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Classical:NEXT Fellowships

Since 2017, the AMC has been a partner institution the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme, supporting Australian creators and industry professionals in classical music to expand their international networks and opportunities.

Through the program, we support creators, performers, and industry professional in attending the Classical:NEXT conference – a dynamic hub for the global contemporary classical music community.

Each Fellow is paired with a seasoned professional who is also a Classical:NEXT veteran, who will offer advice and introduce the Fellows to the Classical:NEXT community and relevant professional contacts.

Previous Australian Fellows include: Tamara Kohler, Nat Bartsch, Luke Tierney, Aura Go, Matthias Schack-Arnott, and Belle Chen.

Apply for the 2024 Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme

The Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme is an opportunity for outstanding talents to get together with 'C:N Insiders' and engage with the Classical:NEXT community on-site during Classical:NEXT 2024 in Berlin, 13-17 May.

The programme

Two Australian Fellows will be paired with a seasoned professional and Classical:NEXT veteran (having been part of our community for year of attendance and year-round engagement). The experienced Classical:NEXT Insiders will introduce Fellows 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 contact platform C:N NET.

This year’s Fellowship programme includes the following aspects:

  • Special pre-event workshops
  • Preparation meetings
  • Participation in the "Classical:NEXT Newbie Session"
  • Onsite networking help with "cN Insiders"
  • Option for roundtable and one-to-one mentoring
  • Meet the Fellows reception with cN Insiders and Fellows from all participating institutions
  • Fellows Get Together
  • Important note: Entry into the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme does not include support for conference registration, travel, accommodation, or per diem expenses.

    To apply

    To apply for the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme, you must prepare a single PDF document including:

  • Your contact details (phone number, email, mailing address)
  • Your website URL, and any relevant links to your work online
  • Your CV
  • Statements addressing the following prompts:
    • Tell us about your work to date (100 words)
    • Tell us why you would like to attend Classical:NEXT as a Fellow and what it is important to you ro develop your international profile right now (300 words)
    • What do you hope yo get out of this experience and what do you think your contribution to the conference will be? (500 words)
  • At least 1 written letter of support (up to 2)

  • Please submit applications to info@australianmusiccentre.com.au by Wednesday 14 February, 9am AEDT.

    Applicants will be informed of the outcome by Friday 23 February.

    What we're looking for

    We are seeking candidates who possess strong artistic skills, and are self-starters, good communicators, and networkers. Strong applicants will be informed beyond their own practice and are able to speak to the wider Australian context. Capacity to offer reciprocal opportunities for other Classical:NEXT delegates will be looked upon favourably.

    About 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.

    Read more about the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme.