UPDATE: Applications for this scholarship are now closed, please see our other scholarships & bursaries.
It’s with great excitement that we announce a brand new scholarship here at BIMM Berlin, in association with our partners, Fritz radio.
The Fritz Scholarship is available to BA (Hons) Songwriting course students who are German resident citizens, and will be promoted via the Fritz Unsigned radio show presented by Christoph Schrag, which runs every Sunday from 5pm to 8pm.
The show is Germany’s only radio programme to dedicate three hours a week to locally and nationally produced unsigned music, both by playing recordings by new artists, as well as having them perform live in the studio. Listeners are regularly encouraged to upload their own tracks via the Fritz website for inclusion on the Fritz Unsigned playlist. The show has launched the careers of many well-known German acts, including Kraftklub, Bonaparte, Mighty Oaks, and Max Prosa.
To be considered for the Fritz Scholarship, Fritz listeners/songwriters will be invited to submit a track to BIMM Berlin online, and complete a full application for both the BIMM Berlin Songwriting degree and the Scholarship. Submissions will be open from Sunday 28th June to Sunday 12th July 2015, with the eligible applicants narrowed down to a shortlist of five shortly afterwards. The final five will have their tracks played on air, and the Scholarship winner will be selected by a panel of judges on Sunday 26th July.
The Fritz Unsigned radio show has received wide praise from the music industry for keeping its finger well and truly on the pulse of the German music scene, and for its ability to identify hugely talented up-and-coming musicians. Label Manager of Motor Music, Christian Goebel, says: “Listening to Fritz Unsigned is part of my homework as an A&R manager”, while Berlin band Team Amateur acknowledge that “without Fritz Unsigned, we wouldn’t have found our label partners.”
Five-piece indie rock band, Kraftklub, believe that without having the show as a platform for their music, their debut album ‘Mit K’ probably wouldn’t have shot straight in at No. 1 on the German album charts upon release in 2012: “Fritz Unsigned was the first time someone let us on air. We only had a self-produced EP and that was what we played. We’re still very grateful for that.”
To apply for the BIMM Berlin Fritz Scholarship, please submit your song to BIMM online before Sunday 12th July, or for more information, email email@example.com