• 17 - 20 MAY 2022

Fellowship Programme

The very first Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme took place with great success in 2016. Two 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. Now in 2020, the Programme continues and Classical:NEXT now has six standing partnerships.

Each fellow is paired with a seasoned professional who is also a Classical:NEXT veteran. The "Classical:NEXT Insiders" offer the fellows advice and bring them into personal contact with the Classical:NEXT community and with relevant individuals.

Partner Institutions

Partner Institutions



APRA AMCOS / Australian Music Centre, Ultimo, Australia

Australian involvement in the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Program is facilitated through a partnership between the Australian Music Centre, and APRA AMCOS. The Australian Music Centre represents Australian art music through our online services, enabling universal access to our extensive resources, whilst advancing the interests of Australian creators. APRA AMCOS helps music creators get paid for their work, and gives music users easy ways to legally play and copy what they like.

“Australia’s participation in the Classical:NEXT Fellowship program commenced in 2017, and each year since we have sent 2 merging artists/artsworkers to participate. The program has provided participants with an opportunity to expand their networks, and develop an international perspective to the creative and professional work that they are involved in, something that they benefit. We are very pleased to continue to be involved in the Fellowship Program, and encourage others to take advantage of the excellent benefits that it provides for the emerging generation of professionals in our sector.”
- John Davis, CEO, Australian Music Centre

2020 Fellows:
  • Tamara Kohler
  • Luke Tierney
  • Nat Bartsch

  • Australian Music Centre | C:NET Profile
    APRA AMCOS  | C:NET Profile



    Codarts, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Codarts Rotterdam trains talented and driven dancers, musicians and circus performers to become dedicated and inspiring artists, leaders and facilitators, ready to spread their wings in a dynamic, international context. Their mission is founded on six concepts that together make up Codarts’ vision: Craftsmanship, Self-Management, Diversity, Inquisitiveness, Sustainability, Connectivity.

    “Classical:NEXT is a great opportunity for a young musician to calibrate his/her knowledge and expectations for the future of classical music. For a person who is dealing primarily with artistic issues, the event gave me the opportunity to prospect my focus of abilities, network with people from all over the world and share knowledge with a great amount of colleagues in our field of interest.”
    - Georgi Tsenov, 2019 Classical:NEXT Fellow

    2020 Fellows:
  • Karin Timmerman
  • Benjamin de Boer
  • Francesca Ajossa

  • Codarts   | C:NET Profile


    Conseil Québecois de la Musique, Quebec, Canada

    The Quebec Music Council (CQM) is a non-profit organisation bringing together Quebec’s professional organisations, ensembles and individuals working in the fields of jazz, classical, contemporary and world music. The CQM offers individual and collective services to its community, supporting the music community’s local, national and international presence. The Quebec Music Council promotes concert music by awarding the Prix Opus to Quebec’s best musical achievements.
    “CQM is happy to take part in the Fellowship program for the first time. We are certain that it will be beneficial for our three fellows.”
    - Claudine Cinq-Mars

    2020 Fellows:
  • Sophie Cusson
  • Alexis Raynault
  • Gabrielle Blais-Sénéchal

  • Conseil Québecois de la Musique   | C:NET Profile


    National Arts Council, Singapore, Singapore

    The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, our diverse and distinctive arts inspire our people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally. We preserve our rich, cultural traditions as we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives.

    “Most of us are musicians and as musicians, being able to work a hall like this is not taught in schools very much, whereas in business school this is what you have to do. So the Fellowship Programme to me is a very attractive factor, for me, coming to this conference, that was the deal sealer.”
    - Tee Khoon Tang, 2019 Classical:NEXT Fellow

    2020 Fellows:
  • Abigail Sin
  • Benjamin Lim Yi
  • Jon Lin Chua

  • National Arts Council  | C:NET Profile


    New World Symphony, Florida, US

    The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 32 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,100 alumni worldwide.

    A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalised experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’s extensive distance learning via the internet.

    “Critical in our Fellows’ work in their preparation to be leaders in orchestras, ensembles, and communities is to develop a world view, a strong network, and an understanding of all sectors of the classical music ecosphere. Classical:NEXT, through their Fellowship program, provides all this and more including connections to world leaders in this artform and mentorship with outstanding people in the field.”
    - John Kieser, executive vice president and provost, New World Symphony

    2020 Fellows:
  • Drew Comstock
  • Andrea Beyer
  • Chava Appiah

  • New World Symphony  | C:NET Profile


    PRS for Music Foundation, London, UK

    PRS Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £35 million to over 7,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas | @PRSFoundation

    "Since 2016 we have supported 12 composers to be part of the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme to meet professionals from across the industry, make new connections and open up the potential for collaboration. It’s a fantastic opportunity and supporting composers to realise their potential, both here in the UK and overseas is at the heart of PRS Foundation. Classical:NEXT is a vital platform for composers and we’re proud to be supporting the Fellowship Programme.”
    - Elizabeth Sills, grants & programmes manager, PRS Foundation

    2020 Fellows:
  • Sarah Lianne Lewis
  • Jack Sheen
  • Laura Bowler

  • PRS for Music Foundation  | C:NET Profile