Booking agencies in Berlin have come together to launch a new advocacy initiative, representing live acts and DJs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Booking United, which comprises approximately 70 Berlin booking agencies, has published a call to action in the form of an open letter, calling on the German government to provide industry-specific aid for the hundreds of artists they feel represent the “Berlin Brand” globally.
A small number of clubs in Berlin have started reopening with strict social distancing measures as Germany’s coronavirus lockdown is relaxed.
A new documentary on BBC Radio 4 explores the current state of Berlin’s underground club culture, and the work of those dedicated to its future.
Berlin club [ipsə] has been severely damaged following an arson attack in the early hours of Monday morning, 27th April.
Berlin’s local government is set to provide €30 million in grants to private institutions throughout the city.
Clubs and museums are among the institutions set to benefit from the grants, which are part of Berlin’s emergency initiative amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now open for clubs to seek a grant.
Berlin record stores are opening their doors once again as Germany tentatively relaxes its lockdown measures.
Since Monday morning, shops in Germany smaller than 800 sq m have been given permission to reopen as the country starts to take small steps back to normality in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rave, a 1998 novel by German author Rainald Goetz, is set to be released in English for the first time this year.
The novel has been translated by Adrian Nathan West and will be published in July by Fitzcarraldo Editions, who describe it as “a fragmentary novel that attempts to capture the feel of debauchery from within”.
An emergency coronavirus fund for musicians, worth up to €40million, has been launched in Germany.
GEMA, the German performing rights organisation, made the announcement today, Monday 23rd March, with the intended recipients songwriters and composers.
Berlin collective Room 4 Resistance has shared an informative document to help people navigating coronavirus.
The party starting group, which is focused on community-building and the creation of safer spaces, has compiled information on a Google Doc, which includes signposts for services and organisations offering support.
British-born, Berlin-based DJ/producer and writer Jonty Skrufff has passed away.
The news was shared by his partner and fellow Berlin DJ Fidelity Kastrow in a Facebook post on Jonty’s page. “Jonty had been battling cancer but kept his diagnosis confidential until days before his death, so nobody would treat him differently and to be able to continue to live the life he so loved,” her post begins.