In 2023, the German Music Council is celebrating several birthdays at once. The festive concert of the German Music Council on October 19 in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie was an impressive demonstration of the rich and diverse music (council) tradition.
Since its foundation in 1953, the German Music Council has made its contribution to the development and promotion of music in Germany. It has initiated numerous projects, supported talented artists and organized influential events to enrich musical life in Germany. However, never before has it been possible to present this diversity on one stage in one evening - until now!
For the first time in the history of the German Music Council, the broad, heterogeneous and diverse range of music on offer was brought to life for the senses. Around 160 performers offered a 160-minute program in 13 program points.
The German Music Council (DMR) was founded in 1953 and is the largest citizens’ movement in the field of culture. As a member of UNESCO, the council is committed in its actions to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and is under the patron-age of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The German Music Council is committed to the interests of the 15 million people who make music in Germany and is the world's largest national umbrella organization for music culture. It represents more than 100 organizations and umbrella associations of professional and amateur musicians, as well as the 16 state music councils.
The nationwide competition Jugend musiziert is one of the most renowned nationwide measures for discovering and promoting musical talent. Nearly one million children and young people have taken part in Jugend musiziert in its 59 years of existence. For many of them, this was the first step toward a successful musical career. Jugend musiziert invites children and young people to take to the concert stage with an instrument or as a singer, to compare themselves with others, and to be judged by a panel of experts. The 60th Jugend musiziert national competition will take place from May 25 to June 2, 2023 in Zwickau and the surrounding area.
The German Choir Competition (DCW) is aimed at amateur choirs and vocal ensembles of all types and styles. Alternating with the German Orchestra Competition, about three hundred choirs and vocal ensembles take advantage of the opportunity to compare performances and exchange expe-riences every four years. There are approximately 60,000 German choirs with around 1.8 million ac-tive members; the DCW seeks to identify the finest ones and present them to a wider public. The 11th German Choir Competition took place in Hanover from June 3 to 11, 2023.
The Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO) is the official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany. Accompanying young talents up to the age of 24 in their musical, artistic, and personal development for two years is one of the essential tasks of this support project, as are three work phases per year and extensive concert activities in Germany and abroad.
The German Music Information Center (miz) is the central point of contact for all questions con-cerning musical life in Germany. The thematic spectrum of the miz is broad and ranges from musical education and training to amateur music making and professional music practice to media and the music industry.
In Podium Gegenwart’s European Workshop for Contemporary Music, young musicians from Poland, Germany, and other European countries work on important pieces of contemporary music reper-toire, learn new playing techniques, and premiere works by young European composers. The en-semble consists of about 20 young musicians who meet regularly for one-week rehearsal periods, where they rehearse a new concert program and then present it at the Warsaw Autumn and other European festivals. Next date: April 23-30, 2023 in Cologne.
Since 2003, the German Music Council has bundled all its funding activities in a non-profit project company (gGmbH) based in Bonn. With more than 70 employees, the project company is com-mitted to the continuing existence of a vibrant musical life in Germany. In addition to supporting professional musicians as well as the contemporary and amateur music scenes, the project compa-ny is particularly dedicated to supporting young musicians.