Organizational chart: Organizational chart of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Music, including singing, is a primal form of human communication,something cultural policies need to take into account, particularlyin an era of increasing globalization. Music is a universal languagethat touches us, moves us and connects us. Regardless of our age,gender or background, music speaks directly to our emotions, fascinatingeven the very youngest. Exploring the world of sounds, experimentingwith different tones and noises, singing songs together,playing games that combine music and motor skills – all of theseactivities help children develop their senses and express themselvesthrough language and movement, thereby promoting personaldevelopment and a sense of belonging.

Because we consider music fundamental to holistic education, the Bertelsmann Stiftung uses music-related projects to enrich children’smusical experiences and enable them to pursue their owninterests in this area. Our projects expand the role of music inschools and childcare facilities, thereby making it an ongoing partof children’s everyday lives and a source of new ways of learning.

Based on the principle of tolerance for individual and cultural differences,our NEUE STIMMEN program promotes international understanding.Its international singing competition, master classes,lied master classes and concerts foster the development of up-and coming opera singers from all over the world, helping to cultivateand advance this venerable musical tradition.

Discovering Music

Culture is the basis for communication and communal life. Our projects make use of music's potential to promote tolerance, participation and equitable opportunities in society and to support personal and professional development among educators and young artists.