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Awards at Musikmesse

A variety of important awards will be presented during the Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main.

Best Edition Music Award

Winners of the Best Edition Music Award 2019
Gewinner des Best Edition Music Award 2019

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.

German Musical Instrument Award

Winners of the German Musical Instrument Award 2019

The German Musical Instrument Award is the most important award for the country’s musical-instrument makers and has been presented by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie – BMWi) during Musikmesse for nearly 30 years. The two categories in which the award is given are changed annually and reflect the multi-faceted character of the musical-instrument sector in Germany. The commitment of the Ministry underscores the significance of handicrafts production for the German musical-instrument sector and the German economy.

European School Music Prize

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European School Music Prize 2019

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.

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Frankfurt Music Prize

French Quatuor Ébène string quartet
Frankfurt Music Prize 2019 goes to Quatuor Ébène

The Frankfurt Music Prize has been awarded since 1982 to personalities from the world of music for special achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology, teaching and services to music making and has been presented annually on the occasion of the Frankfurt Musikmesse since 1982. The donors are the Federal Association of German Musical Instrument Manufacturers (Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikinstrumenten-Hersteller e. V. - BDMH) and Messe Frankfurt GmbH. The Award is given annually in rotation to personalities the fields of classical and popular music.

The Frankfurt Music Prize 2019 goes to the French Quatuor Ébène string quartet. The Frankfurt Music Prize is given annually within the framework of the Musikmesse and honours personalities who have made a special contribution to the international music scene and culture.

The Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize acclaim Quatuor Ébène as an outstanding ensemble whose electrifying playing is characterised by passion, complete fidelity to the original works and a simultaneous delight in improvisation. Through their seemingly effortless crossover into the world of jazz, the musicians have succeeded in increasing public awareness of the string quartet as the elite of chamber music, as well as attracting more people, especially younger people, to the concert halls. Moreover, the members of Quatuor Ébène – Pierre Colombet, Gabriel Le Magadure, Marie Chilemme and Raphaël Merlin – also pass on their outstanding skills and expertise to the coming generation of musicians in master classes

The Quatuor Ébène string quartet was founded in 1999 at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory in France. The group first came to international attention in 2004 after winning first prize in the string quartet category at the ARD International Music Competition. Subsequently, the ensemble went on to become firmly established on the musical landscape with a reputation for versatility and a repertoire ranging from classic works to interpretations of well-known film soundtracks and pop songs. Over the intervening years, Quatuor Ébène has won numerous international prizes, including the BBC Music Magazine Award, the Gramophone Award, the Midem Classic Award and various ECHO Klassik awards.

International German Piano Award

International German Piano Award

The International Piano Forum will present the 10th International German Piano Award on 31 March 2020.

The nominated pianists will play for the laureate jury in the semi-finals. Only two will be selected for the final and grand finale on 31 March 2020. After their performances, the laureate of the International German Piano Award will be chosen.

As a member of the audience, you can vote for the best pianist in the grand finale.

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.

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PRG Live Entertainment Award (PRG LEA)

PRG Live Entertainment Award at Festhalle Frankfurt

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.

Competition ‘New Therapy Instruments’

Messe Frankfurt and the German Music Therapy Society (DMtG) hold the ‘New Therapy Instruments’ competition on the occasion of Musikmesse 2020. Learn more about the competition!

a person is playing a handpan

The competition honours not only hand-crafted therapy instruments but also new digital applications, such as music apps. The condition for inclusion is that the products are suitable for use and helpful in one or more of the many areas of music therapy. They can be developments that are easy to employ, that have a special simulative nature, trigger impressive experiences or offer easier access to music for people with impairments.

An expert jury of music therapists, musicians and instrument makers will select the most successful works from the entries. Decisive for the judging are criteria such as originality, design, ease of use and potential for therapeutic use.

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For visitors

From October 2019 you can buy your online ticket for the next Musikmesse here.

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For journalists

Download the press texts and photos, forge contacts and obtain your accreditation online.

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