We proudly present our growing network of partners


Cooperating Partners:


CLASS – the Association of Classical Independents in Germany is an alliance of independent record manufacturers and distributors from the fields of classical music, world music and jazz. While maintaining the independence of all of its companies, CLASS undertakes communal activities for its members such as trade fairs and media exposure, as well as advertising and marketing campaigns.

de Doelen


The hosts and local producers of Classical:NEXT 2017 in Rotterdam.

A concert venue with 600 concerts a year, attracting 450.000 visitors, de Doelen is home to one of Europe’s finest orchestra’s, the Rotterdam Philharmonic (chief conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin). De Doelen plays a stimulating role in the Dutch classical music world by commissioning new works, inviting international artists in residence (e.g. Colin Currie, David Lang, Brett Dean, etc.), programming the best Dutch and international ensembles, and collaborating intensively with local, national and international partners.


Founded in 1994 WOMEX is today the world's largest professional music Conference, Trade Fair and Showcase for world, roots, folk, ethnic, traditional, alternative world, local and diaspora music. WOMEX is,"The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers."
UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity


Funding Partners:


Dutch Performing Arts

Dutch Performing Arts


Gemeente Rotterdam


Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Rotterdam Festivals




Further Partners A – Z


ABO – Association of British Orchestras


AC/E – Accion Cultural Española


AC/E is an agency that orchestrates public support for the promotion of culture, both in Spain and overseas. Its aims include promoting Spain’s rich and plural artistic legacy and fostering the internationalisation of its most contemporary creative and culture sector. From historical heritage to emerging creation, AC/E strives to give prominence to culture as an essential component of a country’s reality and image, projecting it both within and outside Spain. Highlighting the main creative and cultural fields – from science to history, and from visual, performing and audio-visual arts to literature, music, architecture and design, among many others – AC/E’s projects underline Spain’s diverse role in global culture, as well as the recent contributions of its newest creators.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine



BIRD is equal parts restaurant, club and live venue. Deeply rooted in jazz, BIRD also branches out to soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop and electronica and is regarded as the spot for the cultural omnivore. The name BIRD is a reference to the nickname of the great saxophonist Charlie Parker so the link to jazz is quickly made, but BIRD also stands for pizzas from Naples, metropolitan rawness, good wines, no-nonsense beers, party people, headbangers and necksnappers.



Founded in 1993, bureauexport is a French non-profit organisation and network, which helps French and international music professionals to work together on develop French-produced music around the world, as well as promote professional exchange between France and other territories. Bureauexport members can be labels, publishers, distributors, promoters, artist management offices or ensembles, among others.

C3 Festival

The Club Contemporary Classical Festival takes place in Germany and Poland. It started 2009 and presents new music which falls into the grey zone between the genres of contemporary classical and electronic club music. C3 is a side project of Classical:Next director Jennifer Dauterman, produced by Piranha Kultur and supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

Codarts Rotterdam

Codarts Rotterdam

Codarts is a Rotterdam based international university providing high level professional arts education in music, dance and circus arts. The university has about 1,000 students, of 50 nationalities, and around 340 staff members.



concerti is Germany’s guide to classical concerts and opera. The free monthly magazine as well as the web portal are true classics. As one of the leading media brands for lovers of classical music, concerti reaches the audience with maximum precision and high coverage.


CONCERTO is the leading magazine of early music in Germany: reviews and interviews, dates, current topics of the world of ancient music, essays on performance practice and music history for an international readership – six times a year since 1983.



crescendo – The premium magazine for classical music and lifestyle stands for the appreciation of opera, concerts, classical music, jazz, and culture. The magazine appeals through its high-quality appearance, which is at once fresh, open, modern, and exciting – for music buffs and laypeople alike. crescendo appeals to cultivated audiences of all ages.

Deutcher Orchestertag


EFA – European Festivals Association

EFA – European Festivals Association

Elephant & Castle




To boost the networking of forward-looking classical music entrepreneurs in Latin America, we have now partnered up with FIMPRO music conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. The classical part of this conference featured Classical:NEXT speakers Susanna Eastburn (Sound and Music), Christopher Gruits (Interlochen Arts Center) and Thiago Cury (AguaForte).



