Classical:NEXT is produced by Berlin-based Piranha Arts. In addition to being a label and publisher as well as an event agency, Piranha has been running the music meeting WOMEX – The World Music Expo – annually since 1994 (www.womex.com) and consults and co-organises several global music meetings and special projects all around the globe. For more information on Piranha Arts Consultancy services see further pages in this chapter.
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.
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.