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Up-and-Coming Grant

The Up and Coming Grant supports songwriters and composers early in their careers to ensure the continued development of musical life in Denmark. The pool has a particular focus on developing potential and on supporting projects that are not yet ready to seek support from one of the professionally specific pools under the cultural funds.

Up and Coming Grant supports significant and innovative contributions to Danish music, where it can be difficult to recover the costs through sales, etc. and in cases where authors have not had the opportunity to make a living from their artistic work. The funds the Up-and-coming Grant is based on is made up both of a share of cultural funds and of revenue from the sale of glossy copy media.
Below you can read about everything you need to know before seeking support from Koda Up and Coming Grant.

You can also watch a video with information about the Up and Coming Grant here.

Anonymization of applicants.

As something new, all applicants for the publication pool will be treated anonymously by the committee. This means that our selection cannot see who you are. We therefore also encourage you not to use your name in the actual project description etc.


Note: We will open for the receipt of applications for the next round on 26th July 2023

Up and Coming Grant can be sought by talented young songwriters and composers who meet these criteria:

  • are under 35 years of age
  • have been a member of Koda for a maximum of 5 years from the date of registration or who are not yet members of Koda.
  • must have a connection to the Danish music scene. 

Applicants in all genres can apply. Emphasis will be placed on the potential of the project in its field.

Up and Coming Grant supports expenditure on specific projects relating to songwriters and composers' own works* and works at work at and abroad.

  • Publishing. Supports the cost of publishing newly created music, including recording, mixing and mastering (CD, vinyl and digital releases) as well as musician fees, producer and studiorent.

    NB! Please note that vinyl printing should initially be sought as PR and Marketing. There may be a few and rare cases where vinyl may have an entitlement as an expense item related to a release. Here vinyl printing must be justified in the application.

  • Work grant. Work grants are personal scholarships designed to support the work of a composer or songwriter. Work grants are given as a financial grant to immerse yourself in the work of writing/composing music.

    NB! Please note that you may only apply for one work grant at a time. This means that if you have an open application where you have applied but not yet received a reply, you may not seek other work grant under Koda Kultur.

  • Concerts. Supports concert planning, setup, engineering and transportation costs etc. Booking agreements must be attached.

  • Marketing and promotion. Supports the cost of producing video material, artwork and SoMe in connection with, among other things, the production of video material, artwork and SoMe. promotion of publications. The finished master must be attached to the application. If there is no such case, it shall be justified in the application.

  • Education. Supports voice training, singing lessons, mentorship in relation to compositional talent development and other shorter non-SU eligible training courses.

    A description of the mentor or teacher (CV and mentor/teacher confirmation) must be attached if you are looking for mentorship, private teaching or documenting participation in any trainingcourse/course if you are applying for training.

  • Networking. Includes activities where music is brought closer to a network of professionals who can help emerging composers and songwriters on the way: Including, for example, participation in festivals in the form of music showcases such as SPOT, Iceland airwaves, Canadian music week or Reeperbahn and Womex.
    In order to apply a festival ticket or a booking agreement must be uploaded to the application. 

*Own works means works in which the applicant is the author of all or part of the work. If individual works are included in the application which are not the applicant's own (e.g. cover, arrangements or processing of other people's works), the application must be justified and will form part of the assessment. A permit or power of attorney must also be uploaded.


  • Festivals
  • Equipment
  • Manager applications
  • Free music and music of other rights holders

As something new, all applicants for the Up and Coming Grant will be treated anonymously by the committee. This means that our grant committee cannot see who you are. We therefore also encourage you not to use your name in the actual project description etc.

  • To be completed in the application form (online)

    • Project Description (1200 characters)
    • Detailed marketing plan (pr and marketing applications only)
    • Introduction to you and your work as a composer and songwriter/or your band (800 characters)
    • Development plan (500 characters)
    • Budget (does not apply to work grants)
    • Schedule

    Uploaded to the application in the application form (online)

    • Music files in mp3 format and/or m4a format - it is a requirement that at least one audio file is attached
    • Links to your music - in addition to audio files. If you link to your music, you may not require login to play.
    • Remember to provide composer, lyricist, title, year, and description (demo, previous release, untitled recording, etc.)
    • Confirmation and CV from the mentor/teacher (if applied for teaching)
    • Festival ticket or booking appointment (if applied for networking)

    NB! Make sure NOT to change the name of playlists before the application is finalized, as the link may become inactive and may lead to a rejection of your application.

The Up and Coming Grant has two annual application deadlines.

Next deadline:

15th february
22th august

Note: We will open for the receipt of applications 3 weeks before deadline. 

Applications to Vækstlagspuljen are processed by a distribution committee. In 2023/2024, the committee consists of:

  • Raymonde Gaunoux (udpeget af Autor)
  • Alexandra Hallen (udpeget af DKF)
  • Claus Frovin (udpeget af DPA)
  • Katarina Madsen (udpeget af Musikforlæggerne)

All inquiries regarding your application must be made to the administrative staff of the organisation you have applied. Contacting a committee member is considered an improper attempt to influence the processing of your application and may be a reason for rejection.

As a rule, aid is given between DKK 5,000 and DKK 20,000. 
You will not receive more than you have applied for. 

To have your grant support transferred, you must upload documentation that your project has been completed to your application before the deadline.

What documentation is required can be found in your grant letter.

You can read more about the payment of support here.

Applicants will receive an answer just under 3 months after the application deadline. When refusing, one must be prepared for the fact that individual justifications are not given.


  • 2 different projects can be applied for per round of grants (e.g., band release and solo project)
  • If for instance there has been granted for publication, you cannot apply for production fee for the same publication in a new handout
  • If it has been granted for e.g., publishing, it is possible to apply for support for e.g., promotion of the same publication in another handout
  • A total of 5 appropriations can be obtained from the Up and Coming Grant

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 about the Up and Coming Grant, please contact Koda