Call for Participation: Writing Workshop 2016 For the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016

November 16, 2015 in All Opportunities, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside

For the fourth time the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016 will be offering a Writing Workshop. Although the concept of the project has been revisited and adapted every time, its core is still the same: focused support and concentrated training for young journalists in the field of contemporary music. The success of this format also shows its need – since 2010, applications have tripled and the quality of applications has increased at the same time.
After a successful test in 2014 the Writing Workshop 2016 will again be offered bilingual in German and English. We are delighted to have two very well known UK publicists on board: Anne Hilde Neset and Peter Meanwell, who will share the two project weeks. The German-speaking part will be directed by Stefan Fricke who has worked for the Writing Workshop since the very beginning and has played a key role in emerging the format. In the 2016 edition – again with the active support by Eberhard Bätza who will supervise the „temporary studio“ – an even stronger emphasis is given on the media broadcasting, web and blogging.
Application deadline for the Writing Workshop is 1st March 2016, please see the PDF “Call Writing Workshop” for details.

within the 48th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt
Period: 29 July to 14 August 2016
Course direction: Anne Hilde Neset and Peter Meanwell (EN – one week each),
Stefan Fricke (DE)
Audio production: Eberhard Bätza
Course contents (in two languages; DE/EN):
– Practice-oriented lectures and coaching
– Lecturers from different fields of contemporary music
– Interviews with composers and musicians
– Overview of the job profile of a new music journalist
– Overview of contemporary music genres
– Creation of own contributions (print, radio, on-line)
– Insight into different media with main focus on feature writing and art radio
– Curation of the Darmstadt Summer Course Blog
– Media cooperation with Darmstädter Echo and British Broadcasting
Company (BBC) with the chance to publish texts/features
Participants should
– study or have studied musicology or music
– have a thorough knowledge of the music history after 1945
– already have written and and, ideally, published texts about new music
– want to write about music at a professional level
– have an understanding of ideas relating to ‘Music criticism‘, ‘Culture in the
media‘ and ‘Music and language‘
Applications, with the following documents, should be submitted by 1st March 2016:
Curriculum vitae; 2 text samples and/or a recommendation from a university tutor; a
short statement as to why you would like to take part in the Writing Workshop.
The number of participants is limited. The course directors are responsible for the
selection. Selected applicants must officially register as participants of the
48th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt.
Fees and conditions:
The participants of the Writing Workshop will receive a form by which the recognition of
the project can be organised individually at their home university already in advance.
Please send in application documents in electronic form to: