Call for Proposals: Classical:NEXT 2018

The leading classical music meeting and worldwide innovators' network Classical:NEXT has opened its annual call for proposals. All classical music professionals from around the globe can submit their suggestions for showcase artists, project pitches and conference sessions to be hosted at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, 16-19 May 2018. Therefore, the conference organisers are calling for outstanding “NEXT” artists, projects, future-oriented topics and interactive conference formats from all corners of the classical music world whether that be early, contemporary, traditional or experimental. Deadline for submissions is 29 September 2017.

Classical:NEXT is “by the community, for the community”: the programme is created by classical music professionals. All movers, shakers and everyday innovators from all sectors of the scene are invited to submit their proposals for the showcases and the conference.

All proposals will be considered by an independent jury of international experts – guaranteeing a neutral and balanced selection of only the best showcases and most pressing conference topics for Classical:NEXT 2018.

Proposals on the following topics can be submitted:

  • Showcase:

    The ideal format for soloists and small ensembles to present their new repertoire, new approaches and/or new concert formats. Come perform in front of the Classical:NEXT delegates representing all areas of the industry including music presenters, media and venues. For 2018, showcase artists are sought for evening performances in various settings in de Doelen and for the closing event.

  • Club Showcase:
    Come perform in a club style surrounding in order to break the Classical norms. After the sun goes down on Thursday, 17 May and Friday, 18 May, musical adventures start up in intimate, casual surroundings. International soloists, small ensembles and DJs are sought, experts of excellence in crafting club-compatible soundscapes of the classically-inclined.

  • Conference:

    Topics, projects and passions can be taken and an interactive session to transfer hands-on know-how to can be designed or new solutions with the Classical:NEXT delegates found.

  • Project Pitch:

    Project Pitches are quick-fire, 9-minute presentations including video and Q&A. This format is ideal as a cost and time-effective way to inform the international music community about artistic projects, a large ensemble or staged production using the most attractive video material and powers of persuasion.

What else can be done?

There are many more ways to participate. For more information, including prices, deadlines and how to register the registration page can be helpful.

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Deadline for submission is 29 Septmeber 2017.

Management Topic: Organisation & Leadership
Cultural Area: Music+Concert
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Aug 16, 2017