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Music Therapy Society call for proposals for new instruments and sounds

Instrument makers, artists and music therapists invited to develop concepts for new instruments

Messe Frankfurt and the German Music Therapy Society (DMtG) have announced a competition to design and implement ideas for new instruments and sounds. The winner of New Therapy Instruments competition will be announced at Frankfurt’s music fair in April 2019, and will receive a €2000 prize.

The competition is open to makers and designers of hand-crafted therapy instruments and new digital applications, with the only condition that the products be suitable for use in one or more areas of music therapy. “They can be developments that are easy to employ, that have a special simulative nature, trigger impressive experiences or offer easier access to music for people with impairments,” explains the Messe Frankfurt and DMtG.

Volker Bernius of DMtG adds: “From inclusion work to neurology: the use of music therapy instruments is multifarious and new products, from which music therapists can profit, are continuously being developed. Our aim is to draw attention to this broad spectrum at Musikmesse. With the new competition, we also aim to boost innovation in the sector and make a contribution to the promotion of future-oriented projects.”

The deadline for prototypes and product information is 31 January 2019. Full details about entries can be found at

Musikmesse will take place in Frankfurt am Main from 2–5 April, 2019. In The Wire 415,Trevor Barre travelled to the South West of England to examine the relationship between music and mental health through an innovative project helping residential patients articulate their experiences using recording, improvisation, poetry and chance operations. Subscribers can read the article via Exact Editions.