Deutscher Musikrat
German Music Council
Deutscher Musikrat-Logo.svg
Formation13 June 1953; 69 years ago (1953-06-13)
HeadquartersBonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Region served
ServicesUmbrella organisation
Parent organization
International Music Council

The Deutscher Musikrat (DMR, German Music Council; German: [ˈdɔʏtʃər muːˈziːk rat]) is an umbrella organization for music associations and the 16 music councils of the German federal states.[1] It represents over 14 million music-loving citizens who, for professional reasons or as amateurs, are affiliated with the Musikrat and its member organizations. With more than 100 member associations, institutions and numerous personalities, it acts, together with its projects and support measures, as an advisor and competence centre for politics and civil society.[2]

The council acts as the National Committee of the Federal Republic of Germany in the International Music Council of UNESCO. The patron of the non-profit association is the President of Germany. It runs competitions such as Jugend musiziert, Jugend jazzt and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, and nationwide orchestras such as the Bundesjugendorchester. It is based in Berlin and Bonn.


2003 German stamp issued on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Council's foundation
2003 German stamp issued on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Council's foundation

On 13 June 1953, a German section of the International Music Council was founded in Bonn, on the initiative of the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Musikerziehung und Musikpflege" and the German UNESCO Commission. It was called Deutsche Sektion des Internationalen Musikrates. Shortly afterwards, at the General Assembly of the International Music Council, the German section was recognised as a "National Committee". Based on this, the task was conceived from the outset to be of equally international and national importance. This claim was reinforced in 1956 with the official name "Deutscher Musikrat – Deutsche Sektion des Internationalen Musikrates" (German Music Council - German Section of the International Music Council). Since the 1960s, it has continuously expanded its support programme. The "Jugend musiziert" (Youth make music) competition project was founded in 1964 to promote young musicians in Germany. Five years later, the Bundesjugendorchester was founded as a national youth orchestra, easing the way for young musicians into professional life.

In the German Democratic Republic (GDR), a similar organisation was founded in Berlin in 1962, called Musikrat der DDR (Music Council of the GDR). It was mainly dedicated to the development of international relations while the Verband Deutscher Komponisten und Musikwissenschaftler (Association of German composers and musicologists) took over the tasks within the GDR. In 1990, after the Wende, the boards of the two German music councils met for the first time and discussed the prerequisites for a merger. All supported projects supported were immediately extended to the new federal states in the former GDR.

As a result of the merger, the headquarters of the DMR is in Berlin, with a focus on political work, while the supported projects are managed by a non-profit project company in Bonn. It is the largest umbrella organization of music, representing around 14 million people related to music in Germany.[3]

On the occasion of the organization's 50th anniversary, a commemorative stamp was issued on 12 June 2003.


Together with its partners, the DMR is committed to all areas of social life that are connected to music, including raising awareness of the value of creativity, providing impulses for musical life open to all forms of musical expression, promoting young people, and selecting areas of national importance.

According to the council's information, the focal points of its music-political work are the promotion of both professional musicians and amateurs, of young musicians, contemporary music, and information about music in Germany and its documentation.[4]

In addition, the DMR runs national orchestras such as the Bundesjugendorchester and Bundesjazzorchester [de]. It organises various competitions, including Jugend musiziert, Jugend jazzt and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb. Together with the broadcaster ARD and the Landesmusikrat [de], the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb [de] is held every four years.

Documentation about competitions, anniversaries and events

Further reading


  1. ^ Überblick über Organisationsstruktur des DMR (retrieved on 10 May 2019)
  2. ^ Informationen zu den Mitgliedern des DMR (retrieved on 10 May 2019)
  3. ^ "" (in German). Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  4. ^ Informationen zu den Projekten des Musikrats (retrieved on 10 May 2019)