Music Fund

Target group

Professional musicians, orchestras, bands, and choirs.


The fund is divided into two streams: Music, and Marketing. 


Last deadline was 1 November 2022 at 15:00.

For more information and application form, see the fund‘s Icelandic page.


What are the objectives?

The role of the Music Fund is to promote Icelandic music and support the dissemination of Icelandic musicians and their music.

Music Fund Act No. 76/2004 and Regulation on Music Fund Allocations No. 125/2005.

Who can apply?

Professional musicians and those connected to music projects.

What is funded?

The Music Fund funds various music projects and concerts across the country. Projects can be for individuals, co-operation projects, musical groups, festivals and various other concerts. Projects can be general music activities as well as dissemination and marketing activities for music and professional musicians. Projects are usually funded for a year. The grants cannot be applied for organisational costs. When applying for the fund a real cost is stated and other funding has to be put into the application. If one applies for a concert, a programme should be enclosed along with the location of the concert and dates. 

How to apply?

The application procedure is online through the Rannís application portal. Grants are awarded to designated projects which run no longer than one year.

The applicant must clearly explain the description of the participants of the project, their budget plan, and CVs, if appropriate, both professional, and artistic. In the activity plan, applicants should include information on all practices, music events, travel and venues. The time plan should fit the activity plan. If the applicant has received a grant before from the Music Fund, a new application is not valid unless the final/interim report has been sent to Rannís.

What isn‘t funded?

The Music Fund does generally not fund:

  • Travel cost to attend musical events, we direct you to UTON
  • Publishing of music notes, we direct you to STEF
  • Building websites
  • Digitisation of music notes
  • Publishing of books, we direct you to the Icelandic Literature Center
  • Those who are already funded by the state such as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Icelandic Opera etc.

The Music Fund does not fund music studies.

The Board

The Minister of Education, Culture and Science appoints three board members to the Music Fund for up to three years. The board makes recommendations for allocations to the Minister who has the power to make the final decision.

The Music Fund Board 2019 (17 Dec) - 2022 (1 Nov)

Árni Heimir Ingólfsson, Chairman, Ragnhildur Gísladóttir, and Sóley Stefánsdóttir.

Deputy Members: Arndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir, Sigtryggur Baldursson, and Róbert Þórhallsson.

The role of Rannís

Rannís is responsible for managing the fund on behalf of The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Further information in Icelandic - Tónlistarsjóður

Please note that the authoritative source of information is the Icelandic version. If there is any conflict between the translated version and the Icelandic, the latter takes precedence.

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