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Meisel Music is an independent, family-owned music business.
Our employees have wide expertise in publishing, production, recordings and sheet music.

History

With almost 100 years of existence, Meisel Music is not only one of the oldest, but still one of the leading independent music publishers in Germany. Founded in 1926 by operetta and film music composer Will Meisel, we have our origins in popular music.

The Founder: Will Meisel

For his music in 44 films, eight operettas and countless evergreens (e.g. "Berlin bleibt doch Berlin"), Will Meisel received important awards like the Federal Cross of Merit (1962) and less than two years later the most prestigious award for a composer of popular music, the Paul Lincke Ring (1964).

Meisel's Companions

Walter Kollo, Fred Raymond, Gerhard Winkler and Peter Kreuder - some of the best-known composers of pop songs and operettas who enjoyed national and international success in the first half of the 20th century - were, in some cases from the very beginning of their careers, associated with Meisel.

The Second Generation Gets On Board

In 1960, the second generation joined the company and founded Edition Intro Meisel. At just 20 and 25 years old, Thomas and Peter Meisel immediately launched two hits: "Midi Midinette" and "Zwei kleine Italiener" which were sung by Conny Froboess. For both songs, Christian Bruhn was in charge for the music with Georg Buschor responsible for the lyrics. Together, they had many more hits such as "Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht" which they wrote with and for Drafi Deutscher in 1965.

Hansa Studios

From the sixties onwards, the Meisel brothers put another focus on producing and recording - primarily in their Hansa Tonstudios which David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy made famous all over the world. All in all, they have received hundreds of golden records as producers, including 20 alone for Thomas Meisel's international success with Boney M. The recordings with Marianne Rosenberg, Frank Zander, Mary Roos or Roland Kaiser further prove their musical intuition. Giorgio Moroder, Frank Farian and Jack White also left their mark on the house when becoming international successful producers.

On The Wave Of Success

International success was achieved with songs that emerged from the eighties onwards. Particularly noteworthy are Trio with their NDW hit "Da Da Da", which began its triumphal procession around the world in 1982. The trend went towards English lyrics with Blueprint" (Rainbirds) and "From Sarah With Love" (Sarah Connor) also becoming international hits.

Monopol Records

The record label of the Meisel group of companies is now called Monopol Records. Highlights include recordings with the Palast Orchester and its singer Max Raabe, the Schöneberger Sängerknaben or the group Karussell. Today, the label releases works by Charis Alexiou, Frank Lars, Frank Lukas, Frank Schöbel, Jay Del Alma or Polkaholix.

The Third Generation

In 1998, Thomas Meisel's son Sven joined the company as Partner and Managing Director. Under his leadership, the expansion of the catalogue was driven forward. From 2014 on, Sven Meisel was the sole Managing Director of Meisel Music company. After Sven's sudden and unexpected death in January 2016, his wife Kirsten took over management. Meisel Musikverlage - now Meisel Music - is thus led as family business into the second century of its existence.

Farewell To Sven Meisel

On January 6, 2016, Sven Meisel passed away in Berlin after a short, serious illness at the age of 49. With great dedication and tireless effort, Sven devoted himself to his tasks as music publisher, label boss and studio manager. His exceptionally warm, smart and fair behavior in dealing with employees and business partners made him a very popular and appreciated personality in the German music industry. The painful loss is still difficult for all of us to comprehend today.

Schlager, Schlager, Schlager

After Sven's death, his wife Kirsten took over the management of Meisel Musikverlage, the Monopol label and the Berlin Hansa Studios. Under her leadership, the expansion of the catalog in its musical breadth as well as the sharpening of the publishing profile was driven forward. A highlight is the merger with Edition Plus to form Lucile-Meisel Musikverlag GmbH in 2020: the exclusive cooperation with Telamo, the leading label for Schlager, and the organization of several annual songwriting sessions have created Europes largest and most active publishing house for Schlager in Berlin.

