How do you support musicians
For example, the State Minister for Culture helps finance the Beethoven House in Bonn, the Leipzig Bach Archive, the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy House in Leipzig and the Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik e.V.
In addition, she supports numerous nationwide projects of the German Music Council and the German amateur music scene. The Bayreuth Festival is a world-class music theater event - and has therefore been funded by the federal government since 1955. The purchase of the Richard Wagner National Archives and the redesign of the Richard Wagner Museum in Bayreuth were made possible with the support of the Federal Government.
In the field of contemporary music, the federal government supports the Donaueschinger Musiktage for contemporary music through the Federal Cultural Foundation. They are the oldest festival for new music in the world and the most renowned of its kind in Germany.
In addition, the Federal Government coordinates and supports numerous projects to honor Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020 as an event of national and international importance.
Orchestra funding program
In order to promote the artistic diversity of German orchestras, the federal government has launched the new funding program "Excellent orchestral landscape in Germany". Despite tight municipal budgets, it is intended to offer musicians opportunities for innovative projects that address important future issues of society and the development of music culture. From the 2017/18 season onwards, 31 projects by 29 publicly funded concert orchestras will be supported through this program across Germany.
Further information on the orchestra funding program
Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin
The Minister of State for Culture has been funding the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin since 2017. In the state-recognized music college, students from all over the world, mainly from the Middle East, receive classical music training here. The Barenboim-Said Academy draws on the successful work of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which Daniel Barenboim and the literary scholar Edward Said founded in 1999. The guiding principle of the orchestra is that its members listen to each other across cultural and political differences. The young musicians of the Divan learn to make music among equals at the highest level, to work together and to communicate. In this atmosphere, different views remain possible while the focus is on what connects them.
The Barenboim-Said Academy raises the concept of the Divan - education through music and education in the spirit of democratic humanism - to a new level: Since the academy opened, young scholarship holders, mainly from Israel and the Arab region, have been receiving Daniel Barenboim's educational spirit and Edward Saids. In addition to the musical education as a focus, the students also take part in lectures and seminars in philosophy, music, art and literature history and the history of modern times.
Beethoven anniversary 2020 - a national event
Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday in December 2020 will catch the attention of music lovers all over the world. The Federal Republic of Germany is celebrating the anniversary of the Bonn-born musician and composer as an event of special national importance. Together with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhein-Sieg district and the city of Bonn, it finances a Beethoven anniversary society that realizes and promotes innovative project ideas in the federal city, the region and the state. The house where the composer was born is being expanded and has been redesigned as a museum. In addition, the federal government coordinates and promotes national exhibitions, events and artistic projects that deal with the life and work of the composer or place his work in the context of contemporary art.
Promote rock, pop and jazz
In order to improve the situation for German rock, pop and jazz music, the federal government is involved in the "Initiative Musik". The non-profit project company promotes young musicians, music export and cultural integration.
With the APPLAUS venue program award for the areas of jazz, rock pop, the federal government also promotes outstanding programs from selected music clubs from the areas of rock, pop and jazz throughout Germany - and thus also the work of young musicians. There are special programs so that clubs can bring their lighting and sound technology up to date with the latest digital technology. Through special programs made possible by the German Bundestag - for example the program for the digitization of performance technology - the Federal Government supports live music venues in responding to the challenges of digital change and thus better meeting the needs of contemporary artistic productions.
The federal government is also setting new accents by promoting important festivals and conferences in the scene, including the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, the jazzahead! in Bremen, the c / o pop in Cologne and the Pop-Kultur Festival in Berlin. Formats that support industry exchange, the popularization of German groups or artists at home and abroad as well as innovative artistic developments are funded here.
Music competitions for amateurs and young talent
Music lives from its performance - and always new interpretations. The Minister of State for Culture also supports a whole series of music competitions through the German Music Council in particular: from amateur music to competitions for top young musicians. The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, in which young musicians are prepared for a career in an orchestra, is also promoted as an ambassador for a contemporary orchestral culture. In order to be able to make high-quality musical instruments available to the young musicians, the federal government has set up the German Musical Instrument Fund together with the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Through a competition, talented young musicians can borrow the valuable instruments and advance their artistic development at the highest level. Since 2016, the federal government has also been supporting contemporary music with a music fund for its creation, communication and dissemination in a wide range of genres.
Institutions and projects promote music
The Institute for Music Research with its musical instrument museum is funded by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Selected events of the Berlin Festival and the House of World Cultures are supported by their umbrella organization "Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH". As part of the capital's cultural promotion, the State Minister for Culture has been involved in the Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH Berlin since 1994 together with the nationwide radio "Deutschlandradio", Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (RBB) and the State of Berlin. As of 2018, the federal government will be jointly responsible for financing the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Opera Foundation.
The other list of funded institutions and projects is extensive. They all guard musical cultural assets that are worth preserving and that would otherwise be lost - or give space to new trends that could not develop in the first place without state support. The federal government's music funding is therefore also an investment in Germany's cultural future.
This post was last updated on 7/11/2018
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