Get involved / Bandpool


For Acts with Ambition

As part of its public mission to promote pop cultural scenes, the Popakademie accompanies bands and solo acts on the road to professionalizing their careers through the Band Pool programme.

The Band Pool is the top promotion programme at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg that is run outside the degree program. It targets acts that have the creative talent, the necessary will power and the professional discipline required to break out as successful musicians.

Each year, seven or eight acts are chosen from roughly 300 applications from all over Germany. These acts are advised at no cost for 18 months and coached during 10 workshop weekends in Mannheim. Each act receives individual support - tailored to their goals and needs.

What does the Band Pool offer?
  • Targeted, individualised support
  • Goal-setting and supervision
  • Contact to the music industry
  • Work with professional coaches
  • Popakademie infrastructure, including studio and practice rooms
  • Extensive band network
  • Workshops with practical artistic input
  • Workshops on business development and music business basics
  • Live&Loud Showcases
At the centre of our Band Pool initiative is coaching and career counselling as well as building a functional network of business partners for the acts. Along with experts from the music and media branches, the Popakademie team works with musicians on important topics - from songwriting to interview training, from music law to strategic planning.

Our Live&Loud concerts offer the Band Pool acts regular opportunities to showcase themselves in front of a broad audience and directly implement what they have learnt.

More information is available on the Bandpool website.