Get Up to €25,000 for Artists in the Goethe-Institut International Coproduction Fund 2021

If you are an artist, apply for the Goethe-Institut International Coproduction scheme to receive funding for coproduction with an international artist in your field. 

Selected artists will be granted sufficient resources to actualize their projects with their intercultural partners. 

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2020.


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Selected artists will 

  • Be allowed to request funding of up to €25,000. 
  • Have access to present the results of the project in a professional setting abroad


The coproduction fund scheme is open to professional artists from Germany and everywhere else around the world that are interested in collaborative artistic works(except Austria and Switzerland). 


  • The joint application which will be submitted by the foreign partner (living and working abroad) must clearly state that a cordial working relationship exists between the partners and that both parties are interested in putting together a dialogue-oriented production. 
  • The results of the joint project are to be presented in a professional setting abroad, if possible also in Germany.
  • The application should include a feasible financial plan which, in addition to third-party funding, should show the substantial contributions of all the project partners involved. 
  • The project partners have the task of doing active, broad-based public-relations work, in which the support from the Goethe Institut’s International Coproduction Fund should always be mentioned. 
  • Both partners should pay close attention to documenting the progress of the project with photos, videos, press reports and other modes of display to facilitate a presentation of the project on the website of the International Coproduction Fund.
  • Projects between German and non-European partners, in particular from transition countries, are preferred.
  • Applications for guest performance funding are not valid

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Application Instructions

You can apply for the International Coproduction Fund using an online form only available in English and to be submitted in English.

View this  blank application form for an example of the structure of the online form 

The online application form will be available here by the beginning of September(depending on the state of the pandemic).

About the Goethe-Institut International Coproduction Fund

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, globally active in promoting international cultural exchange.

The International Coproduction Fund was established to foster innovative genius artistic collaboration involving partnership with a view to reveal new forms of creativity in intercultural collaborations. 

The scheme is open to artists working in theatre, dance, music and performance art,  and basically professional artists abroad and in Germany, that lack sufficient resources to realize their coproduction project on their own.

The Goethe-Institut’s Culture Department is responsible for administering the International Coproduction Fund.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for application is 23:59 (CET – Time in Germany) by 15 October 2020.

The employees of the music and theatre/dance departments carefully examine all the applications received both on their formal criteria, as well as on their compliance with the objectives or award criteria of the International Coproduction Fund. 

Then, after the end of the application period, the applications that have been accepted will be submitted to an independent expert committee.

The five-member jury consists of alternating representatives of the advisory boards of the Goethe-Institut, international experts and a representative of the Goethe-Institut abroad.

The projects submitted should embrace only the performing arts (no outright film or exhibition projects). Selection criteria include:

  • Quality of the project
  • The relevance of the participating artists in their respective scenes
  • Budget indicating project partners’ contributions / third party funds and a solid financial plan
  • A balanced project partnership based on the artistic collaboration, not dominated by one partner
  • Realization of at least one performance outside Germany, if possible also one in Germany
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