FOCUS on Self-Leadership (workshop)

What is this workshop about?

Classical music performers and composers are among the most creative people in the world. They can use this creativity not only on stage, but also in shaping their careers and lives. This is self-leadership, which means both fantastic freedom and a real challenge.

Workshop participants are invited on a journey where they are given the tools to reflect on their own goals and the steps on the way to making the most of their strengths and potential while living a balanced life.

At the same time, we also take a closer look at the landscape this road takes us through, i.e. the characteristics and trends of the classical music industry. We will go through what they really mean and how business concepts such as marketing, PR, branding, networking, management or sales can be used in the world of classical music. We deal with collaborations, community building, and how to find time and resources for all of this.

Our goal is that by the end of the workshop you will be able to start the next phase not only with more knowledge and skills, but also with a concrete plan.

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’re not sure what it takes;
  • you want to plan your career more consciously and develop yourself;
  • you are unsure that you are really the best person to manage your affairs;
  • you often feel exhausted, overwhelmed or stressed;
  • you juggle several tasks and roles and therefore, sometimes a week seems like chaos;
  • you want to be more purposeful, but also more balanced.

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.


We currently do not have a new date for this workshop. If you are interested in the next one, fill out this form!

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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Manapság a lehetőségek sok esetben csak egy karnyújtásnyira vannak, a kérdés csak az, tudomásunk van-e ezekről, vagy tudjuk-e az irányt, hogy merre nyúljunk. A média, az online közösségi terek lehetőségeivel csak az tud élni, aki jól tájékozott - ehhez adott egy jó kiindulási pontot a FOCUS on Közösségi Média workshop.

Gedai Eszter,

Minden 21. századi fiatal pályakezdő művész számára elengedhetetlen, hogy gyakorlatot szerezzen és tapasztalatai legyenek az önmenedzsment területén. A kiemelkedő zenei készségek és szakmai tudás mellett fontos, hogy a művésznek ismeretei legyenek a lehetőségekről, amelyek adottak az elinduláshoz. A FOCUS on You program workshopjai olyan ötleteket és tanácsokat adtak nekem a zenei marketing, koncertszervezés és pályázatírás témaköreiben, amelyeket mind a mai hasznosíthatok, és úgy gondolom, egész hátralévő pályám során a segítségemre lesznek.

Varga Abigél,

Nagyon jó szívvel ajánlom a Sonus Alapítvány programjait minden korosztálynak! Legyen szó még diákról vagy akár már aktívan koncertező művészről. Az újító, vérfrissítő kezdeményezések a klasszikus zenei életben manapság kritikusan fontosak. Melyekben véleményem szerint a Focus on You Csapata jelenleg az egyik legprofibb hazánkban.

Mohai Bálint,

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