Amplify Berlin is a residency program designed to support emerging Berlin-based musicians through mentorships with more established ones in order to facilitate creative development through guidance, a focused work environment and access to resources. This program has been initiated by Acud Macht Neu and is co-financed by the Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) and Musicboard Berlin. The program has been funded until 2021, with a total of 25 mentors and 50 mentees over the three-year period.
The program will take place at Kunsthaus ACUD in Berlin-Mitte which houses a club/concert space, a multidisciplinary discursive/performative space, a gallery, a cinema, a theater, Berlin Community Radio and the headquarters of the CTM Festival, amongst others. It is a vibrant creative, artistic community which has remained at this location for over 25 years. In 2017, the club, studio and gallery spaces alone hosted over 200 events.
During each one-month residency period, two emerging artists will receive feedback and advice from their mentor, work (together with their mentor and individually) in a private music studio with a range of equipment and software, develop/practice their live set in the ACUD club’s concert space with its professional stage, lighting and PA (with the opportunity to work with the assistance of a sound technician in both), as well as host a radio show on a web radio. They will be required to complete at least one track to be shared online and at the end of the month, they will play the live set they have prepared at a showcase event at ACUD Club, on a lineup alongside their mentor.
Applicants would be committing to a period of one month for their residency. Note that applicants should be Berlin-based and no accommodations are provided. Applicants are required to commit time to their development in the studio and club spaces at ACUD, in order to focus on their work and complete the program’s objectives. However, they are not required to be available every day of the month.
After the program is completed, the past residents will be invited to meet up regularly at events at ACUD, to continue the ongoing process of artistic development, professional growth and community building.