listen to berlin: Awards 2021

Change calls for bravery. Bravery which members of the Berlin music industry have had to demonstrate countless times in the past crisis-ridden months: the bravery to keep going with no guarantee that it will pay off. The bravery to question one’s own work and to strive to evolve. The bravery to try new tools and develop creative concepts. The bravery to fail. The bravery to not put yourself first. The Berlin Music Commission wishes to recognize this bravery and make it visible with the listen to berlin: Awards 2021.

Featuring awards in several categories, including Music Journalism, Sustainability, Most Creative Music Video and The Rolf Budde Award for a Moral Approach, those individuals and initiatives that continue to shape Berlin’s musical and economic development beyond the limelight will be highlighted. The Berlin Music Commission has launched a call for nominations.

The award ceremony will be streamed live from Kesselhaus at the Kulturbrauerei on 26 October and will take place in front of an invited audience. It kicks off the music business conference Most Wanted: Music, which will take place as a hybrid convention at the Kulturbrauerei from 26 – 28 October.

A look back at the listen to berlin: Awards 2020

A look back at the listen to berlin: Awards 2019

Most Wanted: Music Feeds


The awards are intended to honour remarkable achievements in the Berlin music industry.


On 26 October 2021, the listen to berlin: Awards will take place at Kesselhaus at the Kulturbrauerei can be watched as live-stream.