The German Music Council e.V.
Umbrella Organization for All Areas of Musical Life
When the German Music Council (DMR) celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2023 as the largest civic movement in the music sector, the General Secretariat will look back on two decades of intensive music policy work in Berlin. Here, at the center of federal politics and surrounded by numerous other umbrella organizations, the DMR acts as a "think tank", pooling the expertise of its current 105 members from all areas of musical life, including the 16 state music councils. In total, the DMR represents about 15 million music-making people in Germany, more than 14 million of them in the amateur music sector.
As the largest national umbrella organization for the strengthening, preservation, and further development of musical life in Germany, the DMR operates on the basis of close and productive cooperation between its e. V. and gGmbH divisions as well as the active participation of its members in the advisory bodies. Seven federal expert committees, twelve project advisory boards, and two working groups advise the Secretary General and Managing Director as well as the Executive Committee with their recommended resolutions. On this basis, the President and Secretary General are in constant dialogue with socio-political decision makers. Communication is accompanied by extensive public relations work on the part of the e.V. - via press releases, newsletters, and several social media channels.
The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions determines the content of the DMR e.V.’s work, together with the DMR statutes, the Federal Republic of Germany’s Basic Law, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Currently, the following topics are at the center of the e. V.'s work: securing cultural diversity during and after the Corona pandemic, educational initiatives such as #SchuleNeuDenken, music and dementia, minimum fee levels in public funding, and sustainability in musical life.