The Umbrella Organization for Musical Life in Germany

The German Music Council (DMR) is committed to the interests of 15 million people who make music in Germany and is the world's largest national umbrella organization for music culture. It represents more than 100 organizations and umbrella associations of professional and amateur musicians, including the 16 state music councils.
The German Music Council works to strengthen, preserve, and further develop musical life in Ger-many on the basis of close and productive cooperation between its e. V. and gGmbH divisions as well as the active participation of the members of its 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 decision recommendations. 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 Expres-sions, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is under the patronage of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

On June 13, 1953, the "German Section of the International Music Council" was constituted in Bonn on the initiative of the German UNESCO Commission and the Working Group for Music Education and Music Preservation. Shortly thereafter, the General Assembly of the International Music Council recognized the German Section as a "National Committee". Based on this, the scope of the council’s activities was conceived from the beginning to be equally weighted internationally and nationally. This intention was strengthened in 1956 with the expansion of the name to "German Music Council - German Section of the International Music Council”. Since the 1960s, the German Music Council has continuously expanded its support program. The Jugend musiziert project was founded in 1963 to promote young musical talent in Germany. Six years later, the "Bundesjugendorchester" (German Youth Orchestra) was established to open the way for young musicians to enter professional careers.
In 1962, the "Music Council of the German Democratic Republic" was founded. This council was mainly dedicated to the development of international relations. The "Association of German Com-posers and Musicologists" took over the inwardly directed "national tasks".
In 1990, the executive committees of the two German music councils met together for the first time and discussed the conditions for a merger. All existing funding projects of the German Music Council were immediately extended to the new federal states.
In 2003, all funding measures were bundled in a non-profit project company (gGmbH) based in Bonn, a subsidiary of the DMR e. V. in Berlin. Since then, the General Secretariat in Berlin has taken over the association's political work.


The multi-layered activities of the German Music Council are reflected in the council’s two main organizational divisions: a registered association (Deutscher Musikrat e.V.) and a non-profit project company (Deutscher Musikrat gGmbH).

German Music Council e.V.


The German Music Council association in Berlin is the council’s cultural-political mouthpiece. With its music policy initiatives as a civil society actor, it sets impulses for a lively musical life and is a constant dialogue partner for the German Bundestag and the Federal Government.

•    General Assembly
•    Members
•    Become a member

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German Music Council gGmbH


Since 2003, the German Music Council (DMR) has bundled all its funding measures in a non-profit project company (gGmbH) based in Bonn. The Deutscher Musikrat gGmbH in Bonn is responsible for organizing the council’s thirteen long-term projects and funding programs.

•    Management
•    Supervisory Board
•    Project Advisory Boards

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Chart: "DMR at a Glance"

DMR kompakt

DMR kompakt provides an overview of the content, structure, and legal basis of the German Music Council. It contains all documents relevant to the work of the committees, such as the statutes or the rules of procedure of the General Assembly, Executive Committee, Federal Expert Committees, and Advisory Boards. The online edition is constantly updated. You can download the current German version of DMR kompakt here.


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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.