Giga-Hertz Award

Red plaque with "Giga-Hertz-Award" in white letters

Since 2007 the Giga-Hertz Award for electronic music has been jointly awarded by the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics and the Freiburg EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR.

Giga-Hertz Award 2018

This year, the Giga-Hertz Award is endowed with a total of 20,000 €.

Sound as Medium of Fine Art

The Giga-Hertz Award is dedicated to world-famous physicist Heinrich Hertz (1857–1894) who discovered electromagnetic waves at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) where he taught at the end of the nineteenth century. The prize was arranged as an initiative of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, and since 2007 has been jointly awarded by the leading German studios for electronic music: the Freiburg EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR and the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe.

Giga-Hertz Grand Prize for Lifetime Achievement

The Giga-Hertz Grand Award of 10,000 € distinguishes renowned composers for their lifetime achievement. The prize is based on jury recommendations rather than an open call.

Giga-Hertz Special Prizes

The two internationally oriented Giga-Hertz Special Prizes are each endowed with 5,000 €. They serve to initiate and promote of new projects and are directed at composers of electronic and acousmatic music.

The application for special prizes takes place in two stages:

  1. With the submission of a reference work no more than five years old and no longer than twenty minutes. This work forms the basis for the jury’s evaluation, and should clearly use electronic-technical means. Furthermore, in the case of selection by the jury, the work in question should be presentable with minimum technical effort.
  2. A project exposé of a new, projected work should also be submitted. The prizewinners' newly created works will premier as part of the Giga-Hertz Award ceremony in the following year. The realization of these works takes place by the jury's decision whether at the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR or at the ZKM | IMA. (The project proposal can be modified to match the production resources available at the respective studios.)