Founded in 2005 by the German Composers’ Association (DKV), with support from the GEMA Foundation, the German Composers’ Archive (DKA) preserves collections of works by contemporary composers and provides practising musicians, academia and the media with these culturally significant sources.
The main element of the archived collections of works is musical manuscripts, in particular, but they also contain audio/audiovisual recordings, reviews, programmes, photographs, correspondence and other materials related to the creative process.
The German Composers’ Archive is part of HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden (a City of Dresden institution). Its openness for every musical genre and its connection to an interdisciplinary working arts facility make the German Composer’s Archive one of a kind in Europe.
An advisory board supervises the work of the German Composers' Archive, supports the management of the archive by providing practical advice and makes decisions on which gifts and bequests are to be added to the archive.
The current board members are:
Prof. Michael Karbaum, Munich (chairman)
Former director of GEMA Foundation
Thomas Bürkholz, Berlin
President of Dramatiker Union, composer
Frank Geißler, Dresden
HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden,
Program Director Special Projects, Kids on Stage, Portraits
Dr. Joachim Jaenecke, Berlin
former head of Prussian Cultural Heritage department at Berlin State Library,
Academic consultant to general management
Thomas Kübler, Dresden
Head of Dresden State Archive
Bernd Wefelmeyer, Berlin