WORLD PITCH is a one-year training programme for young world music professionals under Music Moves Europe

WHAT WE OFFER
  • unique one semester long training course for 10 young professionals already active in the field of world music
  • the training offers a profound insight in all relevant aspects of the world music scene (management, agency work, programming, organization, PR, journalism, academic work, policies) with personal one-to-one trainings with Europe’s most recognised professionals
  • possibility to build capacity in cooperation with the main actors of the European – and in fact the world’s – leading world-music organizations as well as gain an important background knowledge in a wider cultural leadership from well-known experts
  • great networking possibilities for participants, providing opportunities to enter the job market and fostering their job opportunities
  • Participation at the WOMEX – World Music Expo in Tampere, a gathering of over 2000 professionals from all over the world under the guidance of the organizers will help their understanding of the current market and help again their internationalization
  • Paid fellowships placements for 5 candidates, market-leading organizations in the world music scene from different areas (festivals, showcases, press, academy and venue) 
FELLOWSHIP HOSTS
  • BOZAR is a well-known venue for the world music genre with a strong focus on policy making too
  • Earth Beat is an Amsterdam based promoter representing artists from all the cotinents
  • Maetka – a Finnish agency representing Finnish artists abroad and bringing foreign artist to Finland
  • Glitterbeat – independent record label of “vibrant global sounds”, headed by Chris Eckman
  • DEX – international songwriting expo held in Budapest, 2-3 March 2020
COURSE SCHEDULE

Please see the detailed schedule*of each training module below:

* The schedule may be subject to change, and will be updated regularly with names and information.

MODULE I

A two-day workshop focusing on world music, applied ethnomusicology, cultural and project management, networking, artist marketing and communication. You will be paired with your mentor, and asked to set the your own project’s goal. A 1-day visit at the Showcase of WOMEX19 will give you insight and networking opportunities.

The workshop takes place in Finland, Tampere, at WOMEX19.

Schedule:

WOMEX Academy
22-23 October 2019
Trainer Subject Location
Tuesday
22nd October
9:00 – 9:45 Team of Organizer Orientation Lobby of Sokos Hotel Torni, Ratapihankatu 43, Tampere
10:00 – 11:30 Ben Mandelson, UK
WOMEX
Welcome to WOMEX by Ben Mandelson, WOMEX founding director, musician, record producer: his very personal view on the event, the scene, and more… WOMEX ACADEMY
Conference room 4 – Riffi
Tampere Hall,
Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere
11:45 – 13:15 Chris Eckman, USA/Slovenia
Glitterbeat Record Label
The Idea of Wolrd Music WOMEX ACADEMY
Conference room 4 – Riffi
Tampere Hall,
Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere
Lunch Break Tuhto Restaurant, Tampere Hall
14:45 – 16:15 Gergő Salamon, Hungary Eastaste The Art of Production WOMEX ACADEMY
Conference room 4 – Riffi
Tampere Hall,
Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere
16:30 – 18:00 Christine Semba, France/Germany
WOMEX / Piranha Arts
Efficient Networking WOMEX ACADEMY
Conference room 4 – Riffi
Tampere Hall,
Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere
Wednesday, 23 October
10:00 – 11:30 Jerome Williams, NL Earth Beat Definition and Branding of an Artist Profile WOMEX ACADEMY
Conference room 3 Opus 3
Tampere Hall,
Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere
11:45 – 13:15 Jerome Williams, NL Earth Beat Marketing of your Artist WOMEX ACADEMY
Conference room 3 Opus 3
Tampere Hall,
Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere
Lunch Break Tuhto Restaurant, Tampere Hall
14:45 – 16:15 Own Projects Nordic Lounge, 3 rd floor, Tampere Hall.
16:30 – 18:00 Own Projects Nordic Lounge, 3 rd floor, Tampere Hall.

