Cultural Diversity

Shaping society with cultural diversity - we are committed to a rich and diverse world.

Protecting and Promoting the Diversity of Cultural Expression

Portraitfoto Prof. Christian Höppner, Generalsekretär Deutscher Musikrat e.V.

Cultural diversity plays a major role in shaping our coexistence and our appreciation of the intrinsic value of culture and the freedom of the arts.

Cultural diversity forms the foundation of Germany’s sense of identity as a cultural country and is thus of fundamental importance for the music policy and socio-political work of the German Music Council. With the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, a document has been available since 2005 that creates a binding basis under interna-tional law for the right of all countries to an independent cultural policy and has now been signed by more than 140 nations and communities of nations. The German Music Council is involved in the process of shaping this convention within the framework of its membership in the German UNESCO Commission. It is also committed to developing this convention, which is binding under international law, from its current status as a basis for appeal into a politically and legally resilient instrument for action.
With its three basic pillars, the UNESCO Convention covers the essential elements of our cultural life:

The protection and promotion of
•    cultural heritage,
•    contemporary forms of artistic expression (regardless of style and including the well-known youth cultures) and
•    the cultures of other countries in Germany.

Cultural Integration Initiative

The Cultural Integration Initiative addressed the question of what contribution culture can make to integration - to the integration of people newly arriving in Germany, but also of those already living here – and discussed current challenges to cultural integration and social cohesion. The German Music Council is also a participant in this exchange. The initiators developed a thesis paper entitled "Cohesion in Diversity," which is intended to show how cohesion in diversity can succeed. The thesis paper was presented to former German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel on behalf of the initiative by Prof. Christian Höppner, President of the German Cultural Council and Secretary General of the German Music Council.

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Position Papers

The 5th Berlin Appeal – 5th Berlin Appeal "Making Music – Taking a Stand Towards a Democratic, Pluralistic, and Culturally Diverse Society" – deliberately spans a broad range of topics as a call to action and list of demands, and is thus a point of reference for future DMR statements on current socio-political is-sues. The resolution "Protecting Jewish Life" is the first concrete expression of the core messages of this appeal.

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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.