Meet the Jury: Impuls neue Musik

The application deadline for the German-French-Swiss Fund for Contemporary Music Impulse neue Musik is on June 1st, 2022. If you still have questions about the funding program, “Meet The Jury” is the right place for you: In the info event, we will present the funding program and a member of the respective jury will answer your questions about the application process and the funding criteria. On May 16, Sophie Aumüller, director of “Impuls neue Musik,” and Bernhard Günther, who was appointed to the jury in 2018, will be our guests to introduce the fund and report from the jury’s work.

Bernhard Günther has been Artistic Director of the Wien Modern Festival since 2016. 2012–2022 leitete er ebenfalls das 2015 erstmals an die Öffentlichkeit getretene Festival ZeitRäume Basel – Biennale für neue Musik und Architektur, 2004–2016 war er als Chefdramaturg der Philharmonie Luxembourg u.a. für das Festival rainy days verantwortlich. Nach unvollendeten Studien an der Musikhochschule Lübeck (Violoncello) und der Universität Wien (Musikwissenschaft, Theaterwissenschaft, Sprachwissenschaft u.a.) kam er 1994 als Herausgeber des Lexikons zeitgenössischer Musik aus Österreich ans mica – music information center austria, wo er bis 2004 als Kurator und stellvertretender Geschäftsführer tätig war. As a passionate visitor and organizer of concerts in a wide variety of genres and formats, as an author, editor, dramaturge and curator for various publishers, media and event organizers, as a jury member (including the Kranichsteiner Music Prize, German Music Council, Impuls neue Musik) and as an occasional musician, he has been intensively involved with new music and its environment for over 25 years.

Sophie Aumüller, born in Munich, studied Romance philology in Freiburg, Berlin and Paris. Zunächst arbeitete sie als Redakteurin, Übersetzerin und Lektorin im Literatur- und Filmbereich, seit 2004 ist sie im Bereich Musik tätig. 2008 Gründung des Festivals Shared Sounds im Berliner Radialsystem V, das dort bis 2010 stattfand. 2011 Co-initiator and artistic director of the vocal festival chor@berlin. Since 2011 director of the German-French-Swiss Fund for Contemporary Music / Impuls neue Musik. Zahlreiche Jurytätigkeiten, zuletzt Spartenoffene Förderung des Berliner Senats (bis 2021) und Ensembleförderung Musik von NRW.

Mon, May 16, 2022 from 16–17:30 in German spoken language.

We ask for binding registrations via this link.

The digital workshops are aimed at artists from the independent contemporary music scene in Cologne and Berlin and are free of charge.

About ONpaper

In this year’s online workshop series Onpaper, which we are again organizing together with the initiative neue musik / field notes experts will teach basic skills for working in the independent scene.

Under the heading »Application Fitness« we will get you ready for project funding in the spring. In addition to classic workshops with introductions to the funding landscapes of Berlin and Cologne, to writing applications, or to accounting, this year we are also building on new formats and offering Meet the Jury, regular funding regulars’ tables, or sessions on writing applications together.

Although the independent scene defines itself in part precisely by breaking away from hierarchical ways of working that widely encourage the abuse of power and racism, it is not exempt from structural exclusion either. On the contrary, it lacks diverse perspectives and non-normative bodies, attitudes, narratives, and aesthetics. With workshops on anti-racism and diversity development, we would like to accompany the scene in this process of opening up, sensitize it to blind spots, and facilitate access to the scene for marginalized people with empowerment offers.

A third module on press and public relations, audience development, and profile building and management will provide concrete assistance in the development and implementation of projects.

Unfortunately, the online workshop is not accessible at all levels. We will make every effort to accommodate different needs and adapt the workshop if you provide us with appropriate information in the registration.

The workshop series will be continued after the summer break. We will announce the program in the course of the next months. Please feel free to contact us with your ideas or suggestions at or

The inm – initiative neue musik berlin e.V. is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the program Strengthening Innovation Potential in Culture (INP).

ON – Neue Musik Köln is supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.