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*POSTPONED to 2021* MediaSoundHamburg 2020

August 11 @ 8:00 am - August 16 @ 5:00 pm CEST

2018 MediaSoundHamburg scholarship holders

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone this year’s International Summer School until next year.

New date: August 10 – 15, 2021

All scholarships for this year remain valid. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all sponsors once again.

This year’s YOUNG TALENT AWARD MEDIA MUSIC Composition Competition will also be postponed until next year. The submitted entries will also remain valid.

About the event

MediaSoundHamburg is the leading international summer school for film music, game music and sound design. The event has taken place annually since 2011.

Full programme details for 2020, our 10th anniversary event, will be published later. Please save the dates!

For ten days, national and international film composers, game musicians and sound designers meet international professionals and renowned experts. In various workshops, master classes and forums, the participants work on specific projects and get new ideas for their artistic work.

Previous guests in Hamburg include Patrick Doyle, Randy Thom, Mark Stoeckinger, Shigeru Umebayashi, Michael Nyman, Olivier Derivière, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, Tim Nielsen, James Mather, Christopher Young, Bille August, Ben Burtt, Annette Focks, Joe Kraemer, Chris Huelsbec and Youki Yamamoto.



With regular scholarships, MediaSoundHamburg promotes young talent in the field of film composition, game music and sound design. Since 2011, the Fondation SUISA, a foundation of the Swiss collecting society SUISA, has supported nine young film composers. They all still profit from the top-class network and still rave about the concentrated and familiar working atmosphere.

Some scholarship holders were recommended to big majors, got one of the coveted study places at the Royal College of Music in London or are still regularly requested for composition commissions. The scholarship includes free participation in all events as well as free accommodation and board.




In the three-day Masterclasses in film music, game music and sound design, the participants work together with top-class international professionals on specific tasks and projects already set up for the course. The participants also get an insight into their working methods, gain practical experience and receive individual feedback on their own work.


In our forums, experienced composers report on the great moments and lows of their work. The forums give the participants the opportunity to ask questions about the fields of film music, game music and sound design, to gain experience and to get ideas for their future career.


Our workshops offer a practice-oriented introduction to different sections of film music, game music and sound design. The topics range from composing and arranging via media music to working with various software such as ProTools or programs such as the Vienna Sound Library.

Special events

MediaSoundHamburg offers public evening events for a wide audience.

  • ‘An evening with…’
    In the podium discussion, our most prominent guest gives an entertaining and humorous insight into his work and lets the audience participate in the creation process of his composition by means of selected film or video sequences. Audience questions are welcome.
  • Young Talent Award: Awards Ceremony
    The winners of the Young Talent Award Media Music will be honoured at a family award ceremony.
  • Farewell Party
    On the last evening of the International Summer School we review the past ten days with all participants, lecturers, sponsors and guests. With finger food, drinks and an extensive programme the beautiful view of the Elbe river will be enjoyed one last time before it‘s time to say goodbye again!



All MasterClasses, Workshops, Forums and SpecialEvents can be booked individually. The prices for the single tickets can be found in the current program. Students, trainees and interns receive a 20% discount.

Pricing details to follow.



Young film composers, game musicians, sound designers and interested people from all over the world up to the age of 35 can apply for a scholarship.

A scholarship includes free participation in all MasterClasses, Workshops, Forums and Special events as well as accommodation and board worth €3.000,00.



Please book tickets via the MediaSoundHamburg website.


Elsa Brändström Haus
Kösterbergstraße 62
Hamburg, D-2258 Germany
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