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1 – 4 April 2020 Frankfurt am Main Tickets & Registration

European School Music Prize 2019

Highest endowed prize for school music

Winners of the European School Music Prize 2018
Winners of the European School Music Prize 2018

The European School Music Prize (ESP) honours the outstanding achievements of teachers in the field of music education in schools. The award ceremony will be part of the 2019 Musikmesse in Frankfurt. For the 9th 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 2018/19 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.

Prize money and jury


The European School Music Prize is endowed with a total prize money of 21,000 EUR, divided in six categories – Musical work in the classroom (grades 1-4, 5-12, and schools for children with learning difficulties) and musical work in work groups (grades 1-4, 5-12, and schools for children with learning difficulties). The aim of the ESP is to document and show appreciation for outstanding and exemplary instances of creative work with musical instruments and to make them available to the public, this way reaching the awareness and appreciation for school music classes.

More information on the competition and the application modalities can be found on the Internet at

The award ceremony of ESP 2019 will take place at Musikmesse on 5 April 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Music Education Forum, Room Spectrum.

For exhibitors

Are you interested in exhibiting at the next Musikmesse? From the end of May 2019 you can register here.

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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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