Andreas Brandis is a German music producer, artist manager and executive. He is ceo and shareholder of the Munich / Berlin based jazz & beyond label ACT Music + Vision as well as founder and ceo of the Berlin based concert and artist management agency The ACT Agency.
Andreas Brandis was born in Heidelberg, Germany. As a child and teenager he took lessons in violin and percussion. Later he studied jazz drums, percussion and music education at the universities of Leipzig and Lucerne and is alumnus of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. He worked as musician and composer in various national and international ensembles, as well as at different German theaters for more than 10 years.
After completing a master's degree in cultural and media management, since 2008 Andreas Brandis has held several positions for well-known companies in the classical, jazz and pop music world, such as ferryhouse productions, Universal Music Group, ECM / ECM New Series and Deutsche Grammophon. He worked together with a variety of international artists in the fields of pop, classical music and jazz like Tori Amos, Rufus Wainwright, Schiller, Max Raabe, Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter, Nemanja Radulovic or Anne Sophie Mutter. In addition, he was involved in the creation and development of different online start-up companies, focusing on the connection between culture and new media.
From 2015 - 2022, Andreas Brandis was Managing Director of the record label ACT Music. Since 2022 he is ceo and shareholder of the ACT Company. ACT has been one of the leading independent music companies in Europe for 31 years and accompanies artist careers that move in the jazz context and beyond. Nils Landgren, Michael Wollny, Joachim Kühn, Esbjörn Svensson, Youn Sun Nah, Vincent Peirani, Emile Parisien, Marius Neset, Lars Danielsson, Nguyên Lê or Wolfgang Haffner are just some of the artists who have their home here.
In addition, Andreas Brandis founded The ACT Agency (former Tambour Music Management) in 2017 as a division of ACT Music in order to manage artist careers and to produce unique concert formats. The ACT Agency is not exclusively working with ACT artists but takes advantage of the leverage, experience and international network that the label has developed in the course of its history. The Agency's genre-crossing artist roster includes international musicians such as Michael Wollny, Iiro Rantala, Emile Parisien, Michael League & Bill Laurance, Pedro Martins, Lucia Cadotsch, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kai Schumacher and others. In 2024 the Agency will book and produce more than 400 concerts across Europe and UK in all relevant venues for jazz & classical music as well as at important festivals.
Beside the role in his two companies Andreas Brandis has been teaching artist development and music business as visiting lecturer for numerous universities and institutions over the last 15 years. Since 2008 he has been part of Concerto 21 - Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S' masterclass for artist development and new concert formats in classical music & jazz.
From 2018 - 2021 Andreas Brandis was board member of VUT - Verband für unabhängige Musikunternehmer*innen which is representing the interests of 1200 independent music companies and artists in Germany.