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The Popakademie Baden-Württemberg is a limited liability company and a foundation. It is a public university of the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

The Popakademie Baden-Württemberg belongs to the tertiary education sector. A successfully completed degree from the Popakademie is equivalent to comparable professional degrees from public art universities (according to the Academy Act of 25 February 1992, amended on 9 November 2010).

The management of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg is overseen by a supervisory board as well as a board of trustees and also has an advisory board.


State of Baden-Wuerttemberg
City of Mannheim
Südwestrundfunk (Southwest Broadcasting SWR)
Media Authority of Baden-Wuerttemberg (LFK)

Chair of Supervisory Board
State Secretary Petra Olschowski, Ministry of Science, Research and Art, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Chair of Board of Trustees
Dr. Hans Reiter, Ministry of Science, Research and Art, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Chair of Advisory Board
Prof. Rudolf Meister, President of the Mannheim University of Music and the Performing Arts


The Popakademie Baden-Württemberg has dual leadership:

Prof. Udo Dahmen
President & CEO, Director of Popular Music Department

Prof. Hubert Wandjo
President & CEO, Director of Music and Creative Industries Department


By signing the WIN-Charter of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg declared its commitment to economic, ecological and social responsibility. The WIN-Charter of Baden-Württemberg is thus far the only sustainability management system in Germany focussed on SMEs. Companies that sign the charter pledge to develop and communicate their own initiatives within Baden Württemberg’s Sustainability Strategy.
More information about the WIN-Charter and those who have signed it can be found at www.win-bw.com.