News | Culture 30.10.2014

Medal of Merit for cultural manager Jens Cording

Mayoress Christine Strobl handing the Medal of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jens Cording at the town hall in Munich.

On behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck, Mayoress Christine Strobl awarded October 28 the cultural manager Jens Cording with the Medal of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the town hall in Munich.

Strobl praised Cording's long-standing and wide-ranging commitment to contemporary music and the enormous amount of work he has done personally to support the cultural world. "Mr. Cording volunteers extensively in the cultural sphere and sees himself as an advocate for new music. We have been delighted to be able to work with him in Munich as well as on Germany-wide projects. His commitment goes far beyond the call of duty and deserves our highest recognition," said Mayoress Strobl in her award speech.
Jens Cording trained at university as a music teacher specializing in the violin before playing in various orchestras and ensembles and working in the teaching profession. He then studied cultural management at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. His studies focused on marketing, event planning and time management. From 1993 to 2009 he was a project manager for music in the Siemens Arts Program. In this role, he initiated and designed projects involving commissioned compositions, concert series and structural projects in contemporary music. Following the reestablishment of Siemens Stiftung in 2009, he managed music-related cultural projects and played a decisive role in developing an online information platform for the music scene in Africa. The Music In Africa website went live on September 8 this year and provides helpful and reliable information free of charge on musicians, event organizers, record labels, investors, legal experts and journalists.

Cording is a board member of the German Music Council, sits on the Advisory Committee of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and was president of the Society for New Music, Germany from 2002 to 2011.
The Order of Merit is awarded to both Germans and foreigners for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for all kinds of outstanding services to the nation, for example in the field of social and charitable work. It is the only honor that may be awarded in all fields of endeavor and is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the common good. The Federal President awards the Order of Merit to draw public attention to outstanding achievements that he believes are of particular value to society generally.