FOCUS on Networking (workshop)

What is this workshop about?

Classical music is not a lonely genre – even if you are preparing for a solo career. Countless interactions take place every day, not only with the audience but also with the professional community. You are constantly communicating and hopefully working together with other musicians, representatives of other art forms, composers, performers, concert organizers, background professionals, mentors, teachers, managers, supporters, festival organizers – and the list goes on.

In this workshop, we will go over where and how you can find the people you can connect with in your professional life as a musician. Once you have found them, how to effectively communicate with them personally and in writing (online and offline) and what to set down when establishing a collaboration.

We talk about all of this not only in theory but in accordance with your specific goals, through lots of tasks and exercises, so that you take with you immediately usable knowledge and skills.

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 unsure how to find the right partners;
  • if even hearing the word networking gives you chills, because you find it complicated and time-consuming;
  • you tried to connect with other professionals, but something didn’t feel right;
  • you want to make sure that a collaboration is efficient and problem-free.

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.


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