/composers based in Germany, and Goethe-Instituts abroad, are eligible for a grant.
Please submit an informal application containing the following information:
  1. A concise but informative project description incl.:
    1. Brief description of your exact project, substantive goals of your residency abroad and how your project relates to the host country's music scene
    2. Itinerary, as concrete as possible, including planned duration of the trip and a list of places, people and institutions you intend to visit etc.
    3. Information about any partners and their role in the project (esp. for coproductions)
    4. Outline of any connections to Goethe-Institus abroad
  2. Biography
  3. Funding plan (incl. information about any funding from local partners or other third parties)
The following requirements should be met:
  • The project should heavily involve the local music scene abroad.
  • And it should have a significant effect on the music scene in the host country and/or in Germany.
  • Applying artists should be prepared to develop joint events, such as workshops, lectures, concerts etc. with the local Goethe-Institut during their residency.
The following are ineligible for grants:
  • Concert tours
  • Residency abroad for academic research and teaching purposes
Grants cover:
  • Travel and accommodation expenses, as a rule for one person only
  • A weekly allowance of max. €500
  • Organizational support from the local Goethe-Institut, if desired, as far as possible
Please send applications to the following address:

Goethe-Institut e.V.
Bereich Musik
RESIDENZEN
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 München

For further information, contact:
musikresidenzen@goethe.de
Tel. +49 89 15921 - 506 (except Mondays)
Funding of guest performance tours in Germany

Only ensembles from developing and transition countries whose economic situation prevents them from paying the costs of international travel themselves can be funded for their tour of Germany.

These tour visits are to serve the following purposes:
  • the promotion of a global dialogue of cultures and the development of intercultural competence
  • the promotion of an independent cultural sector in developing countries
  • the integration of minorities in the international cultural dialogue
Projects involving both professional ensembles and artists, amateur and youth ensembles as well as new talent can be funded.

Commercial guest performances and benefit events are excluded from the funding programme.

The funding is to cover international transport costs.

Any applications for financial support will be rejected.

N.B.: Projects already begun, i.e. for which (e.g. flight) reservations have already been made, are generally ineligible for funding. So before making any firm reservations, you should submit an informal application for so-called “advance project commencement”, along with three travel expense estimates, at least six months before the project begins, if possible. Acceptance of an application for “advance project commencement” does not constitute a firm commitment to fund the project.

Contact:

Goethe-Institut e.V., Music Section
GASTSPIELE DEUTSCHLAND
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 München

phone: +49 89 15921-894
fax:     +49 89 15921-671
nachwuchs@goethe.de

Sheet with detailed information on funding (German version)

Activities for young talent and amateurs

The scene of young and amateur musicians in Germany is unparalleled in its diversity and quality worldwide. Over eight million young and amateur musicians play or sing in a choir or orchestra, in rock bands, jazz groups or chamber music ensembles. Every year, the Goethe-Institut supports 300 to 400 international projects by these ensembles, which carry out concert tours, concert encounters or workshops together with their musical partners.

Additionally, the Goethe-Institut promotes guest performance tours to Germany: musicians, choirs and orchestras from developing and transition countries can in this way organize concert tours or festival appearances together with their German partners.

Yet another significant field of work is the promotion of artists abroad. In transition countries there is an incalculable number of talented musicians yet frequently a lack of schools and suitable music teachers. Together with partners in the target countries, the Goethe-Institut supports and develops music education projects and measures that benefit the training of music instructors, choir directors and instrumentalists.

Besides these activities, the Goethe-Institut is engaged in music youth exchanges on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. In these programmes, young musicians between the ages of 12 and 26 years meet and make music together in Germany and in the respective host country.

Once a year, moreover, the Goethe-Institut conducts auditions for the German candidates for places in the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). The EUYO is the official youth orchestra of the EU and its members are the most talented young musicians from all 27 EU countries between the ages of 14 and 24.

