Frankfurt, Germany (Weltexpress). On April 10th, the world’s largest and most significant music industry trade fair opens its doors for a four-day excursion into the world of musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing. The foremost meeting place for the international music instrument industry for nigh on 30 years, manufacturers and retailers, as well as professional, semi-pro and hobby musicians converge on Frankfurt am Main, to see, hear, and try out the latest, brand-new products over the four day event (April 10-13th – with Saturday open to the public).
This year, 1,512 exhibitors from 51 countries will be presenting a sweeping range of music-making products. From classical instruments, acoustic or electric guitars and basses, brass and woodwind instruments, strings, percussion and keyboards, up to and including electronic equipment and computer hard and software, the Frankfurt Music Fair is the place to be, to see and hear everything that makes a noise! Not forgetting the music publishing sector: all the major publishing companies are in attendance, presenting their works in all genres: from classic to jazz, rock, pop and electro.
And what would the Music Fair be without music? Aside from the huge range of products and services on display, the Fair also provides the setting for lots of live concerts, shows, competitions, workshops, seminars, product presentations and discussions. For a full overview of events, click here: http://events.messefrankfurt.com/musikmesse
Two for the Price of One: Prolight + Sound
The Music Fair is traditionally held in tandem with Prolight + Sound – the world’s largest international trade fair of technology & services for events and entertainment. Together, the two trade fairs generate the perfect synergy for exhibitors and visitors, alike. In addition to the wide range of products and services on show, a variety of presentations and seminars are also being held at Prolight + Sound.
Awards and Award Ceremonies
In case anyone thought that Awards Season was over, it is really just getting into gear. A plethora of awards will be bestowed during this year’s Music Fair, including the German Music Instrument Prize, honoring German instrument makers both traditional and modern; the MIPA (Media International Press Award) for the finest and favorite products launched by the music-instrument sector during 2012, selected by over 100 international trade mag journalists, among many others. There’s the final round of SchoolJam, Germany’s biggest competition for student bands to look forward to, held every year during the Musikmesse, as well as the Frankfurt Music Prize, established in 1980, awarded annually by the Frankfurt Music Prize Foundation.
For full details, see: http://musik.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/events/awards.html
Not to mention concerts, shows and side events going on all over town. Frankfurt am Main will be rocking!