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Geothe-Institut: International Coproduction Fund For Artists In The Fields Of Theatre, Dance, Music And Performance Art

International coproductions epitomize a form of artistic collaboration involving partnership and dialogue. With a view to encouraging new collaborative working processes and innovative productions involving international cultural exchange, the Goethe-Institut set up a new coproduction fund in the summer of 2016 to promote new working networks and approaches within a global context and to explore new forms of intercultural collaboration.

This funding is intended for coproductions by artists in the fields of theatre, dance, music and performance art, in which hybrid and interdisciplinary formats and the use of digital media may be key components. The target group comprises professional artists and ensembles abroad and in Germany, which demonstrably lack sufficient resources to realize their coproduction project on their own.

With the International Coproduction Fund the Goethe-Institut would like to support the unrestricted international and intercultural exchange of artists and their ideas. The facilitation of such an exchange and the networking it spawns among the various players are equally as important as the productions resulting from the project.

The joint application, which must be submitted by the foreign partner (living and working abroad), must show clearly that good working contacts already exist between the partners and that both parties are interested in putting together a dialogue-oriented production. The Head Office of the Goethe-Institut recommends highly getting in touch with local Goethe-Instituts for questions about the development of applications.

The International Coproduction Fund promotes projects of a high artistic calibre and with considerable public impact. The results of the collaborative efforts are to be presented in a professional setting abroad, if possible also in Germany. An application should include a feasible financial plan which, in addition to third-party funding, should show the substantial contributions of all the project partners involved. The amount of funding requested should not exceed €25,000. 

Projects between German and non-European partners, in particular from transition countries, are preferred.

The project partners have the task of doing active, broad-based public-relations work, in which the support from the Goethe Institut’s International Coproduction Fund should always be mentioned. Both partners should pay close attention to documenting the progress of the project with photos, videos, press reports and other modes of display, in order to facilitate a presentation of the project on the website of the International Coproduction Fund.

Application deadlines and award criteria

The Goethe-Institut’s Culture Department is responsible for administering the International Coproduction Fund. The employees of the music and theatre/dance departments carefully examine all the applications received both on their formal criteria, as well as on their compliance with the objectives or award criteria of the International Coproduction Fund. Then, after the end of the application period, the applications that have been accepted will be submitted to an independent expert committee. The five-member jury consists of alternating representatives of the advisory boards of the Goethe-Institut, international experts and a representative of the Goethe-Institut abroad.


For projects with START in:

• 2021: October 15, 2020 as well as April 15, 2021

• 2022: October 15, 2021 as well as April 15, 2022

Award Criteria

• The projects submitted should embrace only the performing arts (no outright film or exhibition projects)

• Expected artistic quality of the project

• Relevance of the participating artists in their respective scenes

• Budget indicating project partners’ own contributions / third party funds and a solid financial plan

• A balanced project partnership based on the artistic collaboration, not dominated by one partner

• Realisation of at least one performance outside Germany, if possible also one in Germany

• Projects between German and non-European partners, especially from transition countries, will be preferred (applications from Austria and Switzerland cannot be considered)

• Applications for guest performance funding are not valid


 Applications that are submitted late or incomplete will not be processed (please have in mind that when submitting the application, an e-mail confirmation from the German co-producer will be requested; only then will your application be officially entered into the system and can be considered!).

General information

Applications to the International Coproduction Fund are made by electronic means using an online form. The application form is only available in English and applications can only be submitted in English.

This blank application form will give you an overview of the structure of the online form.

Blank application form (PDF, 236 kB)

This manual for the application form gives you information on the fields to be completed and the documents to be submitted. Please read the information thoroughly before you complete an application.

Explanations and checklist for the application (PDF, 104 kB)

We draw your attention to the applicable Data Protection.

The application deadline has expired. The next deadline is 15 October 2020 at 23:59 (CET – Time in Germany). The online application form will be available again at the beginning of September*.

*Subject to change due to Corona crisis. Please remain attentive to the corresponding notes on our site.

Further information

• Download;

Guideline Project Description (PDF, 90 kB)

Model 1 Finance plan (PDF, 91 kB)

Model 2 Finance plan (PDF, 36 kB)

Template Finance Plan (Excel Download)

Fiche d’information sur le fonds et sur l’application (PDF, 123 kB)

Hoja Informativa sobre el fondo y sobre la aplicación (PDF, 128 kB)

Информационный листок о Фонде и о заявке (PDF, 195 kB)

• Contact


• Or visit Geothe-Institut: International Coproduction Fund

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