The Goethe-Institut conveys an up-to-date image of the diversity of music in Germany and initiates dialogue and exchange between artists at home and abroad. Every year, a number of music projects take place with professionals as well as amateur and young talent, such as tours, concerts, master classes, workshops and symposiums. They cover the entire spectrum of genres in German music: early and classical music, jazz, rock and pop, electronica, sound art and contemporary classical music.
The Music Division at the Munich head office acts as a consultant and motivator for the Goethe-Instituts abroad and the German embassies. Two volunteer artistic advisory boards support the division in its work.
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.
Professional musicians from all genres who live and work primarily in Germany have the following opportunities to collaborate with the Goethe-Institut:
Applicants have no legal claim to financial assistance. Any funds provided shall be voluntary payments for projects that conform closely to the cultural and educational foreign-policy objectives of the Federal Government of Germany and that could not have been carried out without this assistance.
Applications should be submitted six months in advance. Short-term requests are possible after a telephone consultation of the Music Section
Application form (MS Word, German version only)
Goethe-Institut e.V., Music Section
Dachauer Str. 122
phone: +49 89 15921 878
fax: +49 89 15921 671
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.
For young and amateur musicians from all genres as well as for professional chorus, there are funding possibilities for the following:
The Goethe-Institut’s department for young and amateur musicians has handed over responsibility for holding annual auditions for the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) in Germany to the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. For more information from September go to http://www.hfm-berlin.de/.