The German Music Information Centre
The German Music Information Centre (Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum, MIZ) is a contact point and centre of expertise for anyone seeking information and data on musical life in Germany. Under the aegis of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat) it documents structures and developments in key areas including musical education and training, amateur and professional music-making, media and music industry. Its goal is to impart greater transparency to Germany’s musical life, to serve as a guide to the country’s rich and diverse musical landscape and to foster the exchange of ideas and experience.
The Centre was founded in 1998. The only institution of its kind in Germany, its offerings are aimed at professional circles, scholars, politicians and media representatives as well as at amateurs and music lovers from Germany and abroad. As a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), it works in conjunction with some 40 national music information centres from all over the world.
An important foundation in the Centre’s early years was its Musik-Almanach, published at three- or four-year intervals and edited by the Centre’s staff from 1998 onwards. This standard reference work on musical life was issued by the German Music Council from 1986 to 2006 and contained specialist articles and systematic lists of musical institutions.
Today the German Music Information Centre has expanded its field of activity in many directions. The website miz.org serves as a platform for the presentation of its wide range of offerings. Its extensive institution database – successor of the Musik-Almanach – provides information on missions, goals and contact details of more than 10,000 institutions related to musical life in Germany. Augmenting the database is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 statistics on current developments in various branches of musical life. These collections of data serve as a basis for a wide range of specialist articles, which the Centre commissions on a regular basis. Furthermore, the Centre’s offerings include interviews and thematic focuses, a collection of documents on cultural policies and research findings, and up-to-date news items. Additional databases inform on course offerings in the realms of continuing and further music education and musicology (kurse.miz.org), and on current social issues like ‘Music and Integration’ (integration.miz.org).
The German Music Information Centre is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States (KSL), the Collecting Society for Performance Rights (GVL), Hal Leonard Europe Limited, and the Federal City of Bonn.