European School Music Prize 2018

Highest endowed prize for school music

Winners of the European School Music Prize 2017

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 2018 Musikmesse in Frankfurt. For the 8th 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 2017/18 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

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