UP:Next information in English

The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds launches a new financial incentive for pop musicians from Utrecht: UP:Next. Professional artists from the province of Utrecht can submit a plan for a new step in their career. On 1 December 2020, a panel of judges will award one plan with € 10.000. The artist can use this money to focus on an innovative musical project which will lead to a live presentation at the end of 2021.

Are you due for the next step in your music career? Are you ready to strike a different note? To focus on a new project? Submit your plan from 1 May to 1 August 2020.

Not an award, but forward

UP:Next is more than a pop prize. We are proud of our artists from Utrecht. And of their important contribution on a local, provincial and (inter)national level. It’s important that the musical landscape in Utrecht continues to grow and expand. With UP:Next, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds stimulates the artist to continue to develop themselves and to keep building a lasting career. It’s a prelude to the next step.

How to submit

We are looking for artists who want to strike a different note compared to their existing repertoire (in content or form). You are actively searching for how to reach a broad, and possibly new, audience. You think about your stage presentation and new ways to connect with the audience.


1 MaySubmission starting date UP:Next
1 AugustSubmission closing date UP:Next
1 OctoberShortlist announcement
2 NovemberShortlisted plans are to be presented to the judges
1 DecemberUP:Next musician is chosen

End of 2021
Final presentation UP:Next musician