For a sustainable and vibrant musical life

Since 2003, the German Music Council has bundled all its funding measures in a non-profit project company (gGmbH) based in Bonn. More than 70 employees are committed to the continuing existence of a vibrant musical life in Germany. In addition to supporting both professional and amateur musicians, the project company also supports young musicians in the fields of jazz, pop, and contemporary music.

The Deutscher Musikrat gGmbH maintains the German Music Information Center (miz) and organizes the DMR's thirteen long-term projects:

  • 3 ensembles: German Youth Orchestra, German Youth Choir, German Jazz Orchestra
  • 6 competitions: Jugend musiziert, Jugend jazzt, German Music Competition, German Orchestra Competition, German Choir Competition, German Conducting Award
  • 4 funding programs: German Music Competition concert promotion, Conducting Forum, Podium Gegenwart, PopCamp
  • and the German Music Information Center (miz)

It is also responsible for temporary funding programs such as NEUSTART KULTUR.

In addition to providing impetus for musical life, the projects of the German Music Council are effective ambassadors for our music policy goals.

Overview of all projects

I am ...

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.