Andreas Brandis is a German music business executive. He is Managing Partner and shareholder of the Munich / Berlin based jazz & beyond label ACT Music + Vision as well as founder and Managing Partner of the Berlin based management, consulting and artist agency Tambour Music Management.
Andreas Brandis was born 1980 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 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 the Managing Director of the label ACT Music. Since 2022 he is Managing Partner and shareholder of the ACT Company. ACT has been one of the leading independent music companies in Europe for 27 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, in 2017 Andreas Brandis founded Tambour Music Management as a division of ACT in order to manage artist careers and to produce unique concert formats. Tambour is not exclusively working with ACT artists and is also artistically separated from the label, but takes advantage of the leverage, experience and international network that the label has developed in the course of it’s history. Tambour’s genre-crossing artist roster includes international musicians such as Michael Wollny, Iiro Rantala, Emile Parisien, Anton Eger, Becca Stevens, Eivind Aarset, Pedro Martins, Lucia Cadotsch, Christian Jost and many more.
Beside his role as business executive Andreas Brandis has been teaching artist development and music business as visiting lecturer for numerous universities and institutions. Since 2008 he has been part of the management board of Concerto 21 - Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S' masterclass for artist development and new concert formats in classical music.
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.