Due to the promotion of science and research, art and culture, the association is exempt from corporate and commercial taxes (Bonn tax office, corporate tax notice from February 10, 2017 for tax no. 205/5783/2058 for last reported period until December 31, 2014 according to article 5, section 1, no. 9, German Corporate Tax Law, and article 3, no. 6, German Trade Tax Law).
In 2016, in cooperation with the public sector, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn founded the Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft, a non-profit institution, to coordinate and promote the Beethoven anniversary project BTHVN2020.
Commercial activities, in particular the museum shop, are conducted by the Vertriebs- und Service GmbH of the Beethoven-Haus, a limited-liability company for sales and services. It is a 100% subsidiary of the association and currently has two executive managers.
In 1999, the Beethoven-Haus Foundation was added as a non-profit foundation. Right from the beginning, its mission was to support the activities of the Beethoven-Haus in the long run with funds and ideas, thus helping to carry out projects that are not financed by the public sector. The executive members of the Foundation Board are the Chairman, the Treasurer and the Secretary of the founder. A Board of Trustees serves as advisor. The foundation is supervised by the Cologne district government as a control body for foundations.
The Beethoven-Haus is engaged with several associations, federations, forums and working groups.
Foundation of the Beethoven-Haus Association by twelve well-esteemed citizens of Bonn
Primary objective: to acquire and restore the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven as well as establish a memorial
Honorary members: leading figures from politics, arts and science, amongst them Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, Giuseppe Verdi, Adolf Menzel
The first chamber music festival under the direction of honorary president Joseph Joachim is an overwhelming success.
Presentation of the most comprehensive Beethoven exhibition to date with loans from all over Europe; collection activities begin
10 May 1893
Inauguration of the museum on the occasion of the second chamber music festival
Third chamber music festival; until 1956, 30 festivals of international significance were held; usually one every two years
Acquisition of the original manuscript of the 6th symphony in F major, op. 68 (Pastoral symphony)
26 March 1927
Foundation of the Beethoven-Archiv on the centenary of Beethoven's death by Ludwig Schiedermair as a research and documentation institution
Aim: Record and document with photographs all preserved Beethoven manuscripts as well as compile all printed editions and establish a complete Beethoven library to be used as a basis for various editing purposes
Second World War
Relocation of the collection to Homburg Castle (Bergisches Land region) and to an underground shelter close to the town of Siegen (planning and execution done by provincial curator and board member Theodor Wildemann); return of the exhibits begins on May 11, 1945
Safeguarding of the Beethoven-Haus by Heinrich Hasselbach during the severe bombing on October 18, 1944
26 March 1952
Celebration of the 125th anniversary of Beethoven's death with Theodor Heuss (President of the Federal Republic of Germany) and Konrad Adenauer (German Chancellor) as guests
28 May 1956
Zurich collector Dr. Hans Conrad Bodmer dies and bequeaths his personal Beethoven collection of 750 documents and objects to the Beethoven-Haus
Start of the historic complete edition of Beethoven's oeuvre; 1952: first volume of the sketch edition published; 1996: complete edition of Beethoven's written mail correspondence finalized (includes 2,292 letters)
Deutsche Bank AG und the city of Bonn offer the famous Beethoven portrait from Joseph Karl Stiehler to the Beethoven-Haus as present on the 80th anniversary of chairman Hermann Josef Abs (chairman from 1960 to 1994)
24 February 1989
Opening of the chamber music hall named after Hermann J. Abs on the centenary of the Beethoven-Haus Association
Donation campaign "Wer rettet mein Geburtshaus?" ("Who will save my birthplace?") with subsequent restoration and re-design of the permanent exhibition
7 May 1998
Transfer of the vast Beethoven collection of the Julius Wegeler family foundation as a permanent loan to the Beethoven-Haus on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Franz Gerhard Wegeler's (adolescence friend of Beethoven and husband of Eleonore Breuning) death
"Europa nostra" cultural heritage prize
Extension of "The Digital Beethoven-Haus" with two new museum areas "Studio for Digital Collections" and "Stage for Music Visualisation" as well as the associated Internet presentation including a Digital Archive
Acquisition of the engraver's copy for the Missa Solemnis, a three-volume copy that Beethoven himself reviewed meticulously
Start of the international Beethoven Master Classes Bonn initiated by chairman Kurt Masur (chairman from 2004 to 2013); three conducting courses under his direction; since 2010 annual Master Classes for chamber music, 2014 under the direction of chairwoman Tabea Zimmermann
Acquisition of the original manuscript of the Diabellli variations, op. 120, following the fundraising campaign "Weltklassisch - eine Initiative für Beethoven" (Just world class–an initiative for Beethoven)
Tabea Zimmermann follows after Kurt Masur as chairwoman
The Beethoven-Haus celebrates its 125th anniversary
For young artists and ressearchers
The Beethoven-Haus has been promoting exceptional international music trainees, offering them a thorough access to Beethoven's life and work. Taking part in an individual programme while staying in Bonn, the young people can develop and evolve their artistic and/or scientific skills. Staff and honorary members of the Beethoven-Haus are also available for additional support and guidance.
Besides these programs every year string quartet students from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, are being supported during their stay.
In 2020, Beethoven's 250th birthday anniversary will be widely celebrated. This internationally flavoured event will start as a festival in the Beethoven city of Bonn, the Rhine-Sieg district and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, but will then be extended to whole Germany.
For successful marketing of this important celebration, the Beethoven Anniversary Association, located in Bonn, was founded as a non-profit subsidiary of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn Foundation. It will initiate and coordinate the festive activities that are planned in the composer's natal city of Bonn and in the region for 2020. This will promote and improve commemoration and memories of Beethoven.
Ralf Birkner was named Managing Director, Malte Boecker was named Artistic Director. The members of the board of management are: Chairman Dr. Günter Winands (Ministerial Director of the Federal German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media), Vice Chairman Dr. Dettloff Schwerdtfeger (Managing Director Beethovenfest Bonn), Annette Storsberg (State Secretary at the Department for Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia), Sebastian Schuster (District Administrator of the Rhine-Sieg district), Ashok Sridharan (Mayor of the city of Bonn), Ulrich Voigt (Chairman of Sparkasse KölnBonn), and Michael Kranz (Beethoven-Haus Bonn Foundation).
The events and activities planned for the 2020 Beethoven year will begin on December 16th, 2019 and last until December 17th, 2020 (Beethoven's 250th baptism anniversary).
More information can be found on the portal dedicated to Beethoven's 250th birthday anniversary at BTHVN2020.