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of the German Music Council’s website.
We are happy to provide the following press materials for your use in the context of reporting on the German Music Council. Please cite the appropriate photo credits, if indicated. We are, of course, at your disposal for further information and interview requests.

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The German Music Council (DMR) is committed to the interests of the 15 million people who make music in Germany and is the world's largest national umbrella organization for music culture. It represents around 100 organizations and umbrella associations from the entire spectrum of musical life, including the 16 state music councils.

With its music policy work, the Deutscher Musikrat e. V. in Berlin, as a civil society actor, provides impetus for a vibrant musical life and maintains a permanent dialogue with the German Bundestag and the Federal Government.
The Deutscher Musikrat gGmbH in Bonn is responsible for organizing the German Music Council's thirteen long-term projects. 

Ensembles: German Youth Orchestra, German Youth Choir, German Jazz Orchestra 
Competitions: Jugend musiziert, Jugend jazzt, German Music Competition, German Orchestra Competition, German Choir Competition 
Promotion: German Music Competition (concert promotion), Conducting Forum, Podium Gegenwart, PopCamp
Service: German Music Information Center (miz). 

It is also responsible for temporary funding programs such as "NEUSTART KULTUR – Free Music Ensembles" and "NEUSTART KULTUR - Scholarship Program 2023."

In 2023, the German Music Council celebrates its 70th anniversary. Founded in 1953, it has become the largest civic movement in the cultural sector. The German Music Council acts on the basis of its legal statutes, the Federal Republic of Germany’s Basic Law, the UNESCO Convention on the Protec-tion and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is under the patronage of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The photos are free of charge and free of rights in connection with a publication by the German Music Council and if the photographer is named in the context of the photo.

Media Contact

German Music Council e. V.

German Music Council e.V:
Dr. Anna Vogt
Tel: +49 (0)30 308810-20
Contact person for all topics concerning the German Music Council e. V.

German Music Council gGmbH

German Music Council gGmbH
Dr. Anke Steinbeck
Tel.: +49(0)228 2091-165

Contact person for:
German Youth Orchestra, German Jazz Orchestra, Landmusik, Neustart Kultur, miz

German Music Council gGmbH

German Music Council gGmbH
Sabine Siemon
Phone: +49 (0)228 2091-163

Contact person for:
German Youth Choir, Jugend musiziert (national competition), Jugend jazzt (national meeting), German Music Competition, German Orchestra Competition, German Choir Competition, German Conducting Award, German Music Competition concert sponsorship, Conducting Forum, Podium Gegenwart, PopCamp

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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.