• 13-16 MAY 2020

A Unique Music Meeting

The mission of Classical:NEXT is to unite all professionals who identify with classical and art music, providing them with a place to meet and connect, do business, brainstorm, create and be inspired.
It aims to help the global scene optimise what this art form is and can be, as well as how it is presented, disseminated and received.

A unique music meeting...

  • ... which is a "user generated content" platform
  • ... which is a community project
  • ... which is for all sectors
  • ... which is for all countries
  • ... which is for institutions and individuals on every budget level

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 with burning issues 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 offering artistic directors, concert bookers, journalists and more a unique opportunity to gain an overview of artistic activity within a short space of time. Project Pitches are targeted, fast-moving opportunites for creators and those on the lookout for new creations. They are a kind of "seek-and-find" for collaboration and inspiration.

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

Oder ein Bericht aus deutscher Sicht gefällig? - Philipp Krechlak schreibt über die 'Musikkonferenz mit Weltblick'.

"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!

Over the course of four days, hundreds of delegates meet, discuss and learn about, as well as from, each other. 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.

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.