In the past two decades, the German Music Information Centre has published over 100 statistics on diverse aspects of musical life. This compilation comprises more than 40 selected, permanently updated statistics in English.


Music in Germany's State Education System

In every federal state, music is firmly anchored in the curricula of primary schools and all grades of secondary levels I and II. The following documents provide information on the status of music teaching in schools for all age levels.

Music Education outside the State School System

Music schools play a key role among the providers of music education outside the state school system. Germany has a large number of public music schools as well as private companies and freelance teachers. Our data presents key facts on both the public and the private sector.

Education for Music Professions

In the winter semester of 2018-19, more than 33,000 students were enrolled in degree programmes for music professions and musicology in Germany. Here we present data on numbers of enrollments and degrees earned, showing the current situation as well as developments over a span of almost two decades. Furthermore, we provide insights into the current proportion of female and male students as well as the popularity of German degree programmes for international students.

Music Making and Live Music

Amateur Music-Making

Amateur music-making is one of Germany's largest areas of civic engagement. One of its cornerstones is the membership in choirs and instrumental ensembles, many of which are brought together in umbrella organisations such as churches and registered associations. Our data provides information on activities in this field. Additional figures refer to the importance of music practice in families.

Music in Church

Churches are important places for musical life in Germany. Our figures show the number of professional church musicians and ensembles in the Catholic and Evangelical Church.


In addition to hundreds of independent ensembles, 129 publicly-financed orchestras provide a wide-ranging concert offer. Our data provides information on the number of their permanent positions as well as on events and concert attendance.

Music Theatre

Music theatre with its genres opera, dance, musical and operetta is very popular with Germany's theatre audiences. Our figures present data on events, attendance, staff and expenses of publicly financed theatres and orchestras. Our lists of the most popular works in the repertoire also include data from major private theatres and festivals.

Concert Halls

Germany has a high density of music venues. 15 of them meet the criteria of a concert hall and rank among the most famous venues of the country. For the following statistics, we have collected basic information on their modes of operation.


Music festivals of various genres and formats can be found all over the country. The German Music Information Centre records about 600 festivals with supraregional importance in the professional sector alone. Here we present socio-demographic data on people's interest in attending festivals, as well as lists of renowned events for classical, contemporary and church music in Germany and abroad.

Music Economy

Business activities

Activities in the music economy are depicted for various subsegments, including creative artists, live music, recorded music, music publishers, collecting societies, musical instruments and music teaching. The following statistics represent a comparison of two different publications, using the number of companies, turnover, persons employed and gross value added as indicators.