National Contests

Treffen junge Musik-Szene

“Texte treffen Töne” (Lyrics strike the right note) is the slogan of the Treffen junge Musik-Szene, a national German contest for emerging musicians. Not who but what strikes the right note is the key factor in the selection process. And this is just one aspect of the competition that makes it stand out from other talent contests and casting shows promising quick paths to fame. The Treffen junge Musik-Szene offers young musicians something quite different, namely, assessment, orientation, and some provisions on the tough road for artists in pursuit of their identity.

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The contest

This national contest was founded in 1984 as a forum for emerging artistic talent aimed at 11 to 21-year-olds. It is announced every year in March, welcomes all musical styles and is aimed at soloists, duos or bands that are not yet under contract. Up to three songs can be handed in together with the application form. The deadline for applications is 31 July.

The selection

A jury of seven members chooses the winners. It is not so much the technical quality that counts in the jury’s decision but the quality of the songs’ lyrics and musicality. The jury pays special attention to songs that tell a story or communicate something to the listener as well as the quality of musical arrangements appropriate to the age of the applicants. The contest closes when the winners are chosen. The prize is an invitation to the Treffen junge Musik-Szene.

The prizewinners’ concert

All prize winners will play together in front of an audience in the club at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele especially set up for the concert. A full day will be allocated to sound checks and there will professional support at hand from the Berliner Festspiele technicians and musicians in the jury. The concert will be recorded.

The Treffen

The Treffen junge Musik-Szene thrives on the fact that solo artists meet large formation bands, bands meet duos and young meet old; spontaneous collaborations arise, and each person learns from the others. The Campus, specially conceived for the contest in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, offers practical workshops on themes such as song writing, singing, improvisation, musical arrangement and stage performance. Mutual performance analysis and discussions with experts provide an exchange with jurors and experts.

In the evening jam sessions, new constellations are tried out, perspectives are shifted, stylistic prejudices are overridden and habits are discarded. One good habit is that former prize winners drop in on the jam sessions and play along.

The end of the meeting always marks a new beginning in terms of friendships and mutual projects in locations all over Germany. Everyone takes with them memories of the intensive period in Berlin and inspiration for new songs.

The Forum

The Forum is aimed at teachers and disseminators. It provides practice-orientated further training and an exchange platform for colleagues.


For some former prizewinners, the Treffen junge Musik-Szene was the first step on the ladder to an artistic career. This was the case for singer-songwriter Philipp Poisel from Stuttgart, the chansonniers and pianists Sebastian Krämer and Bodo Wartke, the Bavarian singer Claudia Koreck, the north German band Vierkanttretlager, the singer and Voice of Germany finalist Eva Croissant, the Popstar Akademie scholarship holders from the duo Kleinstadtpoeten, and so on. Details of all past prize winners can be found in our chronicle.


Treffen junge Musik-Szene

Impressions of the festival 2017

Treffen junge Musik-Szene

The chronicle

All musicians since 1984