Promotion for young talent and amateurs

For young and amateur musicians from all genres as well as for professional chorus, there are funding possibilities for the following:

Funding for prospective tours by amateur and young German music ensembles, professional chorus and for educational music projects abroad

The creativity and commitment of amateur and aspiring young musicians are a vital element of the music scene in Germany. Amateur and “next-generation” ensembles that have already attracted notice with above-average musical attainments – whether in competitions or concerts – and are planning to perform abroad can apply to the Goethe Institute for a grant toward travel expenses. Grants are available for music projects abroad involving amateur and young vocal and instrumental groups of any size, makeup or genre – as well as for educational music projects.

N.B.: Projects already begun, i.e. for which (e.g. flight) paymetns have already been made, are generally ineligible for funding. So before making any firm reservations, you should submit an informal application for so-called “advance project commencement”, at least six months before the project begins, if possible. Acceptance of an application for “advance project commencement” does not constitute a firm commitment to fund the project.Prerequisites for funding:
  • The candidate ensemble must demonstrate a high level of musicianship.
  • Cultural significance of the project for the host country
  • Coherent programming
  • A recent audio recording of convincing quality
  • An invitation from a partner in the destination country who should be financially independent of German institutions
  • In the invitation the partner in the destination country must pledge to provide certain services, such as assistance in finding accommodation, transportation, publicity, use of rehearsal facilities, concert halls or the like.
  • Intercultural exchange should be central to the project.
  • As a rule, the Goethe Institute will not cover all travel expenses, but usually provides a grant to cover part of the travel expenses.
  • Prior to application, the bulk of the project should already be financed by the participants’ own contributions and donations from the public and/or private sector.
  • As a rule, the Goethe Institute does not pay any fees to musicians in the category of “amateur or young fledgling talents”. 
  • Preference shall be accorded to projects in regions prioritized by Germany’s foreign cultural policy (Africa, the Middle East and non-European successor countries of the former Soviet Union). 
  • Projects in countries bordering on Germany may be funded only if of outstanding cultural significance (e.g. Deutsche Kulturwochen (German arts festivals), national/supraregional festivals).
The following are NOT ELIGIBLE for funding:
  • Projects in which professional musicians play a major part
  • Music projects within the framework of programmes to promote ethnic German minorities in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe as well as Kazakhstan (to request funding, apply to the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute of Foreign Cultural Relations) in Stuttgart) 
  • Benefit tours
  • Concert tours in neighbouring countries with which an extensive cultural exchange already takes place even without public funding
  • Brief/weekend trips
  • Projects aimed at disseminating partisan, religious or ideological content.
Required documents:
  • Detailed project description
  • A recent audio recording
  • Description of the ensemble incl. the musical director’s CV
  • Detailed schedule
  • Concert programme
  • Invitation from the partner abroad indicating assistance it pledges to provide
  • Cost/financing plan (use downloadable forms provided at the bottom of this page)
  • Two cost estimates for travel expenses and, if necessary, for transportation of instruments
  • List of participants, indicating each participant’s function, date of birth and place of residence
  • Promotional material for the press
  • Digital images

Applicants have no legal claim to funding from the Goethe Institute. Any funds provided shall be voluntary payments for projects closely aligned with the German Federal Government’s foreign cultural and educational policy objectives. If funding is granted, an 80% advance will be transferred first. The remainder will be disbursed upon receipt of the applicant’s accounting documents and final report.

Deadlines:

Applications for funding of concert tours and exchange projects may be submitted to the Goethe Institute at any time by German ensembles or by the German partners of foreign ensembles. The application must be submitted at least 6 months before the project is to begin. We recommend that large ensembles submit their applications even earlier, i.e. a year before commencement of the project.

Please note that applicants are required to keep us regularly posted of the progress and any changes to the planning of their project.

Contact:

Goethe-Institut e.V.
Bereich 37 - Musik
NACHWUCHS & LAIEN
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 München

phone: +49 89 15921 293
fax:     +49 89 15921 671
Musik2@goethe.de

Application form (German)
ANBest-P ("Allgemeine Nebenbestimmungen Projektförderung" - German)
BNBest-AA ("Besondere Nebenbestimmungen des Ausw. Amtes" - German)
Funding of guest performance tours in Germany

Only ensembles from developing and transition countries whose economic situation prevents them from paying the costs of international travel themselves can be funded for their tour of Germany.

