Mission Statement

Our Identity, Basic Principles and Goals

1. Our Conviction

The German Music Council (DMR) is the largest national umbrella organization for the strengthen-ing, preservation, and further development of musical life in Germany. We are convinced that music contributes to social cohesion as well as to democracy, peace, and understanding in Europe and the world.

2. Our Identity

With a spirit of cooperation and the effective bundling of individual interests, the German Music Council sees itself as a mouthpiece, source of impetus, and active partner in making Germany a vibrant land of music. The DMR brings together the individual interests of its member associations and combines them with jointly developed music policy goals in socio-political contexts. In doing so, it increasingly focuses on cross-sectoral issues, such as the question of an adequate livelihood and income situation for creative artists, the importance and presence of artistic school subjects, the protection of authors and composers, and the strengthening of the cultural and creative industries.

3. Our Goals

The long-term funding projects of DMR gGmbH are a formative part of the German cultural landscape and essential pillars of cultural diversity and musical education. At the same time, the projects also act as musical ambassadors for the DMR's cultural policy activities. In particular, the focus is on supporting young musicians throughout the country, both amateurs and future professionals. The projects also contribute to national and international cultural exchange.

4. Our Basis for Action

The German Music Council acts on the basis of its statutes, the Federal Republic of Germany’s Basic Law, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Its activities are characterized by dialogue and cooperation with federal, state, local, and civil society partners as well as the advocacy of sustainability, diversity, equality

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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.