A variety of important awards will be presented during the Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main.
PRG Live Entertainment Award (PRG LEA)
The PRG LEA (Live Entertainment Award) is the official opening event of Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse. Outstanding achievements of the event industry will be honoured at a high-grade gala evening in the ‘Festhalle Frankfurt’.
This event is unparalleled in Europe and the almost 1,400 invited guests represent a cross section of the event industry. In 14 categories, concert promoters, agencies, artists’ managers and venue operators, in some cases with the stage artists, will be honoured for successful tours, shows, festivals and individual events and outstandingly managed locations.
All renowned personalities from the sector will be there.
The PRG Live Entertainment Award 2020 will be presented on 30 March 2020 at the Festhalle Frankfurt.
Frankfurt Music Prize
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.
The Frankfurt Music Prize will not given this year due to COVID-19 Crisis.
International German Piano Award
Talent, passion and musical talent unite the prize-winners and nominees for the International German Piano Award. They enthral their audience by their energetic interpretations of the works of the great composers.
To mark the tenth anniversary of the International German Piano Award, the International Piano Forum will be presenting the prize-winner for 2020, plus two further virtuosos who have already emerged from the International German Piano Award.
On Sunday 29 and Monday 30 March the three preliminary rounds will be held in the Literaturhaus Frankfurt. The 2020 prize-winner will then make his debut in the Great Hall of the Alte Oper Frankfurt and will be presented with the International German Piano Award.
The preliminary rounds:
29 MARCH – Literaturhaus Frankfurt
9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. First Round, with six nominated pianists
2.15 – 4.30 p.m. Second Round, with four nominated pianists
30 MARCH – Literaturhaus Frankfurt
10.00 – 11.45 a.m. Finale, with two finalists
31 MARCH Gala Concert, Great Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt
7.00 – 10.30 p.m.
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2
Pavel Baleff, conductor | Prize-winner 2020, soloist
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Nimrod David Pfeffer, conductor | Alexei Melnikov, soloist
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
Yalchin Adigezalov, conductor | Dmitri Levkovich, soloist
Baden-Baden Philharmonic, orchestra
Following the performances by the three soloists, the award will take place of the FAZ Audience Prize.Tickets
Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA)
Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA) is the 'Grammy' of the musical instrument sector. Every year on the occasion of the Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound, journalists from over 100 international trade magazines choose the best products of the musical instrument and professional audio industry for the Musikmesse International Press Award. Under the auspices of the MM-Musik-Media-Verlag and Musikmesse, the international music journalists meet in Frankfurt to select the MIPA winners in over 40 categories.
The awards will be presented to the winners for outstanding products in a grand evening event with over 300 representatives of international manufacturers and distributors.
Over the years, the Musikmesse International Press Award has developed into the 'Grammy' of the musical instrument and professional audio sectors.
The “MIPA Lifetime Achievement Award” will be handed over to Fred Gretsch. The award honours the Gretsch CEO’s exceptional accomplishments for the music industry.More information
Best Edition Music Award
Every year, the German Music Publishers' Association (Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband e.V.) presents the Best Edition Music Award during the Musikmesse.
In the field of music literature, the Best Edition Music Awardhonours publications of sheet music and music books meeting high editorial, graphic and publishing standards. The German Music Publishers' Association founded the Best Edition Music Award in 1991.
The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 2 April 2020 at 11.00 a.m. in the Networking Forum.More information about the Best Edition Music Award
European School Music Prize
The European School Music Prize (ESP) honours the outstanding achievements of teachers in the field of music education in schools. For the 10th year running, the Society Of Music Merchants (SOMM) is announcing the ESP. The purpose of the prize is to document, honour and draw public attention to methodically creative work with music instruments in order to promote active music making in schools.
Teachers and pupils from the whole German-speaking area as well as German schools in foreign European countries are called up to submit their innovative methods and projects in music classes for the school year 2019/20 online, documented in a five-minute video. The video documentations of the prize winners will be made public on the website of the European School Music Prize, and shall serve as pool of ideas and source of inspiration for other teachers.
The award ceremony will be part of the Musikmesse in Frankfurt.
Competition for extraordinary musical instruments
Submit your designs of exceptional instruments now. Everything is allowed and nothing too special, it is only important that you are the inventor of the instrument. A top-class jury assesses all entries. The most original three instruments will be shown prominently at Musikmesse in April 2020 and awarded.
A participation is not longer possible.