Description of FinnCult: The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is a networking organisation based in Brussels. The Institute builds bridges for actors in culture, art and science between Finland and the Benelux countries. In 2016 the Institute focuses especially on bringing together new interactive technologies and cultural and creative industry practitioners through its Social Technology & Art Programme. The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux was founded in 1993, and it is a part of the independent, non-profit Finnish Cultural and Academic Institute’s network across the world.

Fono Forum

Fono Forum

Germany's oldest Classical Music Magazin. Classical Music, Jazz and HiFi since 1956.

Gramophone Magazine


IAMA – International Artist Managers' Association


Il Giornale Della Musica

Il Giornale Della Musica



IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent independent music companies. It counts more than 4,000 members in 19 European countries. 99% of Europe’s music companies are SMEs: known as the “independents”, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists, producing more than 80% of all new releases.

International Arts Manager


ISPA – International Society for the Performing Arts


ISPA is a global network of more than 400 leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 185 cities and all regions of the globe. ISPA members include facilities, performing arts organizations, artist managers, competitions, funders, consultants and other professionals working in the performing arts.



Starting in 1999 in Shanghai, KLASSIKOM is your online resource to the vast and diversified world of classical music and opera in Asia and beyond. As a professional music news service, it provides independent analysis, industrial news and features regularly in English, covering music happenings in China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia, Turkey and Europe. It is founded by Rudolph Tang – "writer and expert on the classical music industry in China" – according to New York Times.




La Lettre du Musicien

La Lettre du Musicien logo

The only magazine for professionals and classical music enthusiasts. 15 issues/year including 3 special features on musical instruments + 1 special issue: Musician's tax guide.

Limelight Magazine

Limelight Magazine logo

Limelight Magazine is Australia's monthly arts magazine and the definitive guide to the people that shape the Australian and International arts world. It is the only Australian magazine that delivers a complete guide to the arts world, including classical, opera, theatre, dance, visual arts and film.

Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia


The Ministry of Culture is the guiding entity of the Colombian cultural sector and its aim is to formulate, coordinate, execute and look after State policy on cultural matters. It is an organisation that acts in good faith, with ethical integrity and observes current norms in benefit of the community and its own civil servants. The Ministry of Culture will foster a creative Colombia and one that is responsible of its memory, where all its citizens are capable to interact and cooperate with creative opportunities, enjoyment of the cultural expressions, in conditions of equity and respect towards diversity.

Music Theatre NOW

Music Theatre NOW

A competition and a meeting dedicated to worldwide exchange in new opera and music theatre.

May 22nd – 26th 2016
Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Join us for three days at a special event in the heart of the OPERADAGEN Rotterdam / get an insight through video and live presentations into the 18 selected productions from the MTN competition / take part in various discussions on the genre / listen to our keynote and panel discussion / watch 9 shows of the festival / meet old and new friends among up to 150 professionals from around the globe…



MUSICORA is the annual Global Rendez-vous for Music and Musicians in Paris, France.

The 28th edition will take place at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris in April 2017, Friday 28th to Sunday 30th.

MUSICORA is: a heaven for musicians and music fans: test (and buy) instruments, discover new instruments, take part in practice sessions, apply to a music school or buy concert-tickets; a musical rendez-vous: attend concerts, showcases, master classes and participative sessions; a major exhibition: 200 exhibitors, including instruments makers, publishers, accessories, new technologies, festivals, concerts halls, music schools, media and institutions welcome you in a 6,000m² exhibition hall; a networking platform: meet music industry professionals, musicians and artists at conferences, presentation and speed meetings in a dedicated area for professionals; a trendsetting event: this is the place to be informed on new trends in music and new technologies.

Musik Heute


is a German news agency specialized in classical music. Providing up-to-the-minute reporting, it serves print media, radio and television as well as web portals. The journalistic coverage is independent from the interests of businesses and organisations.

