In the run-up to the 2016 Berlin elections, the Berlin Landesmusikrat is running a postcard campaign to employ more permanent staff at music schools in the city. The initiative has now received high-profile support: The Berliner Philharmoniker together with its chief conductor Simon Rattle have answered the call to be photographed with the specially designed postcard. Orchestra board chairman Ulrich Knörzer says: “The Berliner Philharmoniker wholeheartedly support the concern of the Landesmusikrat and Berlin music schools. Only by offering permanent positions can enough qualified teachers be recruited. The quality of even the earliest classes in childhood is crucial in order for our young talent to get the support they deserve."
The Berlin Landesmusikrat has been stressing the need for more permanent positions in music schools for many years. In Berlin, about 93% of all music school teachers work on a fee basis. Only about 7% have permanent positions, 10 times less than the national average. The Landesmusikrat Berlin is an umbrella organisation which represents the interests of the institutions and associations which shape Berlin's musical life. It represents the musical interests of its members, acts as their coordination point and plays an advisory role vis-à-vis the Berlin senate and the political parties in the Berlin state parliament.