Symphony concerts, choral singing, chamber ensembles, jazz session. Music is a way of expressing moods and feelings which is understood all over the world.
The German Music Information Centre (Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum, or MIZ) is the central institution for information on music and musical life in Germany. Under the aegis of the German Music Council it documents structures and developments of a multi-faceted musical culture. Topics range from music education and training to amateur music-making, and from funding and professional practice of music to the media and the music industry. The MIZ gathers not only data and facts about musical institutions but also provides maps illuminating Germany`s musical landscape, statistical data, articles describing the major subareas of Germany`s musical life, documents, and daily news.
The library of the German Music Information Centre (MIZ) is a special library to the music life in Germany and opens fields like music education, music professions, music management or sponsorship just as music and cultural politics, music and media, music and economy or music and right.
The Library Service Centre Baden-Württemberg offers a web directory for public internet supply in the field film.
At the internet page German Music Guide of the Goethe Institute information about different fields of music is arranged in commented link lists.
The Goethe Institute’s music section offers further information in the field music.
In the worldwide net of the Goethe Institutes there are events organised not only important for Germany but also take place in Germany. An overview provides the calender of events of the Goethe Institute.
The House of World Cultures is a place for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse. Visual arts, music, literature, performing arts, film, academic discussions and digital media are all linked in an interdisciplinary programme that is unique in Europe. In cooperation with artists and experts, it offers visitors opportunities to grapple with the conflicts, challenges and questions of our time.
The Goethe Institute arranges the answers of the important questions at its internet page.
For its professional music projects abroad, the Goethe Institute develops, organises and selects artists for concerts, master classes, workshops and symposia in virtually every music genre. Professional German musicians and ensembles can apply for a cooperation. In addition, the German Foreign Office provides a travel allowance through the Goethe Institute for concerts and short-term residencies abroad by professional musicians even if the Goethe Institute is not directly involved. The promotion is a key feature of cultural programme work of the Federal Foreign Office.
In the field of choirs, amateur and youth ensembles as well as new talent the Goethe Institute promotes the representation of German music abroad. Amateur and next-generation ensembles can apply to the Goethe Institute for a grant toward travel expenses. Support ist available for music projects abroad involving amateur, young vocal and instrumental groups of any size, makeup or genre – as well as for educational music projects.
Ensembles from developing and transition countries whose economic situation prevents them from paying the costs of international travel themselves can be funded for their tour of Germany. Professional ensembles and artists as well as amateur and youth ensembles and new talent can apply.
Further information at the Goethe Institute Munich.
The Goethe Institute and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth support international music exchange projects between young people. This support includes funding for eligible projects involving musical encounters and exchange between German youth ensembles and comparable foreign partner groups or organisations abroad. Grants are available for exchange projects abroad to cover part of the German participants’ travel expenses. For visiting foreign partners in Germany, grants are available to cover part of the foreign and German participants’ accommodation and programme costs.
The European Union Youth Orchestra brings talented young musicians from the 27 EU countries together with a view to overcoming cultural boundaries and spreading this spirit worldwide in its concerts. The high level of musicianship and commitment of the young members has garnered outstanding international repute for the orchestra, which is regularly compared with the best orchestras in the world. Application information at the Goethe Institute.
In order to foster common cultural projects such as film festivals, theater productions, and exhibitions featuring artists between German and French institutions the Robert Bosch Foundation initiates the funding programme DUO. During one year, two cultural institutions work together in tandem, and have the opportunity to send an employee to the partner institution during two to four weeks. The exchange is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. The participants should benefit from the stay by getting to know the partner institution’s conceptual policy, their program planning, and work approach, and by identifying synergistic effects.
The Federal Cultural Foundation has made cultural relations between Germany and African countries the theme of the new international programme TURN - Fund for German-African Cooperation. The programme started with a two-year fund to promote artistic exchange and cooperation between artists and institutions from Germany and African countries. The main objective of the programme is to provide incentives to German institutions and artists (museums, theatres, dance companies, art association, composers, writers, publishers, etc.) to broaden their profiles with new themes, working methods and perspectives.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) promotes with following programmes for musicians and artists free artistic development. For a certain period of time their life and work at appointed places is supported.
The Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme is one of the most renowned international programmes offering grants in the fields of visual art, literature, music and film. Each year, some 20 grants are awarded to international artists for approximately a one-year stay in Berlin.
The Künstlerhäuser Worpswede see themselves as a place of international encounter. They aim to promote professional artists in the fields of the fine and visual arts, literature and music by awarding residential grants. They also support the projects of the funded artists and present these to the public.
The Foundation Künstlerdorf Schöppingen awards grants to authors and artists as well as in the field New Media and composition. During the time of six month the awardee lives and works in the artists’ village.
Each year, the Hertie Scholarship Programme makes ten scholarships each lasting one year available to members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra who come from countries in Eastern and Central Europe. The scholarship serves to provide financial support for musical training at an university or a college.
The Künstlerhaus Lukas sees itself as a place for artistic work and for international meeting and encounter for professional artists from the disciplines fine arts, literature, dance and music. The international context focuses on the Baltic littoral states.
For particularly well-qualified German students, post-graduate and post-doctoral scholarships in special-field of music the DAAD offers a number of scholarships and grants.
The Akademie Schloss Solitude promotes with its scholarship programmes mainly younger, particularly gifted international artists from the disciplines architecture, visual art, performing art, design, literature, music/sound, video/film/new media.
Application forms and further information at http://bewerbung.akademie-solitude.de.
The Federal Government Representative for Culture and Media provides artists of the fields of literature, music, visual arts, performing arts and media arts, a 10-week stay at the Castle Genshagen near Berlin. The participants come from Germany, Poland and France and develop a common result of her artistic work.
Composers may apply to spend a period at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. Inspired by their surroundings, they will have the opportunity to develop their creative work. Composers stay in Rome for between six and twelve months. Applications should be made to the Ministries of Culture in the relevant Bundesland, candidates are selected every two years.
Similar residencies are also available in the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. The Ministries of Culture in the individual Bundesländer conduct the selection for Paris and Oslo.
The Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation awards up to ten Hezekiah Wardwell Fellowships annually for Spanish musicians and musicologists. The Fellowship allows you to pursue further training or advanced studies at a college of music or conservatoire in Germany, mentored by an established music teacher. The deadline is 10 January each year.
The DAAD arranges and supports long- and short-stay programmes available for German scientists who would like to teach in higher education abroad.
Working Group Music in the Youth
Internationale Working Group for Music
Jeunesses Musicales Germany
Association of German Music Schools
Work Community Music
International Society for Further Training in Music Pedagogics
German Music Information Centre