German Music Council

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Logo of the German Music Council

The German Music Council (DMR) is an umbrella organization for musical professional associations and the 16 music councils of the federal states, based in Bonn . It represents over 14 million music-loving citizens who are affiliated with the German Music Council and its member organizations for professional reasons or as amateurs. With over 100 member associations, institutions and numerous personalities from the musical world, the German Music Council, together with its projects and funding measures, acts as an advisor and competence center for politics and civil society.

The association acts as the National Committee of the Federal Republic of Germany in the UNESCO International Music Council . The Federal President is the patron of the non-profit association .


German postage stamp from 2003 for the 50th year of foundation

On June 13, 1953, the “German Section of the International Music Council” was established in Bonn on the initiative of the Working Group for Music Education and Music Maintenance and the German UNESCO Commission. Shortly afterwards, the German Section was recognized as a "National Committee" at the General Assembly of the International Music Council. Based on this, the task was conceived from the outset to be equally international and national. This claim was reinforced in 1956 with the expansion of the name to "German Music Council - German Section of the International Music Council". The German Music Council has continuously expanded its funding program since the 1960s. The "Jugend musiziert" project was founded in 1964 to promote young musicians in Germany. Five years later, the Federal Youth Orchestra was brought into being, which opened up the path to a professional career for young up-and-coming musicians.

In 1962 the "Music Council of the GDR" was founded. This was mainly dedicated to the expansion of international relations. The inwardly directed “national tasks” were taken over by the “Association of German Composers and Musicologists”. In 1990 the presidia of the two German music councils met together for the first time and discussed the requirements for the 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 based in Bonn, which is a subsidiary of DMR eV in Berlin. Since then, the General Secretariat in Berlin has taken on the political work of the association. The German Music Council, as the largest umbrella organization for musical life, now represents around 14 million musicians in Germany.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, a special stamp was issued on June 12, 2003 , designed by Peter and Regina Steiner from Stuttgart.


The German Music Council, together with its partners, is committed to a lively music country in Germany in all areas of social life that are related to music. With its work, the German Music Council would like to increase awareness of the value of creativity, set impulses for musical life in its openness to all forms of musical expression, encourage young people to gain access to the world of music in selected areas of national importance and build bridges of understanding .

The German Music Council maintains ongoing funding measures and temporary projects. According to the company, the main focus of music policy work is the promotion of amateurs and professional musicians, the promotion of young musicians and contemporary music, as well as the provision of information, statistics and documents on musical life in Germany.

In addition, the DMR organizes various competitions, including youth music and youth jazz as well as the federal youth orchestra and federal jazz orchestra . The German Choir Competition is held every four years together with ARD and the regional music councils . In addition, the German Music Council is the organizer of the German Music Competition . Since 2003, the support measures have been carried out by the Deutscher Musikrat non-profit project company. According to its own information, the sole shareholder of this GmbH is the German Music Council


  • General assembly (member organizations with voting rights, advisory members and honorary members)
  • Presidium (President, currently 3 Vice Presidents and 15 other members)
  • Secretary General



General Secretaries

Federal technical committees

  • Federal Committee for Labor and Social Affairs
  • Federal Expert Committee on Education
  • Federal Media Committee
  • Federal Committee for the Music Industry
  • Federal Expert Committee on Law
  • Federal Expert Committee on Diversity (sub-committees: Heritage, Interculture, New Music, Popular Music)


Facilities and projects

Professional musicians

  • PopCamp - Popular Music Master Class

Young musical talent

Contemporary music

  • Funding project Edition Contemporary Music (EZM)
  • European Workshop for Contemporary Music

Amateur music-making

Information and documentation

Initiatives and Campaigns

Publications and audio documents

Appeals from Berlin

  • 1st Berlin appeal . Music moves, 2003
  • 2nd Berlin appeal. 12 theses on intercultural dialogue , 2006
  • 3rd Berlin appeal. Digitalization. Freedom. Responsibility, 2010
  • 4th Berlin appeal. Brave new media world: protect creative people! 2015
  • 5th Berlin appeal. Make music - show attitude 2019

