MusXchange bootcamps for musicians

This training format involves the selection and sending of a peer-group of 15 musicians of at least 7 project partners to join bootcamps, incubator programmes, or other peer learning activities at a European level.
Under MusXchange 2015-17, there had been two activities under this sub-strand focusing on two important areas in the professional development of young musicians.

The first bootcamp took place in Glasgow in Sept. 2015 and was dedicated to "Audience and outreach skills - Engaging with audiences". The bootcamp was organised under the guidance of experienced trainers of Live Music Now Scotland. The bootcamp was coordinated by LMN director Carol Main. LMN’s vision is “Inspiring musicians – Transforming lives”. The experience was a unique opportunity for providing mentoring and coaching on communicating with audiences, learning about adapting to different audiences at local level, which involves creative programming for various formats, and developing musicians' musical, social, and leadership skills.

The second bootcamp was held in London in Oct. 2016, and dedicated to "Creative Enrepreneurship - How to start your own business". The bootcamp was organised under the guidance of experienced trainers of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in cooperation with Cause4, a social enterprise for developing innovative and enterprising programmes for charities, social and arts companies. The experience provided a unique opportunity for offering mentoring and coaching to a peer-group of musicians and help them develop their entrepreneurial and managerial skills, find their customers and audiences, raise funding and create sustainable businesses. Students attended the bootcamp with their own project ideas and developed their start-ups over three days in a “creative incubator” with experienced coaches.

MusXchange working group meetings for managers

WG meetings are primarily dedicated to train-the-trainers workshops on issues of music training, orchestra management, audience engagement, digital innovation, and the development of project-related strategies and evaluation processes.

In September 2015, two train-the-trainers workshops were offered on “Audience development strategies including the use of digital media", and "Training of outreach skills in pre-professional YOs”. A third topic embraced the “Diversification of public and private funding”. Trainers were consultants of institutions such as Live Music Now Scotland, Culture Republic Scotland, and Arts & Business Scotland.

In October 2016, two train-the-trainers workshops were offered on “Online training and coaching tools in music education” and “Creative entrepreneurship”. Experienced trainers were supplied by the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Cause4.

MusXchange - A transnational mobility programme for a new generation of European musicians

EFNYO strongly believes in the added value of short-term mobility projects in professional music training. Following its beginnings in 1996, the musicians’ mobility programme of EFNYO has seen the exchange of more than 850 participants, and has developed into an indispensable instrument for the professionalization of young musicians in Europe.

The programme MusXchange, which was launched as a pilot project in 2009 with co-finance from the EU Commission and EU Parliament, is based on 20 years of experience of EFNYO members. It was continued and expanded in a second cycle (2012-14) and current third cycle (2015-17). Currently EFYNO is preparing an application under the EU Creative Europe Programme for a fourth cycle (2018-20)

MusXchange 2015-17: EFNYO's programme for fostering transnational mobility, strengthening of skills and audience building for pre-professional musicians in Europe

EFNYO's application under the EU Creative Europe programme for a Cooperation Project 2015-17 (small scale/cat. 1) was approved in April 2015. EFNYO was awarded a 60% maximum co-finance rate under this strand.
The new programme ran from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017, and included a total of 213 musicians and 30 managers participating in MusXchange activities. Together with EFNYO as co-ordinator and 11 project partners (P2-WJO, P3-JONDE, P4-OFJ, P5-JOA, P6-NJO, P7-OGI, P8-NYOI, P9-NYOS, P10-ORT, P11-JOP, P12-NNU), and further 20 associated partners involving a total of 34 countries. The joint activities happened within well-established, but also new and innovative formats, ranging from mobility projects in symphonic projects to bi-lateral chamber music projects, internships with professional orchestras, workshops for managers, and intensive bootcamps for young musicians.

The outcomes of the programme MusXchange 2015-17 were presented at EFNYO's General Assembly in Fiesole, May 11th - 14th, 2017. The final report in the form of brochure with statements of musicians and managers can be found here.

Join the EFNYO mobility programme for young orchestra musicians!

If you are between 16 and 26 years of age and a member of one of the national youth orchestras of the EFNYO network, you may benefit from a unique European exchange programme for pre-professional musicians called MusXchange.

Managers' site visits

Managers’ site visits have been piloted in the network since 2013 in order to enable a productive bi-lateral transfer of professional experience in the field of music training, orchestra management, and audience development.

The project has been continued within the cooperation project MusXchange 2015–17 to create a well-rounded learning and exchange experience between EFNYO managers, and to enhance the quality of collaboration between project partners. The sub-strand involves site visits of 3-4 days of duration of around 10 managers over the project’s duration. The senior/junior managers participating in this scheme are sent by OFJ/France, OGI/Italy, CYO/Moldova, NNYO/Norway, JOA/France, NJO/Netherlands, and NYOS/Scotland.

MusXchange bilateral chamber music projects

This new bilateral chamber music format created within MusXchange 2015-17 is based on the collaboration of two project partners who organise chamber music activities and concert performances in both countries involved. The scheme is supplemented with workshops on intercultural dialogue, music interpretation, and communicating music to local audiences. Four pilot projects were planned to take place at various venues in Austria – Romania, France, Scotland – Netherlands, and Italy – Portugal in 2015 and 2016. The objectives were to create awareness for the different backgrounds of the two countries’ musical history and differences in music education, to encounter the classic, traditional and contemporary music repertoire of both countries, to deal with different rehearsal and performance practices, and to engage with various audiences at local level.

Bilateral chamber music projects are composed of musicians of both countries, and performed in various settings. They should provide a new experience for musicians to adapt and integrate within a very short period under the guidance of experienced tutors. The format should have a distinct feature on engaging with local audiences in innovative ways, through moderation of the concerts by musicians of both countries, by interacting with audiences which should include children, youth, disadvantaged persons, audiences with limited access to music performance, and concerts which should happen outside “usual” concert venues, i.e. in social centres, hospitals, schools, museums, shopping centres, open public spaces, etc.