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Residency in Berlin, Germany

For practitioners in the field of music, such as a musician, composer, music producer or conductor. Musicians can use any instrument, including bass, vocals, electronics or ouds.

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The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Music has several international partners offering residencies around the world. In addition to a workspace, the artist-in-residence will get access to housing as well as a residency stipend and travel reimbursement.  Our residencies abroad aim to promote artistic development as well as broaden the work and future income opportunities of artists-in-residence.

Description of the residency

In Berlin, the international music programme itself runs a residency programme for musical artists in electronic pop music with a focus on house and techno. This residency provides an opportunity for artistic immersion and contacts within electronic pop music.

  • This i planned before each individual stay, but the accommodation is in a apartment in the district of Kreuzberg. The accommodation is paid for by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, while the workplace is planned and financed by the grant holder, in collaboration with a local coordinator. Hence, this grant is slightly larger than our other international residencies.

  • The time period is based on the applicant’s desired length of stay and the residence’s availability to host. Normally the duration is 4-8 weeks.

  • The grant is aimed at professional practitioners in the field of music.

  • The amount of the grant depends on how long the stay is and what is included, in addition to the residency grant and the standardized travel cost. For a stay of four weeks, the grant holder recieves SEK 50,000.

    The Swedish Arts Grants Committee covers the costs for the grant and the international partner contributes with personell resources for coordination and administration so that the composer has the opportunity to develop and deepen his artistic practice.


  • Club Commission Berlin website (Öppnas i ett nytt fönster)

Application and reporting requirements

  • You must be a professional artist in the field of music, such as a musician, composer, music producer or conductor. Musicians can use any instrument, including bass, vocals, electronics or ouds. Music producer refers to a record producer who receives copyright royalties for musical production.

    To be considered a professional artist, you must earn a living entirely or partly from your artistic activities and regularly present your art to an audience or in an artistic context.

    You must be a resident in Sweden or practice most of your art here.

    You can be a foreign citizen and apply for our stipends and grants, but you must be a resident in Sweden or primarily practice your art here. If you are a Swedish citizen but live abroad, you must be able to demonstrate that most of your artistic activity takes place in Sweden.

    You must not be a student for more than 50 per cent of your time when an award decision is made.

    This means being enrolled in any type of studies, from undergraduate studies to doctoral studies and post-graduate education. You can be studying when you submit your application, but when a decision is made you cannot be enrolled for more than 50 per cent for a course or programme.

    You must not owe any unpaid Swedish taxes or fees to the Swedish Enforcement Authority or be declared bankrupt.

    This means that you cannot owe a debt on your Swedish tax account that has been passed on to the enforcement authority. This does not apply to other types of debts or charges from public organisations or private companies.

    You must not have received de minimis aid exceeding a total of 300,000 euros during the last three-year period.

    Stipends and grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee are subject to the provisions of the European Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/2031 on state funding, also known as de minimis aid.

  • The application for residencies abroad is open once a year. See the application deadlines.

    You apply by logging in to “My pages”.

    In order to submit an application, you need to answer all the questions marked as mandatory in the form and attach work samples and the requested appendices. Please note that the description of the stay must be written in English, so that information can be understood by our partners.

    You can be awarded a grant retroactively, provided that your application is submitted before the exchange/trip takes place.

    If your application is rejected, you can submit a new application, but only if major circumstances surrounding the exchange changed after the first decision was made.

    Applications must be submitted by 14.00 CET on the application deadline.

    Work samples are mandatory

    Choose a current audio sample that is representative of you both in terms of quality and repertoire. Examples of audio samples include a live recording, published material or another publicly presented work. It must contain a total of at least 20 minutes of music. Your audio sample must not be older than three years.

    File format: mp3, with at least 320 kbps bitrate and 44.1 kHz sampling rate

    Total length of audio files: at least 20 minutes

    Compressed files should contain metadata information about:

    • artist (group name)
    • album (title published phonograms)
    • song title
    • genre
    • year
    • your role on the sound sample

    Scores: Scores can be uploaded as a multi-page pdf files. Do you work with longer orchestral works, opera e.g. we accept fewer works than three. Be sure to embed all fonts used in the pdf file.

    Restrictions for scores: max number of files 3

    You can submit your application on paper

    We recommend using our e-service to submit your application. It makes it easier for you to ensure that your application was registered and it allows you to follow your case via “My pages”.

    Application on paper

  • When we receive your application, we verify that you meet all the formal requirements. Members of the desicion-making group for music will then read your application. The members are practising artists or experts in the field of music. At least two people read each application. The decision is made by desicion-making group for music.

    If a member has a conflict of interest in relation to an applicant, that member is forbidden from participating in the review process or award decision for that application.

    How is your decision made?

    We select grant recipients based on the quality of artistic activities and the applicant’s financial need. This means that we assess the quality of the work samples and reference material that you submit. At the same time, we make an assessment of your financial need. This can mean, for example, that we do not prioritise an applicant who has a high income or has recently received other grants or stipends.

    In our selection, we aim to distribute the grants to artists in different parts of the country and across a variety of artistic expressions.

    How we avoid conflicts of interest

  • Within one month after the end of your residency, you must submit a written report to the Swedish Arts Grants Committee explaining how the residency has impacted your artistic practice. The reports are used as a basis to further develop our international composition residencies. In some cases the collaborator may request a partial evalution.

    If the residency comes to change significatly or is canceled, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the international partner must be contacted immediately. Any changes must be approved by both the Swedish Arts Grants Committe and the international partner, otherwise the residency grant may need to fully or partially be refunded.

  • Grants are exempt from tax.

  • If you are awarded a grant for the residency programme, you must state in all communications about your residency that it was carried out with the support of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Please use the wording “with support from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee´s International Programme for Music”

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