FOCUS on Fundraising (workshop)

What is this workshop about?

An outstanding idea, a great team, a supportive venue – everything is there to make your project a success… the only thing missing is the money. However, without that, they rarely heat the room, tune the piano, borrow the sheet music… In the FOCUS on You program, we stand on the ground of reality, so we consider it important to talk about these issues as well.

In this practical workshop, we will put the concepts in order: we will see the difference between scholarships, grants, crowdfunding, patronage and sponsorship, and seek which one can bring you closer to achieving your goals.

We take a close look at where you can find national and international opportunities, how you should formulate your project plan, what to pay attention to when establishing collaborations, and what should be included in that particular letter or application form. We also try out what makes a proposal convincing, what details you need to pay attention to, and we even learn to plan the budget.

Our aim is that after the workshop, you will confidently start creating resources and regard it not as a scary obstacle but as a tool that contributes to the realization of your musical projects.

We recommend you this workshop if

  • you study music, work as a classical music performer or composer;
  • you want to show your music to the world, but you are not sure how to get the necessary resources;
  • you didn’t dare to start writing a grant application until now, because it seemed complicated and time-consuming;
  • you’ve already written applications, sent pitches, but something wasn’t quite right;
  • you have a great project idea and would like to know the possible channels for its implementation.

About the trainer

Eszter Bodnár is the director of the Sonus Foundation, cultural and artistic manager, trainer and coach, and the creator of the FOCUS on You program. She mainly works on contemporary music projects in Europe and North America. Her mission is to give young musicians, who are burning with the desire to show their music to the world, skills and knowledge to help them find their path confidently in the classical music business. In this, she uses her experience as a university lecturer, mentor, and project manager.



14. 10. 2023
7:00-9:30 (PT) / 10:00-12:30 (ET) / 16:00-18:30 (CET)


online (Zoom)

Registration fee

40 EUR


Registration deadline

10. 10. 2023

Frequently asked questions

Is there an age limit for the application?

The workshops are better tailored for young musicians, but everyone is welcome if they think it fits their interests and career stage.

How long is a workshop?

The workshops are usually 120-150 minutes long.

Where will the workshop happen?

The workshops are happening online. After the arrival of the registration fee, we send out the Zoom link. 

How can I access to the workshop?

The link to access the workshops will be sent to all participants after payment of the registration fee, before the workshops.

Where can I register for the workshops?

You can register for the workshop on the page of the chosen workshop, in the Registration section.

Can I register only for one workshop?

You can register for one event or all the workshops of the semester together. When registering, you must choose which workshop you wish to participate in.

How do I know that my registration was successful?

After registration, we will confirm the registration in a confirmation e-mail.

Can I get a discount from the registration fee?

Thanks to our supporters, we can offer scholarships to a limited extent. If you want to take advantage of this, after finishing your registration, write a short explanation to the email address, and we will get back to you.

What happens if I signed up for a workshop, but I still can't go?

If you cancel your registration 10 days before the workshop, the registration fee will be refunded. In other cases, the registration fee will not be refunded, and unfortunately it is not possible to watch the workshop from the recording either.

Is the registration transferable?

Registration for the workshop is non-transferable after payment of the registration fee. In exceptional cases, the registration can be modified after individual consultation.


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