De Doelen, Rotterdam, 15th–18th May 2019

Classical:NEXT is the largest gathering of world-class professional delegates working in contemporary classical music.  In 2018, 1400 delegates representing 700 companies came to Rotterdam, with 225 exhibiting companies and organisations at the Expo. The event also features showcases, conference sessions and project pitches alongside a very significant opportunity to network with national and international industry professionals.

The Scottish Music Centre (SMC), supported by Creative Scotland, will again lead Scotland’s presence at the event by managing the Scotland trade fair stand and the artist delegation.

Composers, musicians, ensembles and organisations are now invited to apply for an artist delegate bursary. We plan to support up to five artists to attend and aim to select a cohort of delegates that best represents the vibrancy and diversity of Scotland’s contemporary classical scene.

The applications will be assessed by a panel of industry professionals. Selected delegates will have their registration fee, travel and accommodation arranged and paid for.  Delegates will be expected to cover their own subsistence, transfers and travel insurance costs.

It is a condition of funding that all selected artist delegates:

  • Commit to an all-day presence at the event in Rotterdam 16th & 17th May 2019 (ideally from 15th-18th if possible)
  • Participate in Meet The Artist receptions at the Scotland stand on 16th & 17th May
  • Attend at least two evening showcases during Classical:NEXT
  • Commit to at least one two-hour slot assisting SMC on the Scotland stand
  • Provide feedback during and after the event: this will form part of SMC’s evaluation for funders
  • Participate in a pre-event briefing session with other delegates (to be arranged for the weeks leading up to the event)


In order for artists to be able to make the most of this opportunity, we’re looking for people who can;

  • Demonstrate a committed track-record of working professionally in the contemporary classical sector
  • Demonstrate that they will be able to clearly communicate, express and promote their work and practice to potential partners (promoters, labels, commissioners, artists)
  • Show that their work is innovative, rooted in the classical or art music genre and is suitable for the Classical:NEXT market. (NB We recommend that anyone interested in this opportunity look at which artists Classical:NEXT has previously selected to showcase, as this will give you an idea of the type of work the event & delegates are interested in:
  • Convey what they aim to achieve by attending Classical:NEXT 2019 and why this point in their career is an appropriate time to do so


  • Open to individuals, groups and organisations working in contemporary classical music. (NB. Organisations in receipt of Creative Scotland RFO funding are ineligible to apply. However, individuals who are employed by an RFO but have their own distinctive artistic practice may apply to attend if they wish to represent their own work and not the work of the RFO).
  • If applying from a group or organisation, only one representative per organisation can be supported to attend.
  • Applicants must be currently based in Scotland.
  • Applicants must be ready to tour and/or export their work internationally.
  • Applicants must hold a passport valid for travel in the EU.(NB please be aware of the current advice from HM Passport Office: )
  • Those awarded a bursary in 2018 are not eligible to apply to attend in 2019.



“My time at Classical:NEXT was hugely beneficial. As a result the Russian String Orchestra are going to be performing one of my pieces during their 2018 Fringe run and Gramophone Magazine are considering an article about my work.”   Ailie Robertson

‘”I’m certain that being part of the Scottish Music Centre’s delegation to Classical:NEXT will have instigated and sped up engagements and partnerships with potential colleagues in European concert halls. It also allowed me to gain valuable insight into the workings of the record industry and has given me more weight at the negotiating table vis á vis royalties.”  Sean Shibe

“Attending Classical:NEXT was an invaluable opportunity for both the ensemble and my work as a composer. In anticipation of the event I had targeted new contacts and building a dialogue has been the biggest take-away from the conference, we are already discussing ways to foster exchange.” Glasgow New Music Expedition/Richard Greer

“I found the Classical:NEXT event to be a very insightful, informative and fruitful experience. I also had the opportunity to network and speak with many other delegates from organisations. My intention at Classical:NEXT was to cultivate further commissions with organisations beyond Scotland; by attending this event, I have made a productive start to developing these working relationships”  Jay Capperauld

“It is so important for us as artists to be part of a global community, and with over 1400 delegates attending, we were sure to be part of the bigger picture. Some presentations were hugely influential in our future plans while we were strategic in our use of limited time at the conference and were clear that we were looking for:distribution of our album, commissioning of new work, access to touring dates and festivals and representation.”  Karen McIver/Piano Piano


Application Form

If you have any queries before submitting your application please email with ‘CLASSICAL: NEXT 2019’ in the subject line. 

Please submit your completed form, along with any supporting materials, in one email, to by 6pm, Friday November 23rd 2018