Border Movement Residency

BMR: Berlin 2018
Where: Berlin, Germany
What: There are 3 residencies in 2018 that South Asian artists can apply for
When: #1 May-June / #2 July-August / #3 September-October
Application opens: Thursday 1 February 2018
Application deadline: Thursday 15 March 2018

A link to the application form can be found here.
Full details about how to apply, eligibility criteria and FAQ´s can be found below.

BMR is a unique tailor made residency program in partnership with Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin. 2016 and 2017 saw BMR host 3 South Asian artists in Berlin and 2 German artists in South Asia. 2018 will again see BMR invite 3 more artists from South Asia to participate in 3 residencies. Successful artists will be selected via a call to application.

Residency program in Berlin – BMR: Berlin
Border Movement will cover all travel, accommodation, food and production costs for this project.
Successful South Asian participants will be invited to spend two months in Berlin to take part in an all-expenses paid tailored residency program that will see the artist meet and collaborate with local artists, undertake music production master classes, interact with local labels and music businesses and get the opportunity to play gigs in Berlin. Each residency will be shaped around the individual needs of each successful applicant creating a unique residency opportunity.

Residency program for German artists – BMR: South Asia
Selected German artists will be invited to spend up to two months in a city in South Asia to participate in a bespoke residency program that will see the participant interact and collaborate with the local scene.

The program will call for applications and participants will be selected by a four-member jury, representing the four partner organisations. The application process is being managed by Musicboard Berlin – head here for more information. Deadline for applications is March 15 2018.

Each BMR residency will be documented and presented on and social media channels which will feature regular articles, visual diaries and posts by the artist and local writers.

Applicants must be between 18 – 40 years old during the residency dates. Applicants are required to be residents of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Nepal or the Maldives for BMR: Berlin. For BMR: South Asia, applicants are required to be residents of Germany.

Who can apply?
BMR encourages musicians from all backgrounds and genres to apply. Applicants are not required to have had any formal training and we are especially interested in musicians who double up as promoters, bookers, label owners, bloggers, journalists, writers, instrument builders, videographers, musicologists and educators.

How to apply
Download BMR Application Form
Via e-mail to:
*It is essential that music samples are shared via a streamable link eg SoundCloud/BandCamp etc.*

Important information to include in your application
Make sure you include details about your musical background, your interests as well as information about future projects, goals and dreams. An important element of the residency is documenting and sharing your experience, make sure you share any examples/links of writing/photography/filmmaking and tell us how you will share your journey.

Important information about BMR: Berlin
The residency will be supervised by Border Movement. Participants will be housed in a flat share with a simple bedroom audio studio. Together with the partners, Border Movement will organise a tailor made schedule for each artist giving options for studio and jam sessions, meetings, gigs etc. based on the individual requirements of the successful applicant.

Important information about BMR: South Asia
German participants in South Asia will be hosted by the local Goethe-Institut who will take care of the artists on site and compose a tailor made agenda for the artist in partnership with Wild City and local partners.

Review criteria that will be considered
Excellence –  fresh and unique music away from the mainstream.

BMR partners


What is the application deadline?
Approx. one-two months after the start of the call for applications.

Where do I send the application/how do I submit my application? Physical or digital?
Just digital (download the application form here, complete it and email to

How do I know you have received my application?
We will acknowledge the receipt of your application via e-mail.

Can I send my application digitally?

Will BMR participants need to get visas for South Asia/Germany?
Yes, you have to apply for visa and we will assist you.

Is BMR only for artists who make electronic music?
BMR is basically for artists who make fresh and unique music away from the mainstream. It can be any genre, ‘electronic’ means for us, that the music was recorded digitally and produced in-house.
Our goal is to support DIY-music culture.

Do I have to be a professional musician to apply?

What format should I send my music in?
We will only accept streamable links i.e. SoundCloud/BandCamp etc.

How many songs can I share in my application?

Do I need to answer every question?

Can bands apply?
Yes, but only one band member will be invited.

Can I apply on behalf of someone?

Do I need to be a certain age to apply?
Minimum 18 years.

What are the eligible countries?
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Nepal, the Maldives.

Do participants need to speak English?
Yes, at least simple English language skills are required.

What is the selection process?
A jury consisting of one person from from Border Movement, Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin will carefully look at the applications and come to a majority decision.

When will successful applicants find out?
Approx. one month after the deadline.

What happens if I’m selected for the residency?
We will contact you personally.

How long is the residency and what will it comprise of?
The duration of the residency is flexible with a maximum of three months. During this period the participant is expected to produce music, collaborate with local artists, play gigs and explore the scene and the city.

Can I participate in just part of the residency?

I have more questions – who do I contact?