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Composers’ retreats

The purpose of the retreats is to give composers and songwriters opportunities to seek new inspiration in a new setting – and to find the peace and quiet required to create new music. The retreats take place in specially selected properties in Denmark and abroad.

Who can apply?

All composers and songwriters who are members of Koda can apply for a one-week Composers’ retreat.

What can I apply for?

The Composers’ retreat grant gives composers and songwriters a possibility for one-week working retreats in properties located around the world. All retreats must involve working with specific, actual compositions.

Each retreat has a duration of one week.

Retreats are available in New York (every week of the year), Lofoten (selected weeks), Lille Skiveren in North Jutland (selected weeks) and Klitgaarden in Skagen (every week of the year). Specific details and conditions for each retreat can be found here.

What must I include in my application?

  • State the period requested – state which week(s) you would like and rank them in order of importance. You can request up to three weeks all in all, but you cannot stay in any of the individual retreats for more than one week. You are very welcome to state whether any other weeks than your three main priorities would also be suitable to you.
  • State the purpose of your retreat and the expected outcome (ten lines or less).
  • Describe your work as a composer (ten lines or less)

When is the deadline?

There are two annual application deadlines:

Apply by 1 April at 12 noon for retreats during the period 1 July to 31 December that year. 
Apply by 1 October at 12 noon for retreats during the period 1 January – 30 June the following year.

The next application deadline is 1 April 2020 at 12 noon (applications can be submitted from 2 March 2020).

Who will evaluate my application?

The retreats are allocated by a committee set up by the board of directors of DJBFA.

Details about the funding

If you are awarded a one-week stay at a retreat, you will need to pay a small share of the costs yourself: DKK 1,000. You must pay your travel costs yourself. The stay itself is free; for some retreat’s meals are included too. For details, check out the individual retreats here.

When can I expect a reply?

You will receive a reply approximately one month after the application deadline.

Managed by DJBFA

If you have any questions regarding the Composers’ Retreats grant, you are welcome to contact Martin Hjorth Frederiksen,

If you have any questions regarding the technicalities of your application, please contact Koda,