Goethe Talents Scholarship South Africa 2024

Goethe Talents Scholarship South Africa 2024

Closing date02 April 2024
About the sponsorThe Goethe-Institut is a non-profit German cultural association operational worldwide with 159 institutes, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations.
Pop-Kultur is an international festival taking place in Berlin, Germany each year. The festival is built around three elements: Live events (music performances, readings and film screenings); Talent program (Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs, which connects young talents from around the world with established artists); and Networking (which brings together key figures in the local and international creative industries in a casual setting).
The 2024 Pop-Kultur Festival will be the 10th time that Pop-Kultur and the Goethe-Institut are awarding scholarships to young musicians from the Global South, North Africa-West Asia (NAWA) and (Central) Asia. Students will have the opportunity to swap their home base for the musical metropolis of Berlin for twelve action-packed days.
DetailsPop-Kultur Festival in cooperation with Goethe-Institut, is inviting students to apply for the Goethe Talents Scholarship programme, a 12-day programme to support and connect young, aspiring musical artists including singer-songwriters and composers.
The 2024 scholarship will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 22 August to 2 September 2024.
Scholarships will be awarded to young musicians, composers, singer-songwriters and/or instrumentalists from transitioning or developing countries, which includes South Africa (see the DAC List of ODA Recipients here).
Students will be engaged in a range of activities to experience the music scene in Berlin before the festival begins, through studio visits, intensive jam sessions, short traineeships in selected companies of Berlin’s creative industries, listening sessions. Meetings will also be conducted with scholarship holders of Musicboard Berlin GmbH and former alumni of past Goethe Talents editions, visiting concerts and other activities.

The scholarship will provide cover for the following expenses: participation fee, accommodation, travel expenses, hospitality (per diem), flights and will help with visa appointments.
Scholars will also receive the following benefits:
Musicboard Berlin will provide a free festival ticket and access to Pop-Kultur’s networking area for professionals to all talents, organise accommodation (breakfast included), cover health insurance and public transportation within Berlin.
The opportunity to network, with focus on studio times, which will give the selected participants the opportunity to engage in direct acoustic exchange in order to learn from and with each other.
Scholars will also join the Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs programme, from 28 to 30 August in Berlin, where international professionals will give personal insights into their work and share knowledge through workshops, case studies and talks with participants.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
You must be from a DAC country (including African countries, Latin America and particular Asian countries)
You must be between the ages of 20 and 30 years old
You must be a musician, composer, singer-songwriter and/or instrumentalist
You must play any type of musical instrument (from Oud to Drums) and any musical Genre
You must wish to work professionally in the music field or to make your musical talent more target-oriented
You must wish to share your experiences in playing music in a group
You must wish to work professionally in the music field and industry and extend your networks
You must have work experience in the field of music, with proof of at least 3 projects you took part in
You must have Advanced English skills (at least a level B2 – find the English levels here and complete the FREE English proficiency test here
You must read and agree to all the terms of the scholarship

Applications must be submitted online at: Goethe Talents Scholarship Application 2024
Scroll to the bottom of the page to complete your registration.

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):
Portrait photo of yourself
Your Work (Bio, Influences etc.)
Why you are interested in the Goethe talents program and would you like to participate
3 or more projects/ pieces of your creative work/completed projects
Link to your live performance
Short input talk about your experience in the music field thus far and about the music scene in your country (approximately 15 minutes long)
South Africa
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