Prof. Dr. Dörte Schmidt

Dörte Schmidt is a professor of musicology at the Berlin University of the Arts. Among other things, she directs the Bernd Alois Zimmerman Gesamtausgabe under the auspices of the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, of which she is also a member. She served as President of the Society for Music Research from 2017 to 2021. She has been Vice President of the Berlin State Music Council since 2010 and a member of the Executive Committee of the German Music Council since 2013. In the context of Germany’s National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) program, she played a key role in launching the NFDI4Culture consortium, where she is now Chairperson of the Advisory Council and has been a member of the NFDI Board of Trustees since 2021.

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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.

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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.