The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program is now open for applications.
- Film: Each year, three filmmakers are awarded a six-month residency in Berlin for their contributions to the art of film. They are looking for emerging directors as well as established auteurs who expand their understanding of cinema and the world.
- Music & Sound: They welcome any form of adventurous, exceptional, and innovative soundwork that expands and challenges their understanding of contemporary music. Traditional music (which is not adapted for contemporary practice), as well as commercial music, film, opera & theatre music, are excluded. The program is intended for composers and composer-performers, but not interpreters. There are four fellowships in the field of music & sound per year.
- Literature: They offer six fellowships in the field of literature and writing. All literary forms are welcome: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and essays, as well as drama.
What they are looking for?
- The grant was established to offer awardees time and space to focus on their creative practice without any production obligations. The program fellows are invited to actively engage with Berlin’s and Germany’s vibrant cultural scenes, as well as with different communities within the city. Each year, around twenty outstanding practitioners from diverse cultural backgrounds are invited to Berlin.
- The Artists-in-Berlin Program is committed to including and presenting a wide array of voices and perspectives, and to advancing gender equality. Throughout its history, the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program has been a key player when it comes to fostering the internationalization of contemporary arts in Germany. Nevertheless, there is still much work to be done in terms of acknowledging the value and relevance of contemporary practices beyond Eurocentric frameworks.
- At this given moment in history, they consider it their responsibility to demonstrate a clear commitment to creating equality of access, visibility, and resources through their institutional practice without measuring artistic positions against a Western arts & culture system and its market. The program is an award for outstanding practitioners. It is conceived for established artists who have already developed their own voice and standing. There is no age limitation (upwards).
- They support gender equality and diversity of origins. While an academic background is not required for selection, the Artists-in-Berlin Program is interested in work that intellectually examines and takes a critical approach toward historical and current issues and discourses. They therefore prefer artists who go beyond pure aesthetics and address the relevant topics of their times.
- German nationals may not apply.
- Artists whose main residence is the Federal Republic of Germany may not apply regardless of their nationality, except in those cases in which the first registration has taken place within 15 months before the application deadline (Please include a copy of the registration, cut-off date: September 1 of the previous year)
- German nationals (incl. dual nationals) living abroad may only apply if they can credibly prove that their main place of residence lies within the country from which they are applying—as a guideline a minimum stay of six years is required.
For more information, visit https://www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de/en/application/