The Landesmusikrat NRW

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.

Objectives and Responsibilities

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.

    We advocate

    • supporting and promoting musical awareness in NRW
    • music education
    • fostering the talents of highly gifted young musicians
    • music-making in all stages of life, from early childhood to old age
    • vocal and instrumental music
    • world music as well as German folk songs
    • traditional and contemporary music

    We ask ourselves

    • Do all children and youths in NRW have the opportunity to become actively involved in music while they are growing up?
    • What can we do to adequately foster young musical talents?
    • How can the working conditions of the many choirs and music associations in NRW be improved?
    • How can freelance musicians make a living from their art?
    • How can NRW‘s rich cultural landscape of orchestras, theatres and festivals be preserved for future generations?

    Together with our partners we are sponsor and patron of

    • Competitions: Jugend musiziert – Jugend singt – Jugend komponiert – Rock – Global Music – Jugend jazzt – Schulen musizieren – Klasse musiziert – Landes-Chorwettbewerb – Landes-Orchesterwettbewerb
    • Youth Ensembles: Landesjugendorchester –Landesjugendchor – Landesjugendakkordeonorchester – Junge Bläserphilharmonie – Jugendzupforchester – Jugendjazzorchester – Studio Musikfabrik: Jugendensemble für Neue Musik – SPLASH: Perkussion NRW – Kammermusikzentrum NRW

    The "Brückenklang" Project

    “Brückenklang“ – meaning bridges of sound – offers funding for music projects such as concerts, workshops and festivals in addition to organising its own workshop series and networking events.

    The concept of Brückenklang is based on the UNESCO convention for the protection and promotion of cultural diversity. Through its music projects it aims to promote diversity as a cultural wealth whilst breaking down prejudices and social barriers. Brückenklang focusses on non-professional, intercultural music, that is, music which builds bridges between music from different cultural backgrounds. Despite the rich diversity of music cultures in NRW, much of it exists separately, sometimes just a few streets away from each other. The Brückenklang projects bring the music of different cultures together and bridge the divide between music-makers.

    Brückenklang is funded by the Landesmusikrat NRW, the umbrella association for music associations and societies in the state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), through the state Ministry for Culture and Science in collaboration with the Landesmusikakademie NRW, the regional association of music schools, the state integration council and LAG Musik, the umbrella association for music for children and youths.

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