• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021
Photo: Eric van Nieuwland


Overview of the program 2012:




31 May



Session 1

The Other Europeans
Renewal through folk and popular music

Presented by Dr. Alan Bern (USA/Germany), Artistic Director, The Other Europeans


Session 2

Perspectives on Music Journalism Today
The present and future of classical music journalism and media

Chaired by Carsten Dürer (Germany), Editor in Chief, PIANONews & ENSEMBLE

with Oliver Condy (UK), editor of BBC Music Magazine;

Jessica Duchen (UK), music journalist, The Independent



Multichannel sound MDG 2222+


Mentoring Sessions

expert consultations - available for booking soon


Session 3

Film Music as an Ear-Opener to Contemporary Music
Exploring the variety of modern music genres in the context of film

Chaired by Matthias Keller (Germany), radio producer/editor, BR (Bavarian Broadcasting)
with Laura Berman (Germany), Artistic Director, Art of Our Times, Bregenzer Festspiele;
Christian Heyne (Germany), film music composer

Eva Sindichakis (Greece/Germany), pianist, composer and musicologist


Networking Meeting

International Association of Music Information Centres -

Network presentation and concrete project examples


Networking Meeting

Austrian Networking Session

Heinrich Schläfer (Austria)


Session 4

What is better, a community or a crowd?
Funding your next music project in the 21st century
Chaired by Steven Walter (USA/Germany), Artistic Director, PODIUM Festival Esslingen
with Robert Douglass (USA/Germany), Director, Open Goldberg Variations


1 June

10:00-10:45Session 5
Designing for Changing Audiences
What is the future for music venues?

Presented by Rob Harris (UK), Director, Arup, Arts & Culture Business Leader, UKMEA
11:00-11:45Session 6
Copyright Extension for Phonograms
The consequences for performers and record companies

Chaired by Prof. Dr. Stefan Pennartz (Germany, München), lawyer, Schoepe Fette Pennartz Reinke, Lawyers for Culture and Entertainment
with Barbara Wunderlich (Germany), owner, Wunderlich Medien;
Paul Janse (The Netherlands), Chief of Sales and Marketing, Codaex International


Multichannel sound MDG 2222+


Session 7
Promoting Arts in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Leveraging Internet and social media to engage new audiences for cultural institutions

Chaired by Dr. Martin Dehli (Germany), Head of Department Corporate Clients, actori GmbH
with Christopher Gruits (USA), Director of e-Strategy, Carnegie Hall New York;

Anna Kleeblatt (Germany), Head of Sales & Marketing, Bavarian State Opera Munich


Session 8
Classical Club Culture
Two musical worlds exchange influence and inspiration
Chaired by Matthias Schneider (Germany), music manager, schneider+ music management and consulting
with Kai-Michael Hartig (Germany), Head of Culture Department, Körber-Foundation, Hamburg;

Christian Kellersmann (Germany), managing director classics & jazz, Universal Music Classics & Jazz

All formats were presented in English.

The conference sessions were selected from a multitude of proposals by an independent jury, which focused on the following areas:

NEXT:Income - new markets and the future of funding and financing 

NEXT:Generation - future listeners and audience engagement

NEXT:Technology - new methods for new challenges

NEXT:Sound - new music, new formats, sonic influences and inspirations


Networking Meetings

Classical:NEXT provides professional, international networks with a platform for their meetings and the chance to get together, brainstorm, discuss and develop ideas. Here delegates control the agenda and set the priorities. Classical:NEXT benefits from experiences and successes of WOMEX in years, where numerous associations have flourished from Networking Meetings.

Mentoring Sessions

These private 15-minute consultations free of charge with any of our special mentors from various fields and occupations were extremely well attended. The format will be continued in 2013.


For further information and to share your views please do not hesitate to contact next@classicalnext.com