Promotion Activities

The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation is dedicated to contemporary music in a wide variety of ways. Alongside its annual presentation of the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for an outstanding life’s achievement, three Composers’ Prizes are awarded per year. Prize winners are nominated and selected solely by the Board of Trustees.

Furthermore, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation promotes festivals, concerts with premiere and repeat performances, composition commissions, symposiums and musicological publications worldwide. Another concern of the Music Foundation is the promotion of academies for young musicians and composers. In addition, the Music Foundation supports musical appreciation, children’s and youth projects which make New Music accessible to a new or young audience. The Board of Trustees awards grants-in-aid to exceptionally high-quality projects from the many applications it receives. Projects large and small carry equal weighting.


Circumstantial Update:
Dear Applicant, dear Friend of Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation,

in this period of crisis, which is no doubt hitting many of you hard, we would like to let you know that we are continuing our provision of support with adjustments for the given circumstances.

Support which has been approved remains approved, even if your projects need to be delayed or if they can no longer take place in their originally intended way.
Inquiries can be sent at any time to Isabel Berkenbrink ( or Jennifer Beigel (

We wish you all the best and continued health.
Kind regards,
the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation


You will find an overview of the projects currently receiving funding here.

More information on making an application.