Call for Singapore Applications

Classical:NEXT is an international industry meeting for the classical music sector. Delegates at this industry platform include classical music labels, publishers, festival directors, and ensemble representatives. Artist attendees have the opportunity to pitch their work to potential buyers and become part of informal industry networks. The 2018 edition was attended by 1,300 industry professionals representing 750 companies from 48 countries around the world.


The National Arts Council is pleased to support up to 3 musicians from Singapore to attend the upcoming Classical:NEXT Conference in Rotterdam from 15 to 18 May 2019. In order to maximise the impact of attendance, NAC has tied up with the conference organisers to offer a Fellowship programme to the selected musicians from Singapore.


About the Fellowship
Each selected Singapore Fellow will be paired with a "Classical:NEXT insider", who will offer tips and suggestions on how to network successfully and help to make connections at the conference. The fellowship programme includes pre-conference meetings and workshops, as well as a sit-down session with their "assigned" insider. The Singapore Fellows will also be represented online at the year-round contact platform C:N NET. More information is available online at:


Applicants for the fellowship programme are expected to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Practising music professionals,
  • Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents,
  • At a relatively early stage of their careers (e.g. aged 35 and below or in their first five years as full-time/ professional musicians); and
  • Demonstrate a track record of artistic achievements and contributions to the music sector in Singapore (e.g. leading initiatives to benefit other musicians, sharing knowledge with others, working in and/ or with communities etc.).


NAC support for Singapore Fellows
Singapore Fellows will be provided with funding to support their airfare and accommodations for the duration of the conference. NAC will also cover other costs of participating in the Fellowship charged directly by the organisers, including conference registration fees, administrative costs, and on-site logistics. Fellows are responsible for all other costs, including insurance, ground transport, and other living expenses.


Fellows are expected to commit fully to the Fellowship programme, including attending all pre-conference activities in Singapore and the conference itself in the Netherlands. They are required to submit a Post-Fellowship Evaluation Report within two months of the conference, which would detail the international connections made at the conference and provide information on the potential engagements resulting from those connections (e.g. performance invitations, commissions).


Application information
To apply, please download the application form here and submit your completed applications by 15 January 2019 to


Applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae, listing highlights of the applicant's portfolio* (maximum of two pages)
  3. Colour photo of printing quality in digital form, portrait format [minimum size of 10cm (height) at 300 dpi]
  4. Professional character reference/ letters of recommendation are welcome
  5. Audio/ video samples** (provide web links to your samples on Soundcloud/ YouTube/ Bandcamp or other online platforms, not media files).


*Composers: A complete works list including title, year created, approximate duration of work, instrumentation, year of premiere, performer or ensemble that premiered the work.

*Conductors and soloists: A list of repertoire performed in public (including ensemble, location, and date)


**Composers: at least two audio and/ or video samples of existing work (preferably composed in the last three years) of up to 30 minutes.

**Conductors and soloists: web links to video footage that focus on the conductor/ soloist to demonstrate the applicant's abilities with two contrasting selections, preferably from the past year.


Please feel free to e-mail Ms Carolyn Chiam ( or Ms Kristen Chan ( if you have any questions.


The projected timeline of key events is as follows:

15 January 2019 Application deadline
February 2019

Announcement of appointed Fellows


Begin matching process between Fellow and Insider

March/ April 2019 Conference preparatory workshop for Fellows (likely to be one session only)
April 2019 Introductory talk by phone or video (FaceTime, Skype, etc.) to get to know other Fellows, detail updated activities, discuss aims at Classical:NEXT, and sharing by Insiders
15 to 18 May 2019


  • "Meet the Fellows" reception with Insiders,
  • Spend a minimum of one hour with Insiders on site during conference for networking and exchange thoughts, observations and advice; and
  • Attend conference sessions and meet with other delegates to pitch work and make connections
18 July 2019 Deadline for the submission of post-conference evaluation report to NAC and Classical:NEXT