Activities for professionals
The Goethe-Institut’s international work with professional musicians encompasses the conception and implementation of tours, concerts, master classes, workshops and symposiums. Every year approximately 1,000 music projects take place covering every musical style.
A large share of the programmes are generated by the interplay of the Goethe-Instituts abroad with local partners such as festivals, concert halls and clubs – supported by the expertise of the Music Division in the head office of the Goethe-Institut. Other music projects are initiated by the dialogue of the division with renowned cooperation partners in Germany.
Professional musicians who live and work primarily in Germany and are interested in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut can submit materials to the division at the head office. In addition, there are possibilities for direct project funding for guest performances and working stays abroad. Guest performances in Germany by professional musicians from developing and transition countries can also receive funding.
Activities for young talent and amateurs
The scene of young and amateur musicians in Germany is unparalleled in its diversity and quality worldwide. Over eight million young and amateur musicians play or sing in a choir or orchestra, in rock bands, jazz groups or chamber music ensembles. Every year, the Goethe-Institut supports 300 to 400 international projects by these ensembles, which carry out concert tours, concert encounters or workshops together with their musical partners.
Additionally, the Goethe-Institut promotes guest performance tours to Germany: musicians, choirs and orchestras from developing and transition countries can in this way organize concert tours or festival appearances together with their German partners.
Yet another significant field of work is the promotion of artists abroad. In transition countries there is an incalculable number of talented musicians yet frequently a lack of schools and suitable music teachers. Together with partners in the target countries, the Goethe-Institut supports and develops music education projects and measures that benefit the training of music instructors, choir directors and instrumentalists.
Besides these activities, the Goethe-Institut is engaged in music youth exchanges on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. In these programmes, young musicians between the ages of 12 and 26 years meet and make music together in Germany and in the respective host country.
Once a year, moreover, the Goethe-Institut conducts auditions for the German candidates for places in the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). The EUYO is the official youth orchestra of the EU and its members are the most talented young musicians from all 27 EU countries between the ages of 14 and 24.