Funds available for composers in Iceland

Please note that there are other funds that fund projects such as the Reykjavík City Culture fund, which are not listed here. A longer list of funds that support music projects of all kinds is available only in Icelandic here: https://mic.is/is/thjonusta/styrkir/

Commissions or support to compose

Tónskáldasjóður RÚV – commissions. The largest funding source for composers in Iceland is Tónskáldasjóður RÚV or RÚV Composers Fund (national broadcasting agency). The fund supports commissions. Composers can apply themselves for their own works and also those who wish to commission a work by a composer. This is only open to Icelandic composers, but foreign commissioners can apply, for works by Icelandic composers.

Deadline: Three times a year

Available support: Total support of ~8-9.000.000 ISK every year. 100.000-600.000 for each commission.

 

Listamannalaun – artists salary from state. Available to apply 3-12 months a year. Paid as a salary directly from the state.

Deadline: Once a year

Available support: 377.000 a month. In 2018, 36 composers get 190 months.

 

Tónskáldasjóður Bylgjunnar og Stöðvar 2 – commissions. A commissioning fund, mostly for pop music. Has not allocated any funds recently. Possibly not available any more.

 

Music Nova – commissions. A commissioning fund, supported by Reykjavík city, allocated by the Composers Society. Has not allocated any funds recently. Possibly not available any more.

Travel (or export) funds

Útflutningssjóður íslenskrar tónlistar – export of Icelandic music. Musicians can apply to large grants for marketing abroad and smaller grants for travelling.

Deadline: Monthly for travel support and small projects. Four times a year for large projects.

Available support: Small projects – 50.000 for each person, max 400.000 pr. project. Large projects – 4 x 1.000.000, 8 x 500.000 pr. year.

 

Ferðasjóður STEFs – travel, only for members of STEF (Icelandic copyright society). Support for travel.

Deadline: Always open

Available support: Max 120.000 ISK once a year

Project funds

Tónlistarsjóður – projects. The Music Fund of the Ministry of Education and Culture supports projects, not commissions.

Deadline: Two times a year.

Available support: Total support of 22 million ISK in 2017. 90.000-2.000.000 ISK for each project.

 

Nótnasjóður STEFs – sheet music publishing, only for members of STEF (Icelandic copyright society). Support for publishing sheet music.

Deadline: Two times a year

Available support: Total support of ~8.000.000 in 2017. 100.000-750.000 for each project.

 

Styrktarsjóður samtaka um tónlistarhús – concerts in Harpa. Support to hold concerts within Harpa Music Hall in Reykjavík.

Deadline: Once a year

Available support: Information not available

Recording funds

Hljóðritasjóður – recording. Supports recordings of new music of all genres.

Deadline: Two times a year

Available support: Total support of 40,9 mill. ISK in 2017. 150.000-1.000.000 for each project.

 

Endurgreiðslur vegna hljóðrita – recording, for all recording made in Iceland. Refund of costs related to recording music spent in Iceland.

Deadline: Always open

Available support: 25% of costs spent in Iceland

 

Hljóðritasjóður STEFs – recoding, only for members of STEF (Icelandic copyright society). Support for recording Icelandic music.

Deadline: Two times a year

Available support: information not available