What is Classical:NEXT?

Quartet New Generation at Classical:NEXT 2012, by Eric van NieuwlandQuartet New Generation at Classical:NEXT 2012, by Eric van Nieuwland

 

"Classical:NEXT unites the global classical community, creating a worldwide movement to explore potential paths forward into the future."

Classical:NEXT mission statement, as early as 2012

A UNIQUE MUSIC MEETING…

  • …which is dedicated exclusively to classical and art music.
  • …which is truly international.
  • …where all sectors within the genre meet.
  • …which welcomes all approaches, from traditional to experimental, major to niche.
  • …which addresses both the economic and the artistic aspects of the industry.
  • …which offers an open platform – the participants create the content.

 

Classical:NEXT was born out of the simple idea to bring the diverse scenes of classical music together and offer them a forum to exchange and develop new ways for classical and contemporary music. Since the first edition in 2012, about 3000 classical music professionals from more than 1000 companies and from over 40 countries have engaged with Classical:NEXT and made it into the world's most important classical music meeting.

 

FACTS AND FIGURES OF Classical:NEXT 2015

The last edition was our first in Rotterdam, and was held
20 – 23 May 2015.

 

What?

The structure of Classical:NEXT consists of four sections – showcases, conference, expo and film screenings. The conference section is set up to offer presentations, seminars, discussions, one-to-one and roundtable mentoring and other formats to help delegates keep up with changes, trends and innovations. The expo exhibits the work of labels, publishers, agents, festivals, associations and others, and serves as a meeting point for all delegates. Showcases are where artists and productions can be presented in a series of short concerts or video screenings, offering artistic directors, concert bookers, journalists and more a unique opportunity to gain an overview of artistic activity within a short space of time. From 2015 onwards, video showcases were complemented by project pitches so that a range of video projects, videos on larger scale projects and works-in-progress can be presented to the Classical:NEXT delegates.

 

why?

Classical:NEXT was born out of the simple idea to bring the diverse scenes of classical music together and offer them a forum to exchange and develop new ideas around classical and contemporary - or in a wider sense - art music. That was in 2011. Since then, around 2,000 art music professionals representing 1,000 companies from more than 40 countries have engaged with Classical:NEXT and made it into the world's most important classical music meeting.

See what is in it for you!

 

How?

The idea of innovation expressed in the event's name is evident throughout the entire project: In addition to being a networking event, Classical:NEXT has established itself as a key opportunity to promote and explore new talent, new creative ideas and future-oriented business practices. In order to achieve that Classical:NEXT features a conference, an expo as well as showcase concerts and screenings. During four days the hundreds of a delegates meet, discuss, and learn more about as well as from each other.

 

95% of delegates would like to come again and would recommend Classical:NEXT to colleagues

From a Classical:NEXT online survey of all delegates.

Who?

Classical:NEXT community members are cultural multipliers ranging from grass-roots DIYers to the most established companies and institutions such as Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, Spotify, Universal, China National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonics, Amsterdam Concertgebouw etc.

See a list of who attended Classical:NEXT in 2015.

 

How can I Take Part?

The next edition will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 25 – 28 May 2016. Become a delegate or book an expo stand. See our registration page for more information, including prices, deadlines and how to register.

The deadline for our Call for Proposals has now closed Hundreds of proposals were made for our Conference, Showcases and Video Presentations, which will be reviewed by our Jury and assembled into a world-class programme.

 

Online Network C:N NET

Classical:NEXT is not just an annual meeting: it is a year-round worldwide movement for all sectors and all approaches in art music. In four editions, the Classical:NEXT network of art music professionals has grown to more than 2,000 delegates, and they're all connected via the online database and network C:N NET. Keep in touch with contacts old and new, and find new and exciting connection using this invaluable resource! You can reach C:N NET at www.classicalnext.com/net/.

 

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

See our archive and check who came to which edition, where they took place and how they went.

 

MEDIA

For photographs, logos, videos and other media, see our Media Downloads page. You can also find photos of the 2015 edition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands at the Classical:NEXT Flickr page.