• 13—17 May 2024
  • Berlin, Germany


What is Classical:NEXT?

Classical:NEXT is the global networking and exchange hub dedicated exclusively to classical and art music, for all professionals – artists, managers, presenters, orchestras, labels, educators, press, media, publishers and more.

Classical:NEXT consists of an interactive conference, project pitches, showcase concerts, expo, innovation award and networking.

By taking part in Classical:NEXT, you join over 1,000 professionals from more than 45 countries worldwide.

We help the global scene optimise what this art form is and can be, as well as how it is presented, disseminated and received. We believe in planting seeds for postive change: Change for audiences, for society and for the professional art music ecosystem. We strive to unite all professionals who identify with classical and art music, providing them with a place to meet and connect, do business, brainstorm, create and be inspired.

A unique music meeting, which is..

  • ... a "user generated content" platform
  • ... a community project
  • ... for all sectors
  • ... for all countries
  • ... for institutions and individuals on every budget level

Last edition: Classical:NEXT 2022 in Hannover









Classical:NEXT is made up of four main components: Showcases, Conference, the Expo and networking.

In the Showcases, artists and productions are presented in a series of short concerts offering artistic directors, concert bookers, journalists and more a unique opportunity to gain an overview of artistic activity within a short space of time.

The Conference offers presentations, seminars, discussions, one-to-one and roundtable mentoring and other formats to help delegates tackle burning issues and to keep up with changes, trends and innovations around the world. Within the Conference, you will also find Project Pitches: targeted, fast-moving opportunities for creators and those on the lookout for new creations, a "seek-and-find" for collaboration and inspiration.

The Expo exhibits the work of labels, publishers, agents, festivals, associations and others, and offers a meeting point for all delegates and serves as the main networking hub. Developing partnerships and forging relationships lies at the heart of Classical:NEXT and the global networking runs through each activity of the event. It's the prime opportunity to connect, learn and share with colleagues near and far.

New to Classical:NEXT? We highly recommend you read this great primer for c:N newbies written by Frank J. Oteri.

Oder ein Bericht aus deutscher Sicht gefällig? - Philipp Krechlak schreibt über die 'Musikkonferenz mit Weltblick'.

"Classical:NEXT unites the global classical and art music community, creating a worldwide movement to explore potential paths forward into the future." - Classical:NEXT mission statement

Classical:NEXT enables art music professionals from all sectors to work better together. A unified classical and art music scene increases relevance and effectiveness in both business and creative aspects and positive change within the professional scene, as well as society as a whole.

See what is in it for you!

Over the course of four days, hundreds of delegates meet, discuss and learn about, as well as from, each other. In addition to being a networking event, Classical:NEXT has established itself as a key opportunity to promote and explore new talent, new creative ideas and future-oriented business practices.

95% of delegates would like to come again and would recommend Classical:NEXT to colleagues. - Classical:NEXT Online Survey

Classical:NEXT community members are cultural multipliers ranging from grass-roots DIYers to the most established companies and institutions, including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, Spotify, Universal, China National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonics, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, etc.

Join now and connect with delegates from more than 700 companies on C:N NET.

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The next edition will take place in Berlin, Germany, 13 – 17 May 2024. Become a delegate or book an Expo stand for Classical:NEXT 2024.

See our registration page for more information pertaining to Classical:NEXT, including prices, deadlines and how to register.

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Facts & Figures

Since our first edition in 2012, more than 5,000 professionals from all sectors have engaged with Classical:NEXT, making it the largest international gathering for art music innovators. The ten years anniversary edition took place in Hannover, 17 – 20 May 2022.

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Classical:NEXT is not just an annual meeting: it is a year-round worldwide movement for all sectors and all approaches in art music. Stay connected and network via our online community and directory C:N NET. Keep in touch with contacts old and new.

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Previous Editions

Browse the Classical:NEXT archive and find all the information about our previous editions, including showcase performances, conference sessions and more. Check who came to which edition, where they took place and how they went.

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Media & Press

For photographs, logos, videos and other media from Classical:NEXT, see our press section and media downloads.