A director of alba KULTUR –International Office for Global Music.
Birgit Ellinghaus has a long record of work in culture and music, supporting, recording, presenting and touring artists from all over the world. She has worked with exiled musicians, directed cultural centers and since 1989 she is a director of the arts management agency, alba KULTUR.
Since 1997 she has been active as a music publisher and producer and has released more than 25 international CDs on her own world music label ‘Heaven and Earth’. As an advisor and expert she has worked with the NRW Ministry of Culture, German city councils, the Goethe Institute, the German UNESCO Commission and other public art institutions.
From 2012 – 2016 she servered as curator for the world music series ‘Underway’ of Berlin Philharmonics. Since 2016 she is the curator for the world music series at Frankfurt Old Opera House. She is the head of network for Klangkosmos NRW – the network of global music in the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany (over 2200 concerts since the year 2000).
She served as jury member for BabelMedMusic 2011, 2012 and 2016, WOMEX 2014 and for the European Festival Label Award EFFE 2015 and in 2017.
She is a columnist for and member of the Advisory Board of the German music magazine ‘Folker’.
Since 2013 Birgit is extraordinary member of the “Institut for World Music and Transcultural Studies IWTM” of “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln” and a mentor and/or lecturer for colleges and universities in cultural management programs.
Since 2009 she is appointed by the German UNESCO Commission as member of the Advisory Board for Cultural Diversity in the National Committee of Culture.
Since 2017 she is chairman of ifm e.V., the federation of independant musicians and other professionals in music in Cologne and speaker of the working group ‘global music @ ifm’.