Subsidies – an exception to Koda’s usual principle of distribution

Koda’s basic principle of distribution states that all revenues received are distributed within the area in which they were generated. This applies to the vast majority of all areas, including concerts, radio, TV etc.

However, two exceptions apply: subsidised concerts and first performance awards. These exceptions have been laid down by Koda’s general assembly.

Subsidised concerts are concerts that receive funding from other areas of income. The objective is to benefits works ​​and concerts which – regardless of genre – make a crucial contribution to the diversity and development of the music scene and which have no major immediate earning potential in themselves.

Application process


In 2016, a new scheme for subsidising concerts came into force. The scheme was partly motivated by a wish to attract new areas of the experimental music scene, not least the rhythmic music scenes that have been under-represented up until now. Now, the scheme is more application-based than before, and Koda has set up an expert committee to process the applications.

GO TO APPLICATION (in Danish) - next deadline is 1 February 2021.

Among other things, the new scheme means that:

  • Anyone can now apply for subsidies – including Koda members, members of Koda’s affiliates, and concert promoters or ensembles that are not already covered by a fixed subsidy scheme. 
  • A new committee of music professionals has been set up to process the applications.
  • The Danish regional orchestras and DR ensembles no longer receive funding from the subsidised concert scheme. In future, they will receive funding based on the fees paid via Koda’s agreements with the regional orchestras and DR.
  • A number of other concerts and individual ensembles are also longer automatically part of the subsidy scheme.
  • Distributions from the subsidised concert scheme replace distributions from other concert areas. This means that if you receive distributions from the subsidised concert scheme for a given concert, you cannot receive distributions under another scheme as well. If you apply for a subsidy, but wouldn’t  benefit from being moved from your original scheme to the subsidised concert scheme, we will protect the rightsholders’ best interest and cancel the application.
Ensembles and concert promoters on fixed subsidies

Selected ensembles and concert promoters are on fixed subsidies. This means that all concerts performed by  ensembles or arranged by concert promoters from this group receive subsidised distributions.

At present, Koda has 12 subsidised ensembles and 68 subsidised concert promoters. You can find a full list here.

Decisions on adding and removing members to the group of fixed subsidy recipients are made on the basis of recommendations of the committee (Musikfagligt Reference- og Ansøgningsudvalg) and finally approved by the Koda board of directors.

Funds distributed

The fixed subsidy scheme comprises four levels: concerts at level 1 receive distributions corresponding to one-fourth of the funds received by level 4.

School concerts cannot go above level 1.

The total number of concerts (including approved applications for subsidies) and total number of works constitute the most important factors when calculating the value per concert within each year.

In addition, the distributions you’ll receive for a work will depend on the following factors:

  • Distribution in relation to playing time
  • The duration of the concert
  • Duration of the work(s)
  • Your share in the work(s)
  • Any reductions applying to the work(s)

In 2018, the maximum amount payable for a single concert was approximately DKK 15,200. The value for concerts in 2019 is still unknown. Any first performance award will be added to this and distributed as part of the September distribution.

Distributions depend on duration

The total amount distributed for each concert is divided up between the individual music works according to the duration of each work.

If the playing time is not stated on the concert report, we use the duration stated by the author when we originally received reporting about the work. If the concert lasts less than 40 minutes, or if copyrighted music accounts for less than 40 minutes of the total playing time, we will set the duration of the concert at 40 minutes when making our calculations.


Within this scheme, any reductions made are made per work. This means that the more times your work receives distributions from the subsidy scheme, the less you will receive per performance.

Reduction factor

Previous subsidies received

















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For example: If your work has previously received distributions for three performances from this subsidy scheme, your next distribution for that same work will be reduced to 80%.