The Landesmusikrat is the umbrella association for music associations and societies in the state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW). Its legal form is that of a registered, non-profit association. Its members include 20 individuals and 55 societies, groups, organisations and institutions which reflect the diversity and interests of musical life in the region.
Its constituent bodies are the General Meeting and the Executive Committee which consists of the president, four vice presidents, up to five committee members, a treasurer and an honorary president. The vice presidents are the respective chairpersons of the four working groups of the Landesmusikrat: Music education, training and research (AG1), Youth music (AG2), Amateur music (AG3), Music as a profession, in the media and in commerce (AG4).
The daily operations of the Landesmusikrat take place at its head office based in Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine Westphalia.
The musical landscape of North Rhine Westphalia is one of the densest in the world. From early music to pop, a kaleidoscope of stylistic varieties has evolved. Hundreds of thousands of people in NRW are musically active as professionals or as passionate amateurs. Many of them are in associations and organisations. As the umbrella association, the Landesmusikrat represents their interests in politics and the media.
Such a dense cultural landscape requires intensive measures to nurture young musicians. The Landesmusikrat motivates and encourages the musical talents of children and youths through regular competitions. Furthermore, it supports the state youth ensembles where the prize winners can make music together in a professional atmosphere.
The Landesmusikrat provides the regional music scene with a forum for discussions. Working groups and committees develop ideas, widen networks and evaluate conditions. Its administrative office covers the groundwork, supervision and documentation.
The Landesmusikrat is committed to amateur music-making in NRW. Additionally, it supports professional artists and art managers, advocates music in the social fringes and fights for the innovative and inclusive power of music in NRW.
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