Magazines and yearbooks

  • Music forum. Musical life in discourse . 2013-2017
  • Musikforum , 1965–2002 (up to and including 1987 under the title Deutscher Musikrat: Referate und Informations ); since 2003 new episode under the title Musikforum. Musical life in discourse .
  • Music almanac. Data and facts about musical life in Germany . 1st edition 1986/1987 - 7th and final edition 2007/2008.
  • Artist catalog Federal selection of concerts of young artists (published annually)
  • List of artists of the German Music Competition (appears annually)
  • Annual documentation projects (appears annually)

Bibliographies and reference works

  • Melanie Suchy-Stankovic, Hannelore Thiemer (edit.): Musikforum Bibliographie 1965-1998 . Schott, Mainz 2000.
  • Eckart Rohlfs (arrangement): Literature about music professions . Bonn 1994.
  • Musical life in the new federal states. Address directory . Bonn and Berlin 1991.

Documentation of competitions, anniversaries and events

  • Brigitta Ritter (Hrsg.): Music in the all-day school. Documentation of the international congress of the German Music Council in connection with the Association of German School Musicians. Koenigstein 2004 . University of Music and Theater, Hanover 2004.
  • 10 years of the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council 1991-2001 . Bonn and Berlin 2001.
  • Klaus Bernbacher , Detlef Müller-Hennig (Hrsg.): Documentation 20 years concert of the German Music Council . Bonn 2000.
  • 33 years of competitions “Jugend musiziert”. Inventory and further planning. Documentation of the “Jugend musiziert” central conference in Neuss in November 1996 . Munich 1996.
  • Peter Linzenkirchner, Gudrun Eger-Harsch (eds.): Good grades with critical comments. Impact analysis of the competitions “Jugend musiziert” 1984–1993. Documentation and commentary . Bonn 1995.
  • Herbert Saß, Andreas Eckhardt (Ed.): 40 years of the German Music Council. Mission and realization . ConBrio, Regensburg 1993. ISBN 3-930079-09-7 .
  • Hans Timm (Ed.): This is how music grows. 25 years of the Federal Youth Orchestra . ConBrio, Regensburg 1993, ISBN 3-930079-42-9 .
  • Eckart Rohlfs (Ed.): Invention and implementation. 25 years of competitions "Jugend musiziert" - spectrum of a youth culture and music education promotion program. Materials and documents 1963-1988 . Munich 1991, ISBN 3-928544-00-4 .
  • Herbert Saß (Red.): 40 years of the Working Group on Music Education and Music Maintenance (AGMM) 1950-1990 . Bonn 1990.

more books

  • Volker Hempfling, Günter Graulich (Eds.): Lore-Ley. Choir book German folk songs for mixed choir a cappella . Carus, Stuttgart 2006. ISMN M-007-09049-4.
  • Richard Jakoby (Hrsg.): Music studies in Germany. Music, music education, musicology . Schott, Mainz, 15th edition 2006. ISBN 978-3-7957-0564-0 .
  • Richard Jakoby. Life and work . Institute for Music Education Research at the Hanover University of Music and Drama, Hanover 2006. ISBN 978-3-931852-75-7 .
  • Richard Jakoby (Ed.): Music scene in Germany: concerts, cultural politics, economy, professions . In collaboration with Inter Nationes. Bärenreiter, Kassel 1997. ISBN 3-7618-1393-7 .
  • Eckart Rohlfs (ed.): Music education in Germany. An overview . Regensburg 1994 (special print from: Bildung und Wissenschaft, edited by Inter Nationes, 3/1994). ISBN 3-930079-64-X .
  • Hans Günther Bastian, Rudolf-Dieter Kraemer (Hrsg.): Music pedagogical research in Germany. Documentation and analysis . Schott, Mainz 1992. ISBN 3-7957-0261-5 .

Sound carrier

  • Record documentation "Contemporary Music in the Federal Republic of Germany" (1945–1980), Kass. IX (30 records), harmonia mundi 1981–1984.
  • Edition Contemporary Music (CD series), Wergo 1988ff.
  • CD documentation Music in Germany 1950–2000 , BMG 2000ff.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Overview of the organizational structure of the DMR (German, accessed on August 9, 2013)
  2. Information on the members of the DMR (German, accessed December 19, 2017)
  3. Retrieved December 19, 2017 .
  4. ^ Wikipedia stamp year 2004
  5. Information on the projects of the Musikrat (German, accessed on August 9, 2013)
  6. Information on the GmbH (German, accessed on August 9, 2013)
  7. Information on the shareholders' meeting of the GmbH (German, accessed on August 9)