The very first Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme took place with great success in 2016. 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 introduce 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.
We are pleased that the Fellowships are taking place again for Classical:NEXT 2019. It includes special pre-event workshops and preparation meetings, onsite networking help with "cN Insiders" and the option for roundtable mentorings. For 2019, we are delighted to be working with five partner institutions:
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.
It is with pleasure that we can present the fellows for Classical:NEXT 2019 with their paired C:N Insiders, who advise on-site:
For the first time in 2019, there is also the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme for Composers in partnership with the Dutch Composers Association Nieuw Geneco.