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 2022, the Programme continues and Classical:NEXT now has five 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.
Australian involvement in the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme is facilitated through the Australian Music Centre. The Australian Music Centre represents Australian art music through their online services, enabling universal access to their extensive resources, whilst advancing the interests of Australian creators. AMCs important work covers contemporary classical, contemporary jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art. They provide career support, manage professional development programs and presents annual and biennial awards.
“The Australian Music Centre is pleased to continue to participate in the Classical:NEXT Fellowship program. Since 2017, Australian artists/workers have been included in this program, providing participants with an opportunity to expand their networks, and develop an international perspective to the creative and professional work that they are involved in. We are very pleased to continue to be involved in the Fellowship Program and the benefits that it provides for the emerging generation of professionals in our sector.”
- Catherine Haridy, CEO, Australian Music Centre
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
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
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
The Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover (HMTMH) is one of Germany’s most renowned artistic-scientific universities. Around 400 lecturers, amongst them numerous internationally recognised artists, educationalists and researchers, are committed to teaching almost 1,600 students from 60 nations. The HMTMH is distinguished by its artistic and educational breadth: The balance between music, drama, education and academic research as well as the commitment to excellence in both top-level and broad-based training form the core of its self-concept. The University’s aim is to maintain and intensify the complementary relationship between the striving for artistic excellence of national and international standing on the one hand and the promotion of relevant skills for musical education on the other. To this end, the University provides a broad but differentiated range of courses and programmes, currently consisting of 33 study programs supplemented by world-class master classes.
"We are very proud to send 3 wonderful musicians and music related creative students or alumni from our institition to the fellowship program for the first time. They will certainly represent the variety and excellence our school can offer and I‘m sure that they will gain a lot from the international exchange at classical:next. We are excited to meet this opportunity in Hannover.”
- Oliver Wille, Vice President and Prof. for Chamber Music