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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.

Composers retreats in New York, Lofoten or North Jutland can be sought by all composers and songwriters who are members of Koda

Samsø & Berlin
The two retreats in Berlin and on Samsø can only be sought by DJBFA members.

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), and Lille Skiveren in North Jutland (selected weeks) and Samsø. Specific details and conditions for each retreat can be found here.

  • 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)

There are two annual application deadlines:

Apply by April 1st at 13 PM for retreats during the period 1 July to 31 December that year. 
Apply by October 1st at 13 PMfor retreats during the period 1 January – 30 June the following year.

we will open for applications about 3 weeks before deadline.

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

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.

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,

You cannot receive support for the same project from several pools under Koda Culture. This applies according to 6.D in our regulation. Find the regulation here.

This means that if you for example apply for publication, you can only receive support once for your publishing project. You cannot receive support for publication from both The Publishing pool, The Up-and-Coming Grant and The Recording/Release Grant at the same time. On the other hand, you will be able to receive support for other processes of the same project from other pools. For example, if you have received support for the recording/release part of your project, you can apply for support for the next phase of your project, e.g. for promoting your release or from the PR pools.  

We have pools that support the different processes that your project can go through. The processes can – from an overall point of view – be divided into:

  • Create (idea, clarification, writing)
  • Improve/develop (coaching, camps, education)
  • Release (record, mix, master)
  • 'Disseminate' (PR/marketing, concert production, fairs and exhibitions)

If you have any questions regarding the Work Grants, you are welcome to contact Simone Nowack Pedersen,

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