• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021

A new initiative for Classical:NEXT 2016, the very first Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme took place with great success. Two honourable institutions helped to facilitiate the Fellowship programme for young composers and performing artists. PRS for Music Foundation and Codarts both selected three outstanding talents and enabled them to visit Classical:NEXT 2016 in Rotterdam to engage with more than 1,000 classical music professionals.

Each fellow is paired with a seasoned professional and Classical:NEXT veteran (having been part of our community for years of attendance and year-round engagement). The Classical:NEXT insiders introde these emerging professionals to the community (and vice versa), bringing them into personal contact with relevant individuals and companies as well as offering advice. The fellows are also represented online at the year-round contact platform C:N NET

The experience was unlike anything else I had done before. I was able to learn a lot about establishing and maintaining connections with music industry professionals and have exciting discussions with many people with whom I would not have otherwise been in contact…I am certain that the connections resulting from these discussions will directly benefit my professional development.

It was a new experience for me to meet all those people and introduce myself. I believe I learned a lot from it. It was beneficial to go to talks and present my idea in the “Let the Young Lead” panel.

Meriç Artaç, Composer, Turkey/the Netherlands – Classical:NEXT 2016 Fellow

We are pleased that the Fellowships are taking place again for Classical:NEXT 2018. It includes special pre-event workshops and preparation meetings, onsite networking help with "cN Insiders" and the option for roundtable mentorings. For 2018, we were delighted to work with four partner institutions:


It is with pleasure that we can present the fellows for Classical:NEXT 2018 with their paired C:N Insiders, who advise on-site:


Australian Music Centre

PRS for Music Foundation

Flanders Arts Institute

University for Music and Performing Arts


We’re proud to be a partner of Classical NEXT’s Fellowship Programme which gives composers a chance to take part in the international platform for exchange, debate & collaboration this industry conference provides. Supporting composers and songwriters to realise their potential in the UK and overseas is at the heart of everything we do at PRS for Music Foundation. I hope that this year’s fellows will benefit from the bespoke networking and mentoring that this new programme offers and have the chance to identify new collaborations and opportunities for their music to be heard across the world.

Vanessa Reed, Executive Director, PRS for Music Foundation