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Music industry

The music industry continues to set its sights on Berlin. The city's pull on the music industry is unbroken! Digital trends are breaking new ground for music in the capital.

approx. 1500
companies
approx. 9000
employees
approx. 1 bn. €
annual turnover

(Source: Projekt Zukunft, Kurzinfo Musikwirtschaft Berlin - as of 11/2023)

The Berlin music industry unites all three major labels (Sony, Universal, Warner Music), indie publishers and innovative start-ups. Nowhere else in Germany do more people make a living from music and form a uniquely diverse music scene worldwide. More than 15% of the German music industry is based in the capital. Networks of small labels develop trends that are made accessible to a wide audience by globally active companies. The close links between music, fashion, design and film make Berlin an ideal editorial and production location.

Why Berlin?

„A shining national music scene, creative minds and international stars that love the city. As a market leader, we profit from Berlin's endless potential and we're set to generate even more musical highlights in the future.“

Frank Briegmann
Frank Briegmann President & CEO of Universal Music Germany

Facts and figures

  • Headquarters of Universal Music Deutschland, Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG), Euro Arts, Sony Music Entertainment / ATV Music Publishing, Viacom International Media Networks, Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH, Music Tech Germany and more than 500 independent labels
  • Creative music scene provides impetus for the music industry with innovative start-ups such as Voicd.FM, COLORSxSTUDIOS and Endel Sound
  • MusicTech hub with international appeal thanks to players such as Ableton, Native Instruments, MAGIX, BITWIG, Holoplot, MSM Studios, the Spatial Media Lab and MONOM
  • Berlin is the music capital with approx: 250 venues and clubs, 10 renowned orchestras, 2 concert halls, 4 operas, 4 musical and revue theaters, 100 classical ensembles, 880 choirs, 1,000 orchestral musicians, 1,000 rock-pop bands, 1,000 jazz musicians and 1,200 DJs
  • 70 national and international television stations, 60 radio and web music providers, as well as the various music magazines of the city guarantee fast, widespread dissemination of creative ideas: e.g. DISMARC MetastoreBerlin Music Library
  • “Capital of Talent”: approx. 3,200 students majoring in music and over 40,000 pupils at 155 music schools
  • Multifaceted club culture with a musical focus on techno, electronic and hip hop music
  • Excellent infrastructure of studios for professional demands as well as for up-and-coming bands: e.g. Hansa-Studio, Teldex, Nucleus Tonstudio, Riverside Studios, Funkhaus in Nalepastraße, Orwo-Haus and Berliner Rockhaus
  • Extensive range of online music magazines: e.g. Groove, Tonspion, Magnet Magazine and Rolling Stone
  • Extensive networks that represent the interests of music companies regionally, nationally and internationally: e.g. Federal Music Industry Association/ IFPI, GEMA, GVL and GVU e.V., the Clubcommission and Berlin Music Commission

Music and the media

Radio and television

  • Seven television broadcasters produce their programming in Berlin
  • Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN)
  • 39 radio stations, 19 of them headquartered in Berlin
  • Information channels and multicultural programs
  • 73 national and international television stations
  • 57 radio and web music broadcasters and services

Local music scene on regional and national television

  • Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (RBB) Berlin
  • TV. Berlin
  • ALEX
  • Offener Kanal Berlin
  • MTV Music Television from Berlin

Music magazines in Berlin (selection)

Online


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Berlin's music industry

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