Musik i Syd


Musik i Syd is a music institution in the south of Sweden that aims to give people access to creative and live music experiences. Its activities are part of a cultural policy assignment and it works to realise the goals of an active cultural policy that strives to make live music accessible even outside the major cities. Each year, Musik i Syd presents, often in cooperation with local organisers, more than 3,000 concerts for over 300,000 people. Musik i Syd also runs a number of major jazz, folk music, choir and chamber music festivals. The newest festival is Malmö Chamber Music with Håkan Hardenberger as artistic director.



Germany‘s trade journal for music. Essential read for influential industry leaders and experts. In-depth analysis, exclusive data and charts Print magazine, online livepaper on the iPad, and the app for BlackBerry and iPhone deliver breaking news and reports



Germany‘s trade journal for music. Essential read for influential industry leaders and experts. In-depth analysis, exclusive data and charts Print magazine, online livepaper on the iPad, and the app for BlackBerry and iPhone deliver breaking news and reports



PIANONews is the biggest piano magazine in Europe. About 50.000 readers six times a year it offers all aspect of the piano world: Interviews and portraits of pianists and composers, reviews of pianos, CD-, LP-, sheet music-, DVD- and book-reviews, competition and festival reports. It is for piano lovers and professionals.

PRS for Music Foundation

PRS for Music Foundation

PRS for Music Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £22 million to over 5,200 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.



Qobuz is a digital music service that delivers more than 18 million tracks in high quality from all the major labels and numerous independents. It offers unlimited musical streaming subscriptions in genuine CD quality (FLAC 16 bits/44.1 kHz) on iOS, Android, Windows 8, web and Kindle, as well as lossless downloads in genuine CD quality (16-bit/44.1 kHz) of the entire catalogue. The music includes classical, jazz, blues, country, folk, pop, rock, soul, funk, rap, electro, children’s, ambient, world and film music. High-definition downloads are also available of more than 11,000 Qobuz Studio Masters albums (up to 24 bits/192 kHz).

Rhinegold Publishing

Rhinegold Publishing

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra


The Rotterdam Philharmonic ranks among Europe’s foremost orchestras, being internationally known for the intense energy of its performances, its acclaimed recordings and its innovative audience approach. With performances from the local venues to concert halls worldwide the orchestra reaches an annual audience of 150,000 to 200,000.



Ta-Trung is a Berlin based design studio specializing in visual identities, advertising campaigns and digital issues for cultural institutions, charity foundations and a fine selection of artists and musicians. Clients from all over the world rely on professional consulting and expertise that comes from over 10 years of experience in corporate design and creative direction of cutting-edge campaigns. Whether they are well-known museums, independent labels or upcoming start-ups – they are all on a par.



WORM is a Rotterdam-based artists collective, a venue, shop, cinema and workspace for music, film and new media, with the world as its playground. Transgressing normal segregations between media, they represent the authentic and the unruly, the obsessed and the adventurers. Born under the stars of punk, dada, fluxus, situationism and futurism, WORM has grown to a tenacious organisation that combines the 'do it yourself' mentality of its ancestors with ultra-pragmatism. The output of WORM is film, radio, concerts, performances, web-projects, installations, CDs and a 24/7 webstation. WORM focuses on OpenSource, recycled material, superuse, seriousness and fun.

WQXR – Q2 Music

WQXR – Q2 Music

Q2 Music is WQXR’s online platform dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles and musical discovery. Its programming includes immersive festivals, insightful commentary from hosts such as composer Phil Kline and vocalist Helga Davis, full-length album streams, live webcasts and exclusive concert audio from local and national venues, and special events in front of live audiences at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR in downtown New York City. Q2 Music produces Meet the Composer with host Nadia Sirota, an interview podcast which mines the brains of today’s leading composers, as well as LPR Live, a podcast which shares dynamic new-music performances from Greenwich Village’s Le Poisson Rouge. Q2 Music is streamed live 24/7 at and is also available via the free WQXR App.