2014-08-21 Call for Proposals


Dear classical music lovers,

It seems like we just said good bye to Classical:NEXT 2014 and already the wheels are motion for next year's programme. Namely, our call for proposals has just opened! We can't wait to see what exciting projects and ideas the community puts forward for Classical:NEXT 2015, taking place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from Wednesday, 20 – Saturday, 23 May 2015.

Read on for all the details including how you can shape the Classical:NEXT Opening Concert.

Sincerely yours,
the Classical:NEXT team


Call for proposals open - classical:next 2015

Joan Martí-Frasquier
(photo: Eric van Nieuwland)

We are on the lookout for next-level artists, projects, initiatives and ensembles to submit an idea for the Classical:NEXT live and video showcases, conference and project pitches for 2015 The deadline to submit is Friday, 26 September and, as ever, the programme will be built by those who know the genre best – you.

After three successful editions, Classical:NEXT has established itself as the event for progressive themes in classical and art music. The emphasis lies on mutual collaboration and interactivity, allowing those active within the genre to play a role in developing its future. We're calling on the international music community to keep that ball rolling in 2015.

We seek boundary-pushing music acts, ensembles and soloists as well as forward-thinking, useful, inspiring conference subjects presented in innovative and interactive formats to develop a programme that addresses current trends and points the way to future directions.

Submission Deadline 26 September 2014

Submissions must be received by Friday, 26 September 2014 after which the Classical:NEXT jury, an independent group comprised of five experts from within the classical and art music world, will meet to make the programming selection. Proposals are being accepted in the following three categories:

Live Showcases

With a focus on groundbreaking approaches, the live showcases see soloists and ensembles perform for Classical:NEXT delegates. Proposals that one normally will not find in the traditional competition circuit are particularly encouraged. These might use unusual concert formats, audience interaction, multimedia or unconventional techniques and inspirations. The jury will be looking for “the NEXT”!


Video Showcases & Project Pitches

Video showcases have the same purpose as live showcases and also last up to 30 minutes. However, using video to present allows large ensembles or staged productions a showcase opportunity with a minimum of fuss or expense.

Project pitches are lightning quick “find and seek” sessions. Make a pitch to the international classical community to try and find a partner, a funder, a record label or whatever it is you might seek. For 7 minutes, show the audience what you’ve got using whatever presentation means you wish - video, power point or just your own powers of persuasion!


Interactive Conference Sessions

The conference programme covers both business and creative themes, featuring today’s burning issues and paths forward into tomorrow. Subjects must be of relevance to multiple sectors. Interactivity and audience participation are highly desired. The conference section of Classical:NEXT can include numerous formats including discussions, brainstorming and/or networking sessions, mentoring and presentations.


Further information on proposals for Classical:NEXT 2015 can be found here:



call for classical:next 2015 Opening Concert Host

140514_opening_cn_2014_by_eric_van_nieuwland_04Cathy Krier
(photo: Eric van Nieuwland)

The Classical:NEXT Opening is one of the most prestigious elements in our programme, offering a maximum of exposure to Classical:NEXT delegates - music professionals from more than 40 countries - as well as national and international music media. This event can be your institution’s golden opportunity to shine the spotlight on its work, offering insight into the “next” artistic excellence of a region, company or organisation.

Interested parties please contact Classical:NEXT Director Jennifer Dautermann before mid-September 2014 at:






Congratulations to our Questionnaire Poll Winner

View of Rotterdam
(photo: Luke Price)

Thank you to every one who took part in our questionnaire!

We've just drawn the winner of this year's poll and the free registration for Classical:NEXT 2015 goes to:

  • Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, Composer, Brazil

A hearty congratulations to Sergio! If you'd like to find out more about Sergio's work, please visit his website:


or get in touch via C:N NET:



Kind regards,

your Classical:NEXT team