Germany Announces ‘Classical Scholarship Program’ For Freelance Musicians

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Tobias Koch)

The German Music Council (DMR) will implement another sub-program of “Neustart Kultur” project with the “Classical Scholarship Program.”

The now-planned program, worth ten million euros, is aimed at self-employed musicians in the field of classical music. The program will cover all periods of classical music, from early music to the early avant-garde.

“The German Music Council thanks Minister for Culture Prof. Monika Grütters for the ‘Classical Scholarship Program’, which will help many self-employed creative musicians through this difficult time. After the successful start of the scholarship program for the field of contemporary music, musicians from the field of classical music from all previous epochs can now apply for the urgently needed funding. We are pleased to be able to contribute with the implementation of the ‘Classical Scholarship Program’ in order to sustainably secure the diverse artistic excellence in our country until the longed-for restart of cultural life after Corona, ” said Prof. Martin Maria Krüger, President of the German Music Council.

As a part of the “Classical Scholarship Program, ” more than 1,500 scholarships worth 6,000 euros each are to be awarded by expert juries. Freelance musicians from the sphere of classical music, from early classical music to the early avant-garde, are eligible to apply for funding. Applications can be submitted between December 29, 2020 and January 17, 2021.