• 13-16 MAY 2020

A Unique Music Meeting

The mission of Classical:NEXT is to unify the global art music scene, enabling it to work better together. Its focus is on innovation, increasing relevance and effectiveness in both business and creative aspects of the industry. In addition, Classical:NEXT aims to push for positive change within the professional scene as well as society as a whole. 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 - traditional, experimental, major or niche.
  • …which addresses both the economic and the artistic aspects.
  • …which offers an open platform – the participants create the content.

Attending Classical:NEXT 2019 in Rotterdam









The structure of Classical:NEXT consists of four sections – showcases, conference, project pitches and expo. 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.

New to Classisal:NEXT? We recommend to read this great primer for c:N newbies written by Frank J. Oteri.

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

Classical:NEXT enables art music professionals from all sectors to work better together. A unified classical and art music scene increases relevance and effectiveness in both business and creative aspects and positive change within the professional scene as well as society as a whole.

See what is in it for you!

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, showcase concerts and screenings. Over the course of four days, hundreds of delegates meet, discuss and learn 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.

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 2019.

Registration is now closed.

The next edition will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 13 – 16 May 2020. Become a delegate or book an expo stand for Classical:NEXT 2020 with our registration start in November 2019.

See our registration page for more information pertaining to Classical:NEXT, including prices, deadlines and how to register.

Facts & Figures

Since our first edition in 2012, more than 5,000 professionals from all sectors have engaged with Classical:NEXT, making it the largest international gathering for art music innovators. The eighth edition took place in Rotterdam, 15 – 18 May 2019.

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Classical:NEXT is not just an annual meeting: it is a year-round worldwide movement for all sectors and all approaches in art music. Stay connected and network via our online community and directory C:N NET. Keep in touch with contacts old and new.

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Previous Editions

Browse the Classical:NEXT archive and find all the information about our previous editions, including showcase performances, conference sessions and more. Check who came to which edition, where they took place and how they went.

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Media & Press

For photographs, logos, videos and other media from Classical:NEXT, see our press section and media downloads.