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In Austria, there are many funding opportunities for music professionals. This article gives an overview on support programmes of Austrian Music Export and international tour support in Austria. Additional this article contains useful weblinks, guidelines and brochures on the Austrian Music Industry.

Austrian Music Export Programmes

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

Tatjana Domany
email: tatjana.domany[AT]musikfonds.at
phone: +43 1 710 6000

Focus Acts Programmes

Travel funding up to EUR 5.000 for international tours – endowed and processed through the Austrian Federal Chancellery.

The Focus Acts Programme 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. 

Franz Hergovich
email: hergovich[AT]musicaustria.at
phone: +43 1 521 04 51

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.

Franz Hergovich
email: hergovich[AT]musicaustria.at
phone: +43/1/521 04 51

Tatjana Domany
email: tatjana.domany[AT]musikfonds.at
phone: +43 /1/710 6000

More Options for International Funding Activities

International Tour Support

Federal Chancellery of Austria (BKA)
The BKA (Federal Chancellery of Austria) offers tour and travel support for Austrian musicians. You should at least apply three months in advance.

Please find and overview on the different funding programmes for Music and Performing Arts here: BKA – Arts and Culture Division (Abt. II)

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 programmes.

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 Internationalisierungsagentur der österreichischen Wirtschaft (WKO) and the Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) to support export activities of Austrian small and medium-sized enterprises for positioning abroad.

Further Information:


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.

Vienna Business Agency 
Guide on internationalisation initiatives (PDF)

TelepART grant

The Finnish Institute in Germany [Finnland-Institut Deutschland] promotes artistic cooperation between Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The TelepART programme 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.

Link: Finnland-Institut Deutschland