Goethe Talents Scholarship 2023

About Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut is a global cultural institute established by the Federal Republic of Germany that aims to promote cross-cultural exchange, education, and social dialogue. The institute also seeks to facilitate the teaching and learning of the German language in an international context. Since its inception over seventy years ago, the Goethe-Institut has played a vital role in fostering global cultural exchange, promoting the dissemination of German language, and facilitating the free development of science and culture.

The Pop-Kultur Festival collaborates with the Goethe-Institut to provide a range of opportunities for individuals to engage with Berlin’s Music City in the lead-up to the festival. These activities include studio visits, intensive jam sessions, short-term internships with select companies in Berlin’s creative industries, listening sessions, meetings with scholarship recipients of Musicboard Berlin GmbH and alumni from past editions of Goethe Talents, visiting concerts, and other related events.

Goethe Talents Scholarship 2023
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Goethe Talents Scholarship 2023

Aspiring young singers, composers, instrumentalists, and songwriters from transitioning or developing countries are welcome to apply for the Goethe Talents Scholarship program 2023 in Berlin, Germany, which will take place from August 24 to September 4.

The Goethe Talents Scholarship is a 12-day initiative that aims to provide assistance and networking opportunities to up-and-coming musicians, such as singer-songwriters and composers. This scholarship is a collaborative effort between “Pop-Kultur” and the Goethe-Institut and is set to take place for the eighth time. Depending on your experience level in your field, the Goethe Talents Scholarship can help you advance to the next level. Goethe Talents actively seeks talents from the Global South, North Africa, Central and West Asia.


The Goethe-Institut will cover your participation fee, to and fro travel expenses, hospitality (per diem), and accommodation cost throughout the programme, i.e, from 24 August to 4 September 2023.

The Goethe-Institut offers to take care of flight bookings and payments, while also providing assistance with visa-related matters. On top of that, Musicboard Berlin extends several benefits to the selected talents, including a complimentary Festival Ticket and access to Pop-Kultur’s professional networking area. The organization also takes charge of arranging accommodations with breakfast, covering health insurance, and providing public transportation within Berlin during the event.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Goethe Talents Scholarships programme, the applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Your age must be anywhere between 20 and 30 years to apply.
  • You must be from North Africa, Global South, Central Asia, West Asia
  • An advanced level of English is required (B2 minimum)
  • Experience working in the field of music (need to show at least 2 project proofs)
  • A motivated individual interested in working with a diverse group of individuals in the music production and performance field.

How to Apply?

Interested individuals must register for the program by completing the online application form.

Additional Requirements

  • To apply, all participants are required to prepare a brief input talk, which should be around 15 minutes long. The talk must cover their experiences in the field of music thus far and offer insights into their respective countries’ music scenes.
  • To participate in the program, you must possess advanced English language skills, with a minimum requirement of B2 level, as there will be no translation services provided. A local Goethe-Institut will conduct an assessment to evaluate your proficiency level.
  • You should have work experience in the music industry, and must provide proof of involvement in at least three projects.
  • Please note that you will be responsible for covering any additional expenses that may arise during your stay.
  • The program is only available for individual applicants; accompanying persons cannot be sponsored or included.
  • In the event that you do not board your flight or cancel on short notice, you will be obligated to reimburse Musicboard Berlin and the Goethe-Institut for any expenses incurred.
  • The program’s implementation is dependent on the prevailing local and global circumstances with regard to COVID-19 restrictions.

Closing Date

The application period for the program begins on 7 March 2023 and ends on 3 April 2023. A panel of experts will evaluate the applications and select 8 talented individuals for the program. Successful applicants will get a message for the same by the end of May.

The scholarship program will commence on August 24th, 2023, serving as the arrival day, and conclude on September 4th, 2023, serving as the departure day.

Contact Details

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