The German music award ECHO was one the most important and renowned music awards worldwide. Each year, the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, the cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (German music industry federation), awarded the ECHO to honour the most successful and outstanding achievements of German and international musicians. It all began with the ECHO Award in 1992; in 1994 the ECHO KLASSIK Award was established, and since 2010 the ECHO JAZZ Award had complemented the ECHO – German Music Award brand.
The ECHO KLASSIK awards were among the highlights of the classical music year, annually bringing together all the big names on the classical scene for a sparkling gala event. While paying due respect to great recordings, ECHO KLASSIK had always aimed to recognize and reward young talent and bring the fascination and variety of classical music to a wider audience.
The Deutsche Phono-Akademie (German phono academy) had been founded on 27th September 1973 as the non-profit-making cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (German music industry association). Aside from supporting musical talents, it was the aim of the Deutsche Phono-Akademie to honour outstanding artists and to bring those political, cultural, scientific and business groups associated with the musical arts field closer together.
In 1992, the Deutsche Phono-Akademie took the groundbreaking step of establishing the name ECHO for an award to mark achievements in the field of recorded music at both national and international level. The Deutsche Phono-Akademie was host of the ECHO, the ECHO KLASSIK and the ECHO JAZZ award.
The cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie attracted public attention to the music business and placed upcoming artists in the spotlight. The Deutsche Phono-Akademie saw itself as a neutral and unifying mediator among the performers, the media, politics, business and the public, and highlighted new paths for synergies.
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