The international and interdisciplinary residency programm is an integral part of HELLERAU and offers artists the opportunity to deepen their own working methods and develop concentrated projects. In addition to the residency flats, studios, project rooms and the cultural garden behind the Festspielhaus are available for research, rehearsal and experimentation. Temporary communities are formed between the resident artists, they network with other artists in the house, with the regional art scene and other cultural actors, and they meet an interested audience in open studios, at shows and workshops.
In a season, around 100 artists become part of the residency program. Some of the artists are introduced here.
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Residencies are experiences of difference: At a distance from their local environments, artists devote themselves to an object of research in a specific place for a period of time freed from economic constraints. This practice of artistic production at HELLERAU is already linked to the founding idea: The garden city conceived at the beginning of the 20th century and the Festspielhaus Hellerau were founded as a response to industrialisation and the changes in working and living conditions, as a joint project of industry, research and art. Today, too, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts sees itself as an artistic laboratory of the present that focuses on processes of social transformation.
The international and interdisciplinary residency programme is an integral part of HELLERAU and offers artists the opportunity to deepen their own working methods and to develop concentrated projects. In addition to the residency flats, studios, project rooms and the cultural garden behind the Festspielhaus are available for research, rehearsal and experimentation. Temporary communities are formed between the resident artists, they network with other artists in the house, with the regional art scene and other cultural actors, and they meet an interested audience in open studios, at shows and workshops.
In the age of digital transformation processes, HELLERAU is establishing a platform for artistic research and experimentation in co-productions with Ars Electronica, ZKM | Karlsruhe and MUTEK, among others: HYBRID. Here, HYBRID resident artists critically examine digital transformation processes.
Numerous artists around the world are also currently dealing with questions about the future of planet Earth, the ecological crisis and the relationship between humans and the environment. With the “Artist-in-Garden-Residency: Environment”, HELLERAU offers space and time to explore these issues artistically.
HELLERAU enters into various partnerships for residencies and works on the continuous networking of cultural institutions for cultural producers: In cooperation with Goethe-Institut, Institut Français, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Portraits, Les SUBS, POCHEN Biennale, Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden, TANZPAKT Dresden and Musicboard Berlin among others.
HELLERAU is a member of the Working Group of German International Residency Programmes, which brings together representatives of around 20 cultural institutions active in Germany and abroad.
Unsolicited applications can only be processed if capacities are available. Open calls are communicated via our newsletter.
In cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, the Musicboard Berlin will award two three-week domestic residencies in 2022 to Berlin solo musicians, duos, groups or bands from the pop-cultural, interdisciplinary field. The residencies in HELLERAU, Dresden offer an international, collaborative and interdisciplinary working atmosphere. In addition to working on their own artistic projects, there are opportunities to network with the local scene as well as other artists from the fields of dance, theatre, performance, music and media art from HELLERAU’s internationally oriented residency programme. The residencies at HELLERAU are aimed at artists from all genres of pop music, i.e. all genres and varieties that cannot be clearly classified as classical or new music or jazz. This also includes all forms of cross-genre and experimental pop music.
Eligible to apply are:
- Musicians who live and work in Berlin.
- Musicians of all genres of pop music who stand out for their special creative achievements and professional work.
- Musicians who possess a high degree of independence and initiative.
- Musicians who are open to interdisciplinary exchange.
- Musicians who have a valid vaccination against SARS-CoV-2.
Two residencies of three weeks each will be offered in autumn/winter 2022. The periods are fixed, they cannot be shortened or postponed. It is possible to apply for both periods. Residency I is suitable for solo artists, duos, groups or bands (maximum 3 persons). Residency II is suitable for solo artists. The presence of the resident in Dresden during the entire residency period is required.
Please indicate your availability or preferred residency period in the free text field of the application form.
Residence I: 1-3 persons / 24.10. – 13.11.2022
Residence II: 1 person / 14.11. – 04.12.2022
HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts is a stage for interdisciplinary co-productions and guest performances in Dresden. HELLERAU promotes debates on art and society with thematic focuses, festivals and diverse audience formats. Within the framework of its residency programme, HELLERAU creates opportunities for artistic research, the deepening of working methods and the development of projects.
