Virtual Partner Residencies

Virtual Partner Residencies

Travel is severely restricted for the time being due to the corona pandemic. As a result, not only have nearly all live performances been cancelled, but so have most physical residencies for artists and co-productions. In reaction to the resulting changes in working conditions in the music scene, the Goethe-Institut has created this virtual residency programme with a view to maintaining and reinforcing international exchange and collaboration. Funding for virtual partner residencies is now available to arrange for international musical collaboration projects.
Virtual partner residencies may serve to work on joint research, compositions, concept and project development, pre-productions or innovative online projects, for example. Other, including Interdisciplinary, music-centred formats may also be eligible for funding. The focus must be on artistic collaboration and extensive exchange on a partnership basis.
Applications may be submitted anytime from now to 31 December 2020 (though the deadline may be extended, depending on how the pandemic develops).
This virtual partner residency programme is for solo artists and small ensembles from Germany and abroad. Projects of or involving artists from developing or transition countries (see DAC list) are particularly welcome.
Your application may be submitted by artists/ensembles in Germany or abroad, provided that at least one artist or ensemble based in Germany is involved in the project. If your application is granted, we will conclude corresponding agreements with both partners.  

Prerequisites for eligibility:

  • Professional artists/ensembles with proven experience in their music scene
  • Sustainable partnership and project
  • Project duration of two to four weeks
  • Project implementation anytime from now to 31 December 2020 

Not eligible for funding are projects which

  • Serve mainly for private or family exchange
  • Are already substantially financed by other means
  • Do not focus on music
  • Are primarily of a commercial nature
  • Take place within the context of a course of study or training
  • Only involve Streaming concerts 

Goethe-Institut funding comprises:

  • A grant of €1,200 per ensemble/partner 
Several partners can be involved in the project, however, only a maximum of two grants can be paid.

No other expenses will be covered by the Goethe-Institut.

Either partner may apply informally in German or English. Make sure to provide the following information:

  1. A detailed project description, including
    • Brief precise description of the project and its substantive goals
    • Detailed project schedule
    • Description of possible PR/publicity/promotion for the project
    • Information about other partners, if any, and their role in the project
  2. List of participants, indicating their current location and function in the project
  3. Biographies of participating artists
  4. A recent audio recording and/or other works by the participating artists (link)
  5. Confirmation of collaboration by the other party in the form of a statement of intent 


Please submit your application at least four weeks before the start of the project.
Applicants have no legal entitlement to funding. Any funds we provide are a voluntary contribution to projects that are closely in line with the objectives of the German Federal Government's foreign cultural and educational policies and that would not be feasible without such support.
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Applications must be submitted by e-mail.