Popakademie Baden-Württemberg

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Popakademie Baden-Württemberg
University of Popular Music And Music Business
Type Public
Established 2003
Rector Udo Dahmen & Hubert Wandjo
Students 338 (WS 2014/15)
Location Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Website www.popakademie.de

The Popakademie Baden-Württemberg (University of Popular Music And Music Business) is a German public conservatory for popular music based in Mannheim, Germany. Established in 2003 by the state of Baden-Württemberg,[1] it was the first institution of higher education in Germany to offer academic degree programs focusing on popular music and music business.[2] It offers three bachelor and two master degree programs. Furthermore, the Popakademie is a centre of competence for all aspects of the music industry with numerous projects in the areas of international cooperation and regional development.

Academic Profile[edit]

Popakademie main building in Mannheim.

The Popakademie Baden-Württemberg is divided into an artistic and a business sector. Each sector contains one accredited bachelor and one accredited master's degree program. In February 2015, the Popakademie established a new bachelor's degree program in World Music.[3]

Conditions of application are equivalent of A-levels or international baccalaureate. Additionally, practical experience is required. To apply for the master's degree program, a bachelor's degree is required. Admission for the programs is only during the winter term. Studying at the Popakademie is free of charge.

Popular Music Department

Director: Udo Dahmen

  • Pop Music Design (Bachelor of Arts)
  • World Music (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Popular Music (Master of Arts)

Music and Creative Industries Department

Director: Hubert Wandjo

  • Music Business (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Music and Creative Industries (Master of Arts)

Among the 150 lecturers of the Popakademie, there are outstanding artists and experts of the music business.[4] Business and music students as well as graduates of the Popakademie took part in successful collaborations, such as the German number-one-albums of Casper, Cro, Frida Gold and Tim Bendzko.[5] Popakademie-related bands and artists like Abby, Crada, The Intersphere, Virtual Riot, Get Well Soon, Jewelz & Sparks and AudioDamn! played international shows and festivals such as Glastonbury and SXSW.[6] Graduates of the Popakademie work as musicians, composing artists, songwriters and producers or as artist managers, label owners, publishers and (executive) staff members in all relevant functions of music business companies.


The Popakademie is part of a worldwide network. It has partnerships and cooperates with many international conservatories and institutions. As a member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), it promotes intercultural exchange of students and lecturers. The Popakademie has an Erasmus University Charta. Regularly, projects and events such as the European Band- & Businesscamp, the International Songwriter Week and the International Summer Camp take place at the Popakademie in Mannheim.

Partner network (selection):[7]


  1. ^ Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg Retrieved 2012-03-13
  2. ^ The Manhattan of Germany: the innovative Mannheim city. The New Economy. March 21st, 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-12
  3. ^ Popakademie erhält einzigartiges Zentrum für Weltmusik. Focus Online. Feb 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-02
  4. ^ Manfred Heinfeldner, Arte Metropolis: Eine Erfolgsgeschichte - 10 Jahre Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, June 2013 Retrieved 2014-05-07
  5. ^ Anna Heese, Deutsche Welle: Rock star training at Mannheim's Pop Academy, October 2013 Retrieved 2015-03-01
  6. ^ Musikmarkt: SXSW 2015: Deutsche Rekordbeteiligung und Panel zum deutschen Musikmarkt, February 2015 Retrieved 2015-02-28
  7. ^ Partner network. Popakademie.de. Retrieved 2015-02-12

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Coordinates: 49°29′47″N 8°27′26″E / 49.4964°N 8.4572°E / 49.4964; 8.4572