Towards 100 Years Of Meisel Music

We are excited what the future holds and are happy that Meisel Musikverlage - now Meisel Music - will continue into the second century of its existence as a family business.

Our Team

Our employees have professional expertise in areas such as publishing, music production, recordings and sheet music.

Get to know the team!

Kirsten Meisel

Managing Director

Frank Lücke

CFO & Prokurist

Ina Wiens

Creative & Copyright

Elisabeth Braun

Administration, Royalties & Controlling

Hannes Kiesewetter

International Copyright

René Fabrizius

A&R Label

Miriam Rech

Synch, Tracking & Copyright

Rocco Weise

Hansa Studios

Marcus Zander

Zett Records

Berit Sellmer

Zett Records

Basti Becks

A&R

Sören Sellmer-Koegel

Royalties

Johann Berns

Royalties

Heike Krüger

Accounting & HR

Ines Lindner

Accounting

Florian Zimmermann

Sheet Music Shop Firmament

Safia Marie Bohm

Trainee

Michael Borge

Press & Promotion

Alica Zander

Copyright Assistant

Tim-Adrian Opel

Digital Consultant

Magnus Apelt

EDV & IT

Sophia Weise

Working Student

Lucas Gerardo Gonzalez Sonnenberg

Working Student

Bernd Drewell

Facilities

Publishers & Editions

In-house

  • Echo Musikverlag GmbH
    Edition Carabeo
    Edition Firstlineaudio
    Edition Foxtown Media
    Edition Jay Neero Music
    Edition KHB Music
    Edition Marisa
    Edition Marquardt
    Edition Rockstroh
    Edition Songcontext
    Edition Top Secret Music Production
    Edition Zigzett
  • Edition Gabriel
    Edition Werner Zeidler Musikverlag
    Schnucki Music
  • Edition Intro Meisel GmbH
    Edition Alemannia Musikverlag
    Edition Keine Faxen Publishing
    Edition M8 Musik
    Edition Media29 Publishing
    Edition NCA Publishing
    Edition Paper Pug
    Edition Primero Musikverlag
    Edition Sahilli
    Edition Schuka
    Edition Superservus
    Edition Zeilenreich
  • Hansa Musikverlag GmbH
  • Edition Meisel GmbH
    Adler Musikverlag
    Edition Dietzmann Gerhard
    Edition Harrison Musikverlag
    Edition Lorena Musikverlag
    Edition Majestic
    Edition Richard Bars Bühnenverlag
    Edition Willi Kollo Verlag
    Figaro Verlag Marielouise Kollo
  • Lucile-Meisel Musikverlag GmbH
    Edition Akla Musikverlag
    Edition A.M.K.
    Edition Erimusic
    Edition Plessow Musikverlag
  • Monopol Verlag GmbH
  • Nero Musikverlag GmbH & Co. oHG
  • Puma Musikverlag GmbH
    Edition Laufton
    Edition NFP Musicas
    Edition Schulenburg
    Edition Tonart
  • Radio-Tele-Music GmbH
    Edition Mokri
    Edition RMI
  • Sinus Musikverlag

Administrated

  • C.A.R.E. Music Group GmbH
  • Chamaro Musikverlag
  • Edition Air Franz
  • Edition Artmosphäre
  • Edition Made in Germany
  • Edition Oliver Deville
  • Edition Soundjack Music
  • George Glueck Publishing GmbH
    Edition Räubermann
    Edition Spyder Songs
    Edition Sunsex Songs
    Edition Texas Lightning
    Edition Thor Songs
    Edition X-Cellent Music
  • Hilaster Bavilario Music AG
  • Just Us Music Production GmbH
  • Kim Planert Music INC
  • Musicolor Musikverlag > Edition Mc Four
  • Prima On Tour Veranstaltungs GmbH
  • welovemelodies Publishing
  • Weltverbesserer Musikverlag

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