Digital Mentoring Programme Zeitgenössische Musik

with members of the Ensemble Modern and the Ensemble Musikfabrik

The Covid pandemic has severely curtailed opportunities for musical training all over the world. So the CONTEMPORARY MUSIC mentoring programme offers one-on-one online lessons and coaching to help aspiring young musicians make the most of their talents and potential.

The programme revolves around partnerships between the mentor and mentee. If you’re interested, you can apply for a mentorship online, naming the mentor of your choice and specifying your training objectives as well. 20 applicants will be selected to work on their personal curriculum with their personal mentor. The mentoring may focus on anything from instrumental skills, including new performance techniques, building up a repertoire and practising methods, to matters of personal artistic development. Each mentee is entitled to up to 12 hours of online lessons over the course of a six-month period.

The Goethe-Institut is working together with the Ensemble Modern and the Ensemble Musikfabrik in this mentoring programme. Ten members of each of these two world-renowned ensembles will be mentoring a total of up to 20 aspiring young musicians in their artistic and personal development over a period of six months.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

The programme is for trained musicians who’ve already had some initial experience of contemporary music and would like to further improve their knowledge and skills. They must be based in a country on the DAC list (PDF).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Solid prior musical training and a keen interest in further training in contemporary music over an extended period of time
  • Candidates must live and work mainly in a country on the DAC list
  • Good command of English and/or German
Required documents:
  • A letter of motivation clearly stating your personal training objectives
  • Artist CV
  • Recent audio samples (links)
The mentorship includes:
  • 12 hours of free online instruction, coaching and further support within a six-month period. A certificate will be issued after successful completion.
Participating mentors: Admissions process:
If you’re interested, upload your application documents to the Goethe-Institut’s application portal and pick two mentors you’d like to work with. After the deadline for applications, a total of 20 candidates will be selected and assigned mentors.

Application deadline: 30 June 2021

Notification of candidates selected: by 15 August 2021

Duration of programme: from 1 October 2021 to 30 March 2022

NB: To participate successfully in this programme, you’ll need a stable Internet connection and an appropriate terminal device equipped with a microphone with adequate sound quality and good loudspeakers.

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