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Musikmesse: Frankfurt Music Prize 2020 goes to Peter Maffay and his band

27 Feb 2020

With 19 Number One albums, he is the most successful artist in the German album charts. This year’s Frankfurt Music Prize goes to singer, composer and music producer Peter Maffay and his band. The internationally renowned award is presented annually at the Musikmesse, Europe’s biggest trade fair for the music sector, which this year is being held from 1 to 4 April. The ceremony will take place in the ‘Paulskirche’, Frankfurt am Main, at 19.00 hrs on Friday, 3 April.

“Peter Maffay is a multi-generation artist and committed human being who is admired not only for his artistic achievements but equally for his extraordinary social, philanthropic and unifying commitment”, said the jury of the Frankfurt Music Prize commenting on their decision.

The song ‘Du’ (You), which took him from the world of German ‘schlager’ music to rock, launched his career in 1970. Peter Maffay combines conviction with directness and his band, several members of which have been with him for a good forty years, has played no small role in this. With songs such as ‘Eiszeit’ (Ice Age), he made unequivocal political statements. In 1983, he wrote ‘Tabaluga’, a rock fairy tale about a small dragon. The concept album was followed by a musical, film and a TV series. Today, his ideas about tolerance, friendship, humanity and love reach children in over 100 countries.

Peter Maffay is always crossing new bridges outside the world of music. In the eighties, he worked intensively on social projects, for the environment and peace, as well as against violence, dictatorships and racism. In 2000, he founded the Peter Maffay Stiftung, a charitable trust that enables around 1,800 underprivileged, ill and traumatised children a year to take countryside vacations in four holiday developments in Germany, Spain and Romania. Peter Maffay has received numerous awards, including the ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’, the German Cross of Merit, in 1996 and 2008. On 3 April 2020 he and his band will be in Frankfurt to receive the Frankfurt Music Prize.

For the award ceremony, within the framework of Musikmesse Festival, a limited ticket quota is available for music fans. The tickets are not for sale, but will be given away for free in a raffle. Those who are interested in the raffle can participate at

Frankfurt Music Prize

The Frankfurt Music Prize has honoured personalities from the music scene for extraordinary achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology, teaching and promoting music making since 1982.

Donated by the National Association of German Musical Instruments Manufacturers (BDMV) and Messe Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Music Prize is worth € 15,000. Previous prize winners include Udo Lindenberg, Peter Gabriel, Keith Emerson and Marie-Luise Neunecker. Last year, the Frankfurt Music Prize went to the French string quartet, Quatuor Ébène.

The members of the Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize of the international Musikmesse Frankfurt are:

  • The Mayor of the City of Frankfurt
  • The Chairperson of the National Association of German Musical Instruments Manufacturers (BDMV).
  • A Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt
  • Two representatives of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat)
  • Two representatives of German conservatories


Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,600* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €733* million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

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* preliminary figures 2019