How selected #Orchestras integrate #digital tools

Orchestras around the globe are looking for pathways in the very fast changing digital environment. Only some orchestras can make money from media business, at least only, if they do it on their own behalf.

Home of Berlin Philharmonic and the DCH Ltd.

A good example is the Digital Concert Hall (DCH) of the Berlin Philharmonic. Find more information on this topic in this presentation, which has been hold at 4th International Orchestra Conference in Montreal on May 12, 2017:

Orchestras Integrating Digital Tools

4th International Orchestra Conference in Montreal is on the way

From May 11 to 14 the international orchestra community is gathering in Montreal. 300 delegates from more than 40 countries will discuss cutting edge topics of the industry.

International Orchestra Conference

Created in 2008 by FIM (International Federation of Musicians), the International Orchestra Conference takes place every three years. The previous editions took place in Berlin (2008), Amsterdam (2011) and Oslo (2014). The aim of this dedicated conference is to give symphony orchestra or opera musicians down to the smallest ensemble orchestras the opportunity to share their experiences, concerns and initiatives on issues such as improving working conditions, consolidating employment, risk prevention where health and safety are concerned, developing audiences or public or private financial perpetuation.

A place of exchange for musicians and managers

Since its first edition in 2008, the International Orchestra Conference has invited administrators to take part in panels alongside musicians’ representatives. This open approach enables us to address issues of common interest together, without excluding controversy.

Financing methods, the impact of digital on the way orchestras operate and their relationship with the public, taking risks into account where occupational health is concerned, the involvement of musicians in elaborating artistic projects – these are but a few examples of the numerous issues which musicians and managers address. We need to take up issues and submit them for debate.

Orchestras: an essential cultural mission

In February 2014, musicians’ representatives meeting at the 3rd International Orchestra Conference stated: “Support for symphony and opera music, which are a precious and fragile part of our cultural heritage, is a prime responsibility of national, regional and local governments“. In what has become known as the Oslo Call, they also called on political decision makers “to honour this responsibility, by providing orchestras with the means that are necessary to pursue their missions and thus contribute to, and enhance artistic, social and economic life“.

This public service mission for orchestras reaffirmed here fulfils our societies’ need for culture, providing them with both artistic excellence and social bonding.

Find programme here.

Upcoming International Conferences

The arts and orchestra conferences circus is taking speed again in 2017.

International Orchestra Conference

The IAMA (International Artist Managers Association) 27th International Conference takes place in the Paris Philharmony from April 5 to 7.

Find more information on this event here.

The international orchestra community will meet in Montreal (Canada) for the 4th FIM International Orchestra Conference from May 11 to 14. Experts from orchestras around the globe will discuss topic issues and developments in the  orchestra sector.

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The latest edition of the Classical:NEXT Fair takes place in Rotterdam (Netherlands) from May 17 to 20.

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Time marches on. Make you conference choice!

Brazil: International Conference MultiOrchestra, April 28-30, 2014

There are many professional orchestras located in Latin America. However, international orchestra conferences in this part of the world are rare.  The “International Conference MultiOrchestra” with the surtitle: “Talent, Management and Impact” shall fill this gap from April 28-30, 2014. It will take place at Fundação Clovis Salgado – Palácio das Artes in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Multiorchestra Confernce Brazil, April 2014, 28-30

Multiorchestra Conference Brazil, April 2014, 28-30

Questions to be tackled: Possible management models considering the diversity of artistic formations, the multiplicity of organizational artistic missions and the variety of audiences. Combining and assessing three variables that define success, longevity and social relevance. Assessing the role of orchestras in the development of audiences and in establishing unique bonds with communities. New parameters for artistic direction, educational programmes and participation. What can be expected from the musician in the 21st century? How can musicians occupy more central and formative roles in their communities? etc.

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Orchestras are part of the cultural heritage – International initiative to be started

The Oslo Call: Representatives from musicians’ unions and orchestra associations in more than 30 countries, meeting in Oslo for the 3rd International Orchestra Conference, on February 26, 2014, expressed  their deepest concern about the situation of symphony and opera orchestras around the world.

Internat. Orchestra Conference: THE OSLO CALL

Internat. Orchestra Conference: THE OSLO CALL

In Greece, The Netherlands, Germany, the US, a number of orchestras have been closed down, sometimes overnight. In many other countries, they are being threatened with reductions in funding and budgetary cuts.

In the context of the global recession, it is self-evident that orchestras suffer as well as other sectors of the economy. But destroying orchestras does not just impact musicians’ jobs. It also impedes, in territories where these orchestras pursue and develop their activities, the citizens’ ability to access great works and repertoire that cannot be provided by the commercial sector. Support for symphony and opera music, which are a precious and fragile part of our cultural heritage, is a prime responsibility of national, regional and local governments.

The FIM International Orchestra Conference calls on political decision makers to honor this responsibility, by providing orchestras with the means that are necessary to pursue their missions and thus contribute to, and enhance artistic, social and economic life. In the forthcoming months, a broad international initiative will be proposed by FIM (International Federation of Musicians), Paris, so as to make this call heard and more fully understood.

International Orchestra Conference discuss decision making in orchestras

“As orchestra manager you should never talk with the orchestra how it should dress” (Paul Hughes, CEO BBC Symphony Orchestra, London).

Panel debate in Oslo

Panel debate in Oslo

The 2nd panel of the Int. Orchestra Conference discussed the decision making in orchestras. Catch some of the main findings:

Every orchestra has to develop its own internal communication structure between musicians and management. Communication needs trust of both sides. Trust must be build be on mutual understanding. Understanding of the needs of musicians as well of the management.

To nurture this understanding vocational training on communication, leadership, education etc. is necessary. To involve musicians in management and artistic decisions means that they have to take over responsibility. This may affect the whole performance of the orchestra, from the artistic point of view as well as from the economical one.

BBC Symphony Orchestra has developed a very good informal cooperation between management and musicians within the past 15 years. Unfortunately it is not fixed in a paper but it works.

International Conferences coming up soon

Conference year 2014 has taken up speed.

The 3rd International Orchestra Conference is going to start on Sunday, February 23, 2014, in Oslo (Norway). Until February 26 managers, musicians, unions and arts organization from around the globe will discuss topic problems of orchestras, health issues, as well a labor conflicts. More information

 

International Orchestra Conference 2014

International Orchestra Conference 2014

Artist managers and agencies will gather for the 24th International IAMA Conference in Milton Court, London (UK) from April 10 to 12, 2014. The title of this conference: “Time for change”. More information

 

The organizers of the successful classical music expo Classical:NEXT announced the 2014 edition: the international professionals’ forum for classical and art music will take place from 14 until 17 May 2014, a little earlier in the calendar than the first two editions. The main venue will again be the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna. More information

 

The League of American Orchestras Conference 2014 will be held June 4–6, 2014, Pre-Conference June 2 to 4 Seattle, Washington. Conference will take place at the Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98101. The Seattle Symphony is co-host of Conference 2014. More information