These tour visits are to serve the following purposes:
  • the promotion of a global dialogue of cultures and the development of intercultural competence
  • the promotion of an independent cultural sector in developing countries
  • the integration of minorities in the international cultural dialogueProjects involving both professional ensembles and artists, amateur and youth ensembles as well as new talent can be funded.Commercial guest performances and benefit events are excluded from the funding programme.

The funding is to cover international transport costs.

Any applications for financial support will be rejected.

N.B.: Projects already begun, i.e. for which (e.g. flight) reservations have already been made, are generally ineligible for funding. So before making any firm reservations, you should submit an informal application for so-called “advance project commencement”, along with three travel expense estimates, at least six months before the project begins, if possible. Acceptance of an application for “advance project commencement” does not constitute a firm commitment to fund the project.

Contact

Goethe-Institut e.V., Music Section
GASTSPIELE DEUTSCHLAND
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 München

phone: +49 89 15921-894
fax:     +49 89 15921-671
nachwuchs@goethe.de

Sheet with detailed information on funding (German version)
The Goethe-Institut is no longer available to serve as the central office for the Federal Government’s Children and Youth Plan. For more information, see the latest newsletter of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Applicants who have previously dealt with the Goethe-Institut should consult the central office information to find out which central office will be responsible for them in future.    

EUYO

The Goethe-Institut’s department for young and amateur musicians has handed over responsibility for holding annual auditions for the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) in Germany to the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. For more information from September go to http://www.hfm-berlin.de/.

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)
 
EUYO Video Vorschaubild

Logo_EUYO Logo_EUYO The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is the official youth orchestra of the EU. It brings the most talented young musicians from all 27 EU countries together with a view to overcoming cultural boundaries and spreading this spirit worldwide in its concerts.The orchestra is under the aegis of the President of the European Commission and the heads of the EU Member States.

The high level of musicianship and commitment of the young members of the EUYO has garnered outstanding international repute for the orchestra, which is regularly compared with the best orchestras in the world. In the past the orchestra has continually given concerts with such world-renowned guest conductors and soloists as Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Zubin Mehta, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Margaret Price, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Nigel Kennedy, and Radu Lupu, to name just a few.

Its current artistic director is Vladimir Ashkenazy.

The EUYO performs in all the major European cities, concert halls and festivals. In its capacity as an EU “Goodwill Ambassador”, it has toured China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, North and South America, Eastern Europe, Russia and the Baltic States to resounding success.

Auditons

The annual auditions for the EUYO in Germany will be held by the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin by order of the German Foreign Office.

The 140-odd members of the orchestra are selected annually from amongst over 4,000 candidates aged 16–26 from the Member States of the European Union. Every year, moreover, the incumbent members are required to compete in an audition with the new candidates to keep their place in the orchestra.

Contact
Mrs. Alexa Nieschlag
Project management of the EUYO auditions
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
Charlottenstr. 55
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel: 0049 (0)151 1152 7047
euyo@hfm-berlin.de euyo@hfm-berlin.de

Related links
European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)
Application information

Prerequisites:
  • EU citizenship
  • High level of musical training
  • Proven orchestra experience
  • Age: 16 – 26 years inclusive
Selection process in Germany:
  • The auditions are held in two rounds. All candidates who are trying out for the EUYO for the first time and have never qualified for the second round in a previous audition must take part in the first round of auditions.
  • In the first round, each contestant must perform a selection of orchestral extracts.
  • For the list of orchestral extracts, please refer to the EUYO's website.
  • In the second round, each contestant must play an excerpt from a concerto or solo piece of their own choosing, if appropriate, with piano accompaniment. The selection of orchestral extracts is again required (the same ones as in the first round).
  • The piano accompanists for the second round are provided. Please bring the piano scores!
Dates, deadline for registration, applications for the EUYO auditions can be found on the EUYO's website

Contact
Mrs. Alexa Nieschlag
Project management of the EUYO auditions
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
Charlottenstr. 55
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel: 0049 (0)151 1152 7047
euyo@hfm-berlin.de

Related links
Orchestral extracts to be prepared
Audition's rules and regulations