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Rotterdam/Berlin:  With the Guide Rate for reduced registration rapidly approaching (this Friday, 3 March), Classical:NEXT 2017 organisers have announced more programme for the conference and showcases as well as the shortlist of the renowned Classical:NEXT Innovation Award.

The award winner will be selected by online voting of all delegates of the upcoming and the previous editions of the world’s biggest classical music meeting. The winner will be announced on site at Classical:NEXT in de Doelen, Rotterdam, 17 – 20 May.

Guide Rate Deadline is this Friday, 3 March!

The Guide Rate deadline is this Friday, 3 March, so register before this date to get the best price and for your company’s contact data to be included in the Guide – the professional resource that is used year-round. For companies wanting to exhibit in the expo, this is also the last chance to have your company featured in the Guide’s dedicated expo chapter with a description and logo, as well as the last chance to book an advertisement in the Guide – so this is an opportunity not to be missed! Register as a delegatebook a stand in the expo, or advertise with Classical:NEXT now.

Network Meetings

Not only will a large number of networks, associations and other groups be represented at Classical:NEXT, some have made Classical:NEXT the location for their annual meetings and official gatherings. Seven networks will hold open network meetings, a semi-formal format designed to include new members into a network or connect likeminded professionals on an international level.

For Classical:NEXT 2017, seven network meetings will discuss orchestras in the digital age, music export and the EU’s ‘Creative Europe’ support programme, among other topics. To see the full list of network meetings and networks participating, see our website, with links through to the relevant C:N NET event pages.Club Showcases & DJs Revealed

As well as the previously-announced showcases that will take place in the wonderful de Doelen, Classical:NEXT 2017 also sees the return of club showcases. These four late-night showcases offer the chance to see outstanding NEXT artists perform in Rotterdam clubs in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere, together with resident Classical:NEXT DJs. The Club Showcases are curated by Classical:NEXT director Jennifer Dautermann and Nonclassical artistic director Gabriel Prokofiev, and constitute part of the ‘Seriously? – Adventures in Music’ festival programme.

David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg, one of the newly-announced showcasers with their project Breath + Hammer, has this to say:

“We are very excited to be part of Classical:NEXT – sharing our latest project, “Breath + Hammer” with a community of like-minded artists, creators, curators and presenters. We can’t wait to meet people who are pushing boundaries in terms of project creation, presentation and cutting edge promotion of new concepts in our art form.”

The Club Showcases will take place in BIRD on Thursday night and WORM on Friday night. You can see a full list of the artists and DJs performing at the Club Showcase nights on our website now.Innovation Award Shortlist – Voting Now Open

After a tough process, the Classical:NEXT international nominating committee has narrowed down the 30-strong longlist to create the Classical:NEXT 2017 Innovation Award Shortlist of ten of the most forward thinking and exciting projects in the classical world today. The full list can be seen here.

So now…it’s over to you, the community. The winners of the Innovation Award are chosen by the Classical:NEXT community and voting is open now! Voting is open to anyone with a C:N NET account, so if you have attended any of our previous editions or are registered for Classical:NEXT 2017, you can log in and cast your votes now. Voting closes on Friday, 24 March.

The winner will be revealed and the award presented at the Classical:NEXT 2017 Closing, which will take place at de Doelen on 20 May 2017 – and we promise we’ll announce the right winner, unlike some other award shows!