Virtual Partner Residencies

Virtual Partner Residencies for professional musical artists „Forced Absence“ | Illustration (Videoausschnitt): © Tarik Barri und Ata Ebtekar alias Sote

Virtual Partner Residencies for professional musical artists

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 July 2021 (though the deadline may be extended, depending on how the pandemic develops). Project implementation until 31 December 2021.
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 six weeks
Application anytime to 31 July 2021. Project implementation until 31 December 2021.

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
Involve a partner based in a German-speaking country
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.

Deadlines: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 the Cultural Funding Application.

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