Attention turned to domestic repertoire during a panel at the Popkomm music industry conference and trade fair in Berlin.

Mike Heisel, member of the Supervisory Board of Initiative Musik, an organization to supporting artists from tax revenues, called for an increase in the funding available to music sector to help German music at home and abroad.

He wants the same amount to be made available for music as for film. Music had previous subsidies of €3.5 million ($4.4 million) for 300 music projects for two years. Film gets €60 million ($76.2 million) a year in subsidies, he said.

Heisel pointed out that, due to financial difficulties, both the federal states and the municipalities were no longer able to provide studio rooms for talented new artists in Germany or to finance clubs, where they were able to reach a broad audience with live performances.

"In future we want to continue to support the production of recordings by promising talents an amount of €20,000 ($25,395) each," said Heisel. Heisel announced that Initiative Musik and German musicians would be appearing at trade fairs in China and America.

According to Heisel, so far two products had been successfully placed in the charts: the group Polarkreis a year ago on the Motor label in the Top 10 of the album charts, and the singer/songwriter Philipp Poisel on the Grönland label. He said that further releases supported by the organization were about to enter the charts.

Dirk Kiefer, head of "Kompetenzzentrum Kultur & Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes" (National Competence Center for Culture & the Creative Industry) in the Berlin area, reported that his center had been supporting the German Government Culture and Creative Industry initiative on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology since November 2009.

He explained that the purpose of the support was to put the music industry on a stronger footing and to improve the general conditions for those involved.

"The aim is to make access to public funding easier for creative entrepreneurs and to promote their further economic development. In addition to this, the idea is to help them to better exploit international markets. Mainly addressed are start-ups, project makers, micro-entrepreneurs and freelancers", said Kiefer.