Events / Calendar
25 Sep

26 Sep
Online-Conference Gesellschaft für Popularmusikforschung
On September 25 and 26, the Popakademie in cooperation with the Leuphana University of Lüneburg will host the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Popularmusikforschung e.V.. The conference will take place as an online conference. The focus is on the examination of power relations and specific threat scenarios or experiences within popular music cultures. Further information can be found in the conference program (only in German).

The conference is free of charge for all interested parties. Registration is requested at the e-mail address gfpm2020@popularmusikforschung.de.
27 Sep
Tambour Quartett  © Ellen Schmaus
Tambour Quartett © Ellen Schmaus
Sunday Beats with the Tambour Quartett
Sunday Beats, the joint concert series of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg and Stadtpark Mannheim, which celebrated its successful premiere last year, could not be continued in 2020 as planned in the Konzertmuschel in Herzogenriedpark due to corona.

So the series has moved to the Seebühne in the Luisenpark Mannheim and so the Tambour Quartett will be on the Seebühne on September 27, 2020 from 3 pm.

The Tambour Quartett, born as a duo, is now expanding its music with new sounds.
An earthy sound that oscillates between oriental tradition, jazz and blues and reflects the identities of the international line-up. Sometimes soft and gentle, sometimes powerful and punchy, a bundle of different styles, which are mixed together in a consistent and balanced way to explore new areas of music but also of cultures, which after all have so much in common.

Admission to the concert is free, the park entrance fee is 7,50 € for adults.

Please observe the hygiene rules:
It´s absolutely necessary to keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
A mask must be worn until you take your seat.
Due to a pandemic, the park will record the contact details of event visitors. Here you can download the contact data sheet.
The number of seats is limited to 210 persons.
Seebühne im Luisenpark Mannheim
Application deadline
Writing songs yourself, tinkering with lyrics, creating compositions - SONGS the songwriting competition in cooperation with the Stiftung Bildung und Soziales of the Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg celebrates its fifth birthday and gives young songwriters the chance to be on the big stage with their song again. Join us and apply with your song until October 23rd, 2020.
14 Nov
World Drum Festival
World Drum Festival
World Drum Festival
Save the date! For the sixth time, the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg will host the World Drum Festival on 16 November in cooperation with the Cultural Office of the City of Mannheim and the European Drum and Percussion Association Percussion Creativ.

In workshops, clinics and concerts, internationally renowned percussionists will show what is currently happening in the global jazz and pop music scene.

Due to the current situation, it is not yet clear whether the event will take place in the Pop Academy or via streaming.
SONGS final concert
On November 27th, the award ceremony will take place at the final concert of the songwriting competition SONGS in the SpardaWelt Event Centre in Stuttgart. Selected participants will perform their songs live in front of a jury of experts from the music industry. Admission is free.
SpardaWelt Eventcenter, Am Hauptbahnhof 3, 70173 Stuttgart
Open House
On the 6th of February the open day of the Popakademie takes place from 15 o'clock. The information day offers lectures and information about studying at the Popakademie as well as student counselling of staff, lecturers and students.
The information day also provides insights into the project and competence areas of the Popakademie. In the evening, the semester-end concert of the pop music design students will take place.

  • Consulting for the study courses Pop Music Design B.A., World Music B.A., Music Business B.A., Music and Creative Industries M.A. and Popular Music M.A.
  • Trial lectures with Prof. Hubert Wandjo & Prof. Udo Dahmen
  • major courses consulting Popmusikdesign B.A.: drums, producing, singing, keyboard, guitar, bass, music theory & composition
  • Information Centre World Music
  • Information Competence Center: Popular Music, Artist Agency Klinkt, Seminars & Continuing Education

Due to the current situation, it has not yet been finally decided whether the event will take place in the Popakademie or via streaming.
Ab 15 Uhr, Einlass ab 14.30 Uhr