The purpose of the Up-and-Coming grant is to support songwriters and composers who are still in the early stages of their careers in order to ensure the continued development of the music scene in Denmark. This grant scheme puts particular emphasis on nurturing potential and on supporting projects that are not yet ready to apply for support from more specific, professionally demanding grants under the auspices of Koda’s cultural contributions.
The Up-and-Coming grant supports significant and innovative contributions to Danish music that would, in all likelihood, struggle to cover the costs involved through commercial sales, etc., and offers support in cases where the authors have not yet been able to make a living from their artistic endeavours.
The Up-and-Coming grant is based partly on a share of Koda’s cultural contributions, partly on revenues generated from levies on the sale of blank media.
Who can apply?
The Up-and-Coming Grant welcomes applications from songwriters and composers who are still within the first five years of their Koda membership (dating from the day they joined) and from songwriters and composers who are not yet members of Koda. If you do not meet these criteria, your application may be rejected outright.
What can I apply for?
The Up-and-Coming Grant supports expenses associated with specific projects relating to songwriters’ and composers’ own music and activities in Denmark and abroad. You can apply for the same project only once, but you can apply for two different projects per application round. You can include several different items of expenditure within the scope of a single project and application. You can apply for funding for the following purposes:
Releases. This includes recording, mixing, mastering, musician’s fees, the production of physical media (CD, LP etc.) and so on
Working grants. Expenses related to the creative process
Concerts. This includes expenses for concert planning, setup, engineering, shipping, transport, etc.
Marketing and promotion. This includes expenses for the production of video material, artwork, etc.
What must I include in my application?
An application/project description
An introduction to you and your work as a composer and songwriter (one page or less)
Music files, mp3 format and/or m4a-format. Alternatively, you may provide links. Include information on the composer, lyricist, title, year, etc. If you provide links, these should direct the recipient to services that do not require a login.
When is the deadline?
The Up-and-Coming grant accepts applications twice a year. In 2021, the application deadlines are:
23 March 2021 at 15.00 and 28 September 2021 at 15.00.
You can apply for next deadline from 2 March until 23 March 2021.
Who will assess my application?
Applications for the Up-and-Coming grant will be processed by an allocation committee. In 2019/2020, the committee comprises:
Victor Dybbroe (appointed by DJBFA)
Rachel Yatzkan (appointed by DKF)
Andrea Lonardo Martini (appointed by DPA)
Mette Zähringer (appointed by Musikforlæggerne)
All inquiries regarding your application must be made to the administrative staff of the organisation to which your application is directed. Contacting a committee member will be considered an undue attempt to influence the processing of your application, and may cause your application to be rejected outright.
Details about the funding
Generally speaking, the grants awarded range between DKK 5,000 and DKK 20,000. You can receive the Up-and-Coming grant a maximum of five times in all. In order to receive your funding, you must present documentation for the expenses incurred. Your project must be completed and the grant paid out within one year after the application deadline.
When can I expect a reply?
Applicants will receive a reply approximately 3 months after the application deadline. If your application is rejected, please be aware that no individual explanation for the committee’s refusal will be given.
Managed by Koda
If you have any questions regarding the Up-and-Coming grant, you are welcome to contact Koda, firstname.lastname@example.org