Open Call 2023

Open Call: Month of Contemporary Music 2023

Dear Colleagues,

In 2023, the Month of Contemporary Music will once again present the unparalleled diversity of Berlin's contemporary music scene. The umbrella festival invites you to discover current works by Berlin ensembles, artists and composers in concerts, performances and sound installations – both in established concert halls and in independent venues.

The Month of Contemporary Music is curated by the scene itself: ensembles, festivals, venues and artists are invited to contribute events to the program. The inm / field notes only coordinates the individual events and administers cross-festival communication. Via the common framework of the Month of Contemporary Music, a wide range of activities can be adequately showcased and communicated to a broader public.

Warm regards,
inm – initiative neue musik berlin e.V. / field notes

Opening of the Month of Contemporary Music

Everyone can take part, everyone is welcome. This principle is important to us in covering the broad spectrum of positions. But since there is only one opening, it is inevitable at this point to make a selection for one project to represent the "Opening of the Month of Contemporary Music". Although we cannot participate financially in the project, the organizers benefit from the additional media attention of the Month of Contemporary Music. To guarantee a fair and transparent selection, the opening project will be chosen by the jury of the inm.

If you would like to submit an application for the opening of the Month of Contemporary Music, please take the following points into account:

Submission deadline: March 20, 2023, midnight (CET)


  • The event will take place between August 30st and September 3rd, 2023 (justification in case of deviation)

  • The venue is in Berlin

  • The venue has a capacity for at least 200 people (depending on the pandemic, this can be negotiated)

  • The MdzM has the option of holding a public reception before the event

  • A contingent of tickets can be provided for free or reduced tickets for VIPs and press invitations

Selection criteria

  • Musical quality, dramaturgical conclusiveness and degree of innovation of the concept

  • Professionalism of implementation

  • artistic activity in Berlin in the field of contemporary music

  • Corona strategy


  • Form with details of application star:in and project description (download)

  • LoI of the Venue

Please send us the documents via e-mail.

Participation in programming

Please let us know as soon as possible – by June 20th at the latest – whether you would like to participate in the Month of Contemporary Music with an event. Enter the event directly in the field notes calendar so that we can initiate the public relations measures as early as possible.

Planning calendar

We have been asked to reintroduce the planning calendar for better coordination (especially in the month of contemporary music). You can enter confirmed dates (green) and date options (yellow).

The more the calendar is used, the more helpful it is. So please feel free to pass on the information to your colleagues. For our part, we will make sure that the big festivals also enter their dates there.