Nationwide initiative for the diversity of musical life - across all ages, cultures, and genres
Music Day has been held annually since 2009 on the initiative of the German Music Council, since 2019 always on June 21, and is sponsored by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media and the Society for the Exploitation of Performance Rights (GVL). Music Day is intended to celebrate the diversity of musical life nationwide - across all ages, cultures, and genres.
Whether outdoors or indoors, whether professional or amateur musicians, ensembles, choirs, clubs, schools, music academies, clubs, symphony orchestras or opera houses and theatres, whether music retailers or cultural meeting places, whether in refugee accommodations or daycare centers: Everyone is invited to participate in Music Day with a musical activity of their own.
- raising public awareness of the importance of music's community-building powers
- raising awareness of the value of creativity
- raising public awareness of the importance of music making for the individual and the community
- making cultural diversity visible as a necessary foundation for a successful musical life
- making visible the diverse forms of musical expression and the civic commitment behind them
- creating a nationwide platform for music making
In 2023, Music celebrated its 15th anniversry! In honor of this special occaions an extradordinary campaign took place: You have the opportunity to send in a video recording of your own arrangement of the beginning of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 3rd Brandenburg Concerto. Whether your version is jazz, electro, polka, or metal, whether it’s played with cooking pots or Theremins or simply used as a basis for free improvisation – diversity was questioned. Thanks a lot to all the participants and their contributed material!
Special thanks go to the Albrecht Beck Foundation for the support of Music Day this year.