Federal music associations and national music organisations

The music sector is organised into national, regional, state-wide and local professional associations of the musical branches, in accordance with the federal structure of the musical sector. In addition, there are numerous associations which lobby for certain instruments, for the repertoire of a certain composer or for thematic, religious and economic areas. These are often financed predominantly by means of institutionalised public funding. Collecting societies are also important as associations representing certain interests in the music sector.  

The German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat e.V.) is the largest national umbrella organisation within the public and intermediary music sectors, into which more than 90 professional associations of the various music branches and 16 regional music councils as well as a number of renowned individual music personalities in Germany have organised themselves. It represents the interests of its affiliated organisations in a dialogue with the political sector in order to create and maintain an affordable and accessible musical and cultural infrastructure in the hands of the public, to protect intellectual property, to support appropriate framework conditions for a creative economy focusing on cultural diversity and to promote a foreign cultural policy in the music sector as a pillar of international understanding.
The German Music Council is organised both as a non-profit association and as a non-profit project company, which supports individual projects such as competitions (e.g. German Choir Competition (Deutscher Chorwettbewerb), German Music and Orchestra Competition (Deutscher Musik- und Orchesterwettbewerb) and Youth makes music (Jugend musiziert)), the Federal Youth Orchestra and the German Music Information Centre MIZ. The project company also produces publications on the music landscape in Germany.

The following is a small selection of collecting societies and important national associations. Approximately 300 more associations in the music sector can be found on the MIZ website.

Professional associations related to musical branches

Professional and thematic, religious and economic professional associations in the music sector

Collecting societies

The music sector also includes actors from cultural minority groups, alternative or new social movements and the transnational music sector, who often organise themselves into informal or open networks and platforms. They are often not part of association structures, but play an important role for their respective areas of the music sector as lobby and specialist organisations – particularly with regard to innovation and in supporting young talent. Networking can be promoted through project funding at the local, state, national and European levels. This work is often financed by volunteers or internal funds.

Selection of open networks and platforms

  • create music – network of pop cultural bands and cultural actors in NRW
  • BR Home (BR Heimat) – folk music platform of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation

Open platforms within the transnational music sector with German participation

  • eeemerging – Emerging European Ensembles for early music
  • Liveurope – European platform project of popular music concert halls for the promotion of up-and-coming European musicians

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