Australian harpist and music producer Marshall Maguire has been named as one of the eight jury members for international showcasing conference Classical: Next. The jury select artists and speakers for showcases, club showcases, project pitches and conference sessions at this Rotterdam based international music conference. Read the full jury line-up here.
This comes after a three-year push by Australia to raise participation and profile of Australian composers and musicians.
A partnership between Australia Music Centre and music export office Sounds Australia, supported by Australia Council dollars. has seen a substantial increase in the number of Australian delegates, including a presence on conference panels and in the innovation award. Over the past five years this conference has evolved into a solid platform for international exchange and promotion for classical music, filling a much-needed gap. Check out background information on Classical: Next on our website.
The addition of a ‘club showcase’ category is an important development. This marks the recognition of the need and potential to provide increased pathways for the informal and independent classical scene that appeals to younger audiences. This is burgeoning in Europe but still in early stages in Australia.
While an Australian presence on the jury doesn’t guarantee our artists will be selected, it does indicate a genuine desire from organisers for the conference to reach beyond European and north American boundaries. It also provides an informed advocate at the table, able to explain the potential and track record of nominated proposals. Conference proposals are due by 29 September, more information here.