Hal Leonard Europe and Deutscher Musikrat announce wide-ranging partnership

The German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat) has teamed up with Europe’s largest printed music publisher and distributor, Hal Leonard Europe, to support musical life in Germany. Deutscher Musikrat operates a great variety of long-term projects, including the German Music Information Centre (Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum, or MIZ), the national centre of expertise and contact point for anyone seeking information and data on musical life in Germany. The long-term sponsorship agreement will see Hal Leonard Europe (HLE) support MIZ as follows:

Musical Life in Germany

In 2019 the German Music Information Centre published its brand new book Musikleben in Deutschland, an exhaustive exploration of the many different aspects of Germany’s rich musical culture. The 620-page publication includes background details and data about music culture in Germany, comprising 22 articles: from music education and training to amateur and professional music-making, the music economy and the media. With HLE’s support, in early 2020 the book will be published in English, bringing the product of MIZ’s immense research to international audiences. This unique publication will be distributed throughout the world to libraries, embassies and other institutions involved in musical work and cultural policy-making, illuminating the depth and diversity of German musical life.

IAMIC Conference 2020

HLE is proud to be official sponsor for the next annual conference of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC). The conference will be hosted in 2020 by MIZ in Bonn, seat of Deutscher Musikrat’s Project Company and birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, which makes it a fitting location in the composer’s 250th anniversary year. Representatives from the Music Information Centres of over 30 countries will gather from June 1 to 5 to discuss global issues including copyright law and music funding.

MIZ Online

In 2021, HLE’s support will facilitate a new English language version of the MIZ website, further promoting and supporting German musical culture.

“ Our vision at Hal Leonard Europe is for lifelong music making for everyone. The Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum plays a vital role in the promotion and support of all facets of music making across Germany and we are thrilled to enter this partnership. ”

Mark Mumford, Managing Director, Hal Leonard Europe

“The German Music Council is pleased to start this new close collaboration with Hal Leonard Europe as a strong, globally active partner. We will be able to come together to further promote music making and continue to develop Germany’s rich music culture. We are very grateful to Hal Leonard Europe for that.”

Stefan Piendl, Managing Director, Deutscher Musikrat

About the German Music Council

The German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat, DMR) is the umbrella organisation of musical life in Germany. It represents the interests of around 14 million musicians and enjoys the patronage of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The organisation is composed of the Berlin-based association Deutscher Musikrat e.V. and the Bonn-based non-profit project company Deutscher Musikrat gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH, sponsor of the following projects: National Young Artists Concerts, German National Youth Jazz Orchestra, National Youth Choir of Germany, National Youth Orchestra of Germany, German Choir Competition, German Music Competition, German Orchestra Competition, German Music Information Centre, Conductors’ Forum, Sponsorship Projects for Contemporary Music, ‘Jugend jazzt’ Competition, ‘Jugend musiziert’ Competition and PopCamp.


About the German Music Information Centre

The German Music Information Centre (Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum, MIZ) is the national centre of expertise and contact point for anyone seeking information and data on musical life. With its online portal www.miz.org, MIZ operates the leading information platform on musical life and provides information on institutions, structures and developments in central areas: from music education and training to amateur music-making, professional music practice and the event industry, to the media and the music economy. Its goal is to impart greater transparency to Germany’s musical life, to serve as a guide to the country’s rich and diverse musical landscape and to foster the exchange of ideas and experience.

MIZ is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States (KSL), the Federal City of Bonn and the Collecting Society for Performance Rights (gvl). Its international partner is Hal Leonard Europe.