German Music Council
The German Music Council and its partners campaign for Germany’s vibrant existence as a land of music in all areas of life that are connected to music. In accordance with the German Music Council’s "2nd Berlin Appeal", its goal is to enable every citizen, regardless of social or ethnic background, access to the world of music. The basis for this target is the conviction that Germany is developing into a knowledge and creativity-based society, in which education and culture play a decisive role.
The German Music Council represents the interests of about eight million people who make music and it is the biggest umbrella organisation for music in the world. With its 120 member associations and institutions, countless personalities from the music world, projects and promotional measures, the German Music Council serves as an advisor and competence centre for politics and civil society.
The German Music Council is funded by grants from the central government and the federal states, individual municipalities, foundations, private sponsors and patrons. The German Music Council is a member of the German Commission for UNESCO as well as of the European and International Music Council.
The German Music Council is under the patronage of the Federal President.
The German Music Council promotes awareness of the value of creativity. It is committed to creating, maintaining and developing parameters for an active musical life according to the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. Moreover, it offers incentives for musical life via ongoing promotional measures and temporary projects.
The core themes of the German Music Council’s music-related political activity are cultural diversity, the value of creativity, foreign music policy, music education, the promotion of the professional and amateur music scene, the music economy and the parameters regarding musical professions.
The German Music Council’s projects promote young musical talent and are a medium for the music-related political messages. They also offer incentives for musical life in Germany. They promote professional musicians (German Music Competition, Federal Selection of Concerts for Young Artists, Dirigentenforum, PopCamp) and amateur musicians (German Choir Competition and German Orchestra Competition), talented youth (Jugend musiziert and Jugend jazzt, National Youth Orchestra, National Jazz Orchestra, SchoolJam), as well as contemporary music (Edition Zeitgenössische Musik, Konzert des Deutschen Musikrates) and they offer a platform for cross-linking information and documentation (Music Information Centre, European Musical Exchange Platform).