During the residency, the artists have access to individual flats with shared kitchens, various working studios and a large garden for rehearsing, experimenting and training. Residents can receive on-site technical support as needed. There is no permanent recording studio in the house and there is limited technical equipment available, but HELLERAU offers various rooms in consultation with the resident artists that can be equipped and used accordingly. During the residencies, the artists are supported by mentors in the development of their own projects and artistic careers and gain access to relevant networks. In addition, the residents can expect a varied programme on the HELLERAU stage.
The Musicboard assumes:
- the costs of travel to and from the festival, accommodation, project and rehearsal space, mentoring, attendance at events at HELLERAU as well as support from technical staff and the provision of equipment
- a weekly stipend of 250 euros per person
- a one-off project cost subsidy of 500 euros per residency
The following information and documents must be submitted in German or English exclusively via the digital application form, which can be accessed via the button at the bottom of this page:
- Completed application form
- Letter of motivation
- including a description and justification of the planned artistic project within the framework of the residency, maximum length of two A4 pages
- Indication of the preferred residency period
- in the free text field for the ‘project proposal
- Artistic curriculum vitae
- including a list of artistic milestones such as performances, concerts, productions, publications, collaborations, awards and prizes
- three music samples
- to be submitted as mp3 upload
- Scan of the confirmation of registration or identity card (front and back)
- showing the place of residence in Berlin; in the case of bands, proof of the applicant band member is sufficient.
- for nationals from non-EU countries: Copy of passport
- including sheets on residence permit, length of stay and permitted activity; for bands, proof of the applicant band member is sufficient.
Applicants may apply for more than one residency per funding round. In this case, separate applications must be submitted. It is compulsory to write an informative letter of motivation for each residency.
Only complete documents can be processed or considered. All information will be treated confidentially and will only be used for decision-making and funding purposes. The applicant consents to the publication of individual relevant data in the event of funding.
The residencies are awarded by Musicboard Berlin GmbH on the recommendation of an independent jury of experts and connoisseurs of the Berlin music scene and in consultation with the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. As a rule, jury members are appointed for a period of three years. In 2022, the jury for the Scholarships & Residencies programme will be composed as follows:
- Julia Lorenz, Music journalist and author
- Katja Lucker, Managing Director Musicboard Berlin GmbH
- Pamela Owusu-Brenyah, A&R, music consultant and curator Pop-Kultur Festival
- Sarah Farina, DJ and producer
- Thien Nguyen, Label operator, DJ, music and film producer
With #TakeHeart, the Performing Arts Fund is continuing its comprehensive funding measures within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR – the rescue and future package for the cultural and media sector financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). The aim of the new programme lines is to mitigate the effects of the Corona pandemic in the cultural sector, to promote the resumption of cultural life in Germany, and to provide artists with planning security and at the same time forward-looking perspectives for the development of the independent performing arts.
The residency funding follows on from the previous scholarship-type funding programmes of the Fund and is aimed at independent artists, groups and people who work as curators in the independent performing arts. The aim is to sustainably stabilise, develop and strengthen for the future the connections to dance and theatre houses that are so important for many artists who have been working professionally for many years.
In addition, graduates of artistic and art-scientific courses of study who have graduated since 2019, whose career entry has been made more difficult by the pandemic, are specifically targeted, as they are particularly dependent on the establishment of connections to artistic production venues and qualified support from these at the beginning of their artistic career in the independent performing arts.
The #TakeHeart residency funding therefore focuses on all of these connections through the funding of residencies and promotes open-ended artistic work at around 40 production venues spread throughout the Federal Republic, which are united in three nationwide networks. These include the Alliance of International Production Houses.
The residency funding is a funding programme of the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V. within the framework of the programme Neustart Kultur: #TakeHeart supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
As part of NEUSTART KULTUR – the economic stimulus package financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media to preserve and stabilise the multifaceted independent performing arts – the Performing Arts Fund is launching the comprehensive #TakeThat package of measures.
#TakeThat comprises a total of 11 programmes aimed at independent artists/groups of all disciplines as well as production venues and festivals of the independent scene in Germany. This also includes #TakeCareResidencies, which is realised by the Alliance of International Production Houses, among others.
In addition, the AUTONOM and GLOBAL VILLAGES PROJECTS programmes as well as the conception funding complement the funding offers of the Performing Arts Fund. Applications for the first #TakeThat programmes can be submitted from 1 October 2020. An overview of all funding programmes can be found here.
Funded by the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V. as part of the programme Neustart Kultur: #TakeThat, supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.