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.

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Musicians can sing or play in the ensembles of the German Music Council, the Federal Youth Orchestra, the Federal Jazz Orchestra and the Federal Youth Choir, and take part in competitions. With four other projects in the area of promotion, the German Music Council supports young, highly talented musicians, conductors, composers and interpreters of contemporary music as well as pop musicians on their way to a professional musical life and builds a bridge between musicians, organizers and the public. In addition, the German Music Information Center (miz) offers a central information point on all topics of musical life.



The German Music Council is the sponsor of the competitions for children and young people: Jugend musiziert and Jugend jazzt, the competitions for professional musicians: the German Music Competition, the German Conducting Award (formerly the German Conducting Prize) and the German Choral Conducting Award, as well as the competitions for amateur musicians: theGerman Choir Competition and the German Orchestra Competition.

The German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat e. V.) is the mouthpiece and initiator of music policy issues for its members.

The numerous advantages of a membership in the German Music Council e.V. compiled for you.

Under the menu item MEDIA you will find our press page with all the latest news, our press page with the press contacts and the publications.

Promoting young musicians in the ensemblesof the German Music Council also includes performing on stage in front of an audience. The project leaders are happy to accept requests for engagements. The German Music Competition concert promotion program arranges approximately 200 concerts a year for concert organizers and concert series.

Music educators will find concepts and working materials for music lessons at the Podium Gegenwart's educational projects. Current developments in music policy and studies can be found in the "Music Education" section, as well as specialist articles on this topic at the German Music Information Center.

With the German Music Information Center, the German Music Council offers a central information point on all topics of musical life.