Call for Projects

Dear Colleagues,

In 2021, the Month of Contemporary Music will once again present the unparalleled diversity of Berlin's contemporary music scene. Current works by Berlin ensembles, artists and composers can be discovered 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 our diversity can be 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. This year's Call for Projects begins in mid-August, which means that the festival period may move a few weeks into summer when there are fewer competing events in the Berlin cultural calendar. 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 22, 2021, midnight (Berlin time)


  • The event will take place between August 13th and September 5th, 2021
  • The venue is in Berlin
  • The venue has a capacity for at least 250 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

  • Dramaturgical conclusiveness and degree of innovation of the concept
  • Professionalism of implementation
  • artistic activity in Berlin in the field of contemporary music
  • Audience development concept
  • Corona strategy


  • Project description
  • List of participating artists
  • Venue certificate
  • Weblinks
  • Music examples

Application Form

Participation in programming

Please let us know as soon as possible – by April 30th 2021 at the latest – whether you would like to participate in the Month of Contemporary Music with an event and become a partner of the MdzM. Fill out the registration form with all relevant information about the program or enter the event directly in the field notes calendar so that we can initiate the public relations measures as early as possible.

For the registration we ask for the following information:

  • Title of the event
  • Subtitle of the event: as part of / concert series / etc.
  • Project description: 400 characters including spaces
  • Program: composer: »work« additional information (premiere, year)
  • Cast: List of all participating artists and contributors with full names and roles
  • Dates and times

Application Form