Contrary to the notorious moaning, classical music is not shaken by a crisis, but is experiencing an enormous upswing: There have never been so many concerts, concert halls and festivals like there are today. What instead is in crisis is the music critique. Instead of flourishing and growing along with the overall musical business, is suffering severely. The profession of music critics, once an institution, is no longer a career that guarantees a living.
Music and music life, however, need critical reflection – for their own benefit and for the benefit of the audience. In 2015 we therefore inaugurated the Festival Academy for Music Journalism: Young journalists have the opportunity to fully develop their own criticism – in close contact with the musical practice, the artists and the audience.
Under the direction of Eleonore Büning (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and several mentors the scholarship holders explore different forms of music journalism.
Thanks to a cooperation with the magazine RONDO the young journalists have the opportunity to take first steps towards a professional music journalism of the digital future, by contributing to the new online platform of the magazine, niusic.de.