MODULE II

Module II consists of three main phases:

  1. Fellowship – for five selected trainees
  2. Mentoring
  3. Online discussion forum

1. Fellowships are selected based on application: participants apply through sending letters of motivation to the hosting organizations. Based on the letter of motivation and the participant’s professional background, the organization selects one participant for placement and mentoring and one only for mentoring. The programme offers a financial support for those selected for fellowships; a sum of 2000 EUR to cover participants’ accommodation and travel expenses during the placement.

      • Applications deadline: 29 October
      • Announcement of placements: 5 November
      • Fellowship timeline: November 2019 – May 2020
      • Application: sending motivation letter to mentor

2. Mentoring – every trainee is paired with a mentor at the first workshop according to the field and goal of their own project. They will work on the project throughout the programme with the guidance of the mentor.

3. Online discussion forums channel individual learning paths into a shared discussion under the broad subject of Music Cosmopolitanism. Two separate sessions will provide a platform for participants to exchange their views and check their progress in a small professional community. Forums I and II take place December 2019 and January 2020 respecively, dates to be fixed later.

MODULE III

The third module is dedicated to finalizing the trainees’ own project with the help of their mentors. Workshops and and the module’s location, Veszprém will serve as inspiration; the county sea located north of Lake Balaton is a European Capital of culture awardee for the year 2023. Participants will get a peak behind the scene and cooperate with the team of ECoC 2023.

Schedule:

Veszprém
11-12 Február 2020
Trainer Subject
DAY 1
9:00 – 10:00
Team of Organizer
Feedback on 1st workshop, online courses
10:00 – 11:30 Chris Eckman Label Management
11:45 – 13:15 Sue Kay Buliding Partnerships and Collaboration
lunch break
14:15 – 15:45 Riitaa Huttunen
Gergő Salamon
Chris Eckman
Tony van der Eecken
Jerome Williams
Development of case studies, preparation for presentations
16:00 – 17:30 Riitaa Huttunen
Gergő Salamon
Chris Eckman
Tony van der Eecken
Jerome Williams
Development of case studies, preparation for presentations
DAY 2
10:00 – 11:30 Sue Kay Negotiation techniques
11:45 – 13:15 Gergő Salamon Art and Buisness: Friends or Foes
lunch break
14:15 – 15:45 Riitaa Huttunen
Gergő Salamon
Chris Eckman
Tony van der Eecken
Jerome Williams
Development of case studies, preparation for presentations
16:00 – 17:30 Riitaa Huttunen
Gergő Salamon
Chris Eckman
Tony van der Eecken
Jerome Williams
Development of case studies, preparation for presentations

 

MODULE IV

In the final module, participants will:

  1. prepare a max. 10 pages paper on their case study by 1 April – this will be the basis of the final pitch
  2. receive a short training on presenting techniques
  3. present their pitch and get feedback.

Feedback and evaluation goes both ways; participants will be requested to evaluate the course just as their contribution will be evaluated.

submission deadline for course paper: 1 April, 2020

evaluation deadine: 20 April, 2020

A two-day event in Brussels will serve as the occasion to present participants projects, connected to a conference and networking event for professionals. Participants will recieve diplomas, and the best project will be published in Songlines Magazine.

Schedule:

BOZAR
April 24-25 2020
Trainer Subject
DAY 1
9:00 – 9:45 Team of Organizer Welcome Speeches
10:00 – 11:30 Closing of mentorships, preparation for pitches
11:45 – 13:15 Closing of mentorships, preparation for pitches
Lunch Break
14:15 – 15:45 Closing of mentorships, preparation for pitches
16:00 – 17:30 Closing of mentorships, preparation for pitches
DAY 2
10:00 – 11:30 Trainees Showcase Pitches
11:45 – 13:15 Trainees Showcase Pitches
Lunch Break
14:15 – 15:45 Trainees Showcase Pitches
16:00 – 17:30 Trainees Showcase Pitches
All Official Hand Out of Diplomas and Feedback from Mentors and Networking