In Austria, there are many funding opportunities for music professionals. This article gives an overview on support programs of Austrian Music Export and international tour support in Austria. Additional this article contains useful web links, guidelines and brochures on the Austrian Music Industry.
Austrian Music Export Programs
Showcase Funding / International Tour Support
Showcase Funding / Funding of travel expenses, advertising costs, etc. up to a maximum of EUR 1.000 (non-repayable) in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Applications can be submitted by Austrian labels, publishing companies, producers and recording studios.
More information & application forms: www.musikfonds.at
Contact: Tatjana Domany
phone: +43 1 710 6000
Focus Acts Programs
Travel funding up to EUR 5.000 for international tours – endowed and processed through the Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture, Civil Service and Sport (BMKOES) .
The Focus Acts Program promotes international development of young local artists. Eligible applicants are Austrian musicians from the genres Pop / Rock / Electronic, new music, jazz & world music that have been selected as part of the activities of Austrian Music Export by international juries and festivals. Criteria for funding include the presence of international structures and business partners (booking, label, distribution, promotion, management) and a coherent export concept. Applicants must at the time of submission have at least ten international concerts arranged for the subsidized tour period. A travel fee of a maximum of EUR 5.000 can be applied for per act/solo artist/ensemble.
CURRENT CALL : Focus Acts 2022 – Deadline: February 6th, 2022
All information + documents to be submitted can be found here: Call for Proposals FOCUS ACTS 2022 Info Sheet (German PDF) + FOCUS ACTS 2022 Calculation Sheet (German Excel)
phone: +43 1 521 04 0
International Tour Support in the Framework of our Activities at Festivals or Showcase Events
Travel funding for musicians selected to perform at events like Eurosonic Noorderslag, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn Festival etc. and the festivals and events in our annual focus countries. In some cases we can also provide support for professionals travelling to these events.
phone: +43/1/521 04 51
phone: +43 /1/710 6000
Focus Marketing 2021
Call for Proposals: Austrian Music Export “FOCUS MARKETING 2021”
Domestic music creators (in all genres) as well as labels, publishers, management, agencies and other industry players are invited to apply for project funding under the Austrian Music Export “Focus Marketing” program. The deadline for submission is May 10, 2021.
The “FOCUS MARKETING” project funding is a new pilot project of Austrian Music Export, which aims to enable a professional international presentation of Austrian music in an environment currently characterized by event cancellations, work and travel restrictions as well as the cancellation of music fairs, showcase festivals and comparable platforms.
The international marketing of Austrian artists and their artistic projects is supported. Artists and their artistic projects, such as publications, tours or international collaborations. A focus will be placed on innovative approaches to communicate domestic repertoire to an international audience.
Download: Open Call AME Focus Marketing 2021 (PDF, German)
Applications must be made via email with all the necessary documents (see below) by May 10, 2021 at the latest: office(at)musicexport.at, subject: “AME Focus Marketing 2021”
Please submit a
- Completed and signed application form: AME Focus Marketing Application Form (PDF, German), also available as Microsoft Word .doc File (German)
- Completed and signed calculation form: AME Focus Marketing Calculation Form (PDF, German)
- Proof of permanent residence (Meldezettel Hauptwohnsitz, Gewerbeschein/Firmenbuchauszug, Vereinsregisterauszug)
Note: Funding for international marketing costs is also available via go international/Advantage Austria. The Digital Marketing Check offers support with a grant of 50% for online marketing costs for Austrian companies.
phone: +43/1/710 6000
phone: +43/1/521 04 51
More Options for International Funding Activities
International Tour Support
Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture, Civil Service and Sport (BMKOES)
The Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture, Civil Service and Sport (BMKOES) offers tour and travel support for Austrian musicians. You should at least apply three months in advance.
- Tour and travel support for Austrian music ensembles and musicians in Austria and abroad Next to information on your legal entity, submission should include: artistic CVs of the participating artists, detailed information about the program, a tour schedule, a Letter of intent from the organizer and a balanced detailed calculation. Also add sound examples and links to material published online.
- Travel grants for Austrian composers whose works are to be performed abroad Your submission should include: A copy of your residence registration form, an artistic CV, detailed information about the program, a travel itinerary, a Letter of intent from the organizer, a balanced detailed calculation, sound examples, DVD, links to material published online.
Please find and overview on the different funding programs for Music and Performing Arts here: BMKOES – Arts and Culture Division (Division IV)
Cultural Section of BMEIA
The global network of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs an act as a door opener for Austrian companies wishing to access new markets, provides local support and advocates corresponding international framework conditions for Austrian companies. In order to support cultural projects, the Cultural Section of BMEIA offers grants for cultural or scientific projects – at home and abroad.
Austrian Cultural Fora
The network of Austrian Cultural Fora abroad organizes cultural and scientific projects and acts as a service point for Austrian creative artists as well as scientists. They are oriented on the specific needs of its local users and partners and have sole responsibility as to the content of their programs.
Austrian Federal Provinces Some of Austria´s Federal Provinces provide services and information on grants and travel support. Have a look at our list compiled and regularly updated by mica – music austria.
Other Funding Opportunities for International Activities
Go International is an initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) to support export activities of Austrian small and medium-sized enterprises. Austrian exporters can receive direct financial support from go-international to meet targeted goals. All programs are managed through the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber’s International Department and trade promotion organization, ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA.
- go-international Program
- Overview of all funding opportunities
- Brochure on the Austrian Export Industry: Broschüre Österreichische Exportwirtschaft 2019/2020 (PDF)
- Guideline for the Digitization Check: Richtlinie zum Digitalisierungsscheck (PDF)
- Guideline for the Internationalization Check:Richtlinie zum Internationalisierungsscheck (PDF)
- Guideline for the Digital Marketing Check: Richtlinie zum Digital Marketing Scheck
- Sample application form: Musterantrag Internationalisierungsscheck (PDF)
VIENNA BUSINESS AGENCY
The Vienna Business Agency is the first address for national and international companies. It provides financial support, buildings and impulses for urban development as well as free service and advice. The Vienna Business Agency aims to strengthen Viennese companies and their innovativeness.
The Finnish Institute in Germany [Finnland-Institut Deutschland] promotes artistic cooperation between Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The TelepART program addresses aspiring talents in the field of performing arts (theatre, performance, circus, dance and music). What is special about the TelepART grant is that the funding will be made available to the artists within a short period of time.
I-Portunus: EU Mobility Scheme for Artists and Cultural Professionals
Calls for applications for the music and literary sectors are open.