#synergy: Sharpening the capacities of the classical music industry in the Western Balkans

#synergy: Sharpening the capacities of the classical music industry in the Western Balkans


Project Leader: Don Branko Sbutega Foundation, Montenegro

Centar beogradskih festivala – CEBEF, Serbia

Festival Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dubravacke ljetne igre, Croatia

Kosovo Chopin Association, Kosovo*

Vox Baroque, Albania

Maximum grant awarded: 410,930.00 €

The project #Synergy aims to overcome the obstacles which at present threaten the art music sector in the WB, which are the consequences of small and fragmented art markets, of unequal economic development, and of recent conflicts in the region. The project underlines the need for cooperation between the WB and EU countries in the field of classical contemporary music, which will result in a greater recognition of this important peripheral CCI sector on a European scale.

The title of the project reflects its primary goals: to sharpen the skills of the participants (in classical music, the sign ‘#’ is called ‘sharp’) and to synergize the activities of the project partners. The project connects six relevant art music festivals from the WB and EU (Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo*, Slovenia and Croatia). The festivals will co-commission new pieces by selected mid-career composers (2 composers per festival, 12 in total). Each composer will take part in a residence program in another project country and he/she will write a piece which provides an artistic response to a chosen socially relevant topic. These pieces will be performed by selected emerging classical music performers from all project countries (ca. 40 in total) who will present this new music to audiences throughout WB and in EU project countries. Thus, composers and performers will receive a strong international boost, while the festivals will benefit from the transnational exchange of know-how and resources which is, at the moment, virtually non-existent.

In parallel, the project partners will undertake activities to further develop their own capacities in cultural management. Six workshops will be organized (one per partner) dealing with different relevant issues of the industry, involving participants in peer-learning and experience sharing. The independent expert Research group will work on the policy analysis which will result in a guidebook for classical music industry in the WB and further.