Archiving of music, © Musikarchiv NRW


Once upon a time there was a private col­lec­tion

North Rhine-Westphalia is without doubt one of the most important musical centres in Germany. From classic to the modern age, numerous well-known artists, composers and ensembles from the serious and entertainment music sectors have lived and worked here. The federal state is also home to music industry companies. Training institutions have attracted artists, teachers and students. Studios, publishers and important concert venues have contributed that an incredibly diverse music scene has become established here.

Originating from the private collection of its current head, Matthias Schumacher, the Musikarchiv NRW has now collected over 150,000 individual items. These include the bequests of Günter Noris, Richard Bargel, the Cologne rock legend Zeltinger, and also archive material from the history of the Basement. The archive is a museum and a place for research in equal measure. There are no regular opening hours. However, Matthias Schumacher is always happy to open the door to the archive on request for anyone who is interested.

Further information:
Maarweg 136, 50825 Cologne


An insight into the Musikarchiv, © Musikarchiv NRW

Images and videos

Be inspired: images of your NRW

Nina Hagen live at the Beethovenhalle Bonn (1992), © Musikarchiv NRW
Melissa Etheridgelive at Zeche Bochum (1990s), © Musikarchiv NRW
Mark Alman live at the Zeche Bochum (1990s), © Musikarchiv NRW
Carmel live in the Zeche Bochum (1990s), © Musikarchiv NRW

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