Support for Artists

Artist Fundings - Financial support for musicians and their partners


Initiative Musik’s Artist Fundings are directed toward solo artists and bands living in Germany, especially newcomers and supports them in gaining a foothold on the German and foreign markets. Musicians can apply for financial support for album productions and releases, concert tours and promotion through this programme.

Crucial for this support is primarily originality as well as the artist’s musical language and the artist’s and music’s commercial potential. Up to 40 percent of costs can be covered with this grant, between a minimum of 4,000 euros and maximum 30,000 euros. Initiative Musik assists more than one hundred artists and bands annually through this programme alone.



Short-Tour Fundings


Short-Tour Fundings assist musicians for special appearances abroad with the goal of facilitating their entry onto the market or to continue establishing their presence. Musicians can apply for a sponsorship for travel and promotion costs (up to 50% of costs) when invited to a special showcase festival, including (but not limited to) SXSW, Musexpo or CMJ Music Marathon in the United States, The Great Escape in Great Britain or Eurosonic Noorderslag in the Netherlands.


Since the programme’s launch in 2010, more than six hundred sponsorships have been approved, mainly in high-sales markets such as the United States, Japan, Great Britain and France. The per-musician grant runs up to 600 euros for concerts outside of Germany but within Europe and up to 1,000 euros for those outside of Europe. Furthermore, additional marketing sponsorship of up to 1,000 euros may also be provided.