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Advancing a sustainable future for the performing arts + media sector
IMZ ACADEMY INITIATIVE
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AEC ANNUAL CONGRESS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY Building Bridges: Artists as Makers in Society
3-6 November 2021 Antwerp, Belgium + online The IMZ Academy is a master class series for young and established professionals in audiovisual music + dance production. Highly practical workshops and interactive seminars facilitate intensive exchange between renowned experts and talented practitioners. Covering topics reach from performance capture and innovative technologies to audience development and digital strategies in the digital world. The IMZ Academy aims at developing innovative, industry-specific know-how and establishing sustainable, interdisciplinary networks for participants + institutions from around the globe. Since the IMZ Academy is committed to delivering hands-on experiences + applicable input, expert speakers share their professional insights using real-life examples and specific challenges. The goal is to further empower the cultural sector with interdisciplinary collaborations and sustainable international networks.
While an IMZ Academy is an immersive, interactive workshop usually with a duration of two days, an IMZ Academy Session is a shorter training unit in cooperation with another institution or event in order to foster synergies + connectivity. The year 2021 was very multifaceted, with one IMZ Flying Academy Pilot and two IMZ Academy Sessions. On top, representatives from the IMZ Network participated in the Annual Congress and General Assembly of the AEC Association Européenne des Conservatoires and presented the results of the IMZ Flying Academy 2021.
IMZ ACADEMY SESSIONS 2021
IMZ ACADEMY SESSION AT KARAJAN MUSIC TECH “IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? RADICAL NEW WAYS TO REACH AUDIENCES IN THE PERFORMING ARTS”
This online IMZ Academy Session at Karajan Music Tech explored innovative projects on how to connect with audiences and looked at three very different creative and technical case studies on reaching + connecting with audiences: Hope@Home by Arte, a digital portfolio by Opera North, and FEDORA Digital Prize 2020 Winner “Laila”. By merging Professionalisation, Audience Development + Innovation, the panel discussed the core themes of the industry and the IMZ. Thanks to all expert speakers and to Matthias Röder + the Karajan Institute Team for the cooperation and for working closely together for the 4th year in a row on exchanging + finding synergies.
IMZ ACADEMY EXPERT SESSION 2021 “INNOVATING THE FUTURE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC TV”
The focus of this IMZ Academy Expert Session during the Golden Prague Festival was sharing key topics + opinions on the future of classical music within public-service broadcasters’ content strategies. As public-service broadcasters across Europe are redesigning their content slates to appeal to the full cross-session of the societies they serve, classical music can find itself marginalised, as more popular, contemporary genres allow broadcasters to reach wider audiences more effectively. 6 expert speakers offered insights into how broadcasters + producers can innovate by presenting classical music in new ways to reach new audiences.
IMZ ACADEMY SESSION 2021 “IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? RADICAL NEW WAYS TO REACH AUDIENCES IN THE PERFORMING ARTS”
25 March 2021 Karajan Music Tech Conference, online
Peter Maniura, IMZ Academy Director (UK) Kay Meseberg, ARTE (DE)
David Collins / Dominic Gray, Opera North (UK) Daniel Hope, Violist (UK)
Annastina Haapasaari / Lili Paasikivi,
Finnish National Opera + Ballet (FI) Stefan Mathieu, Kobalt Productions (DE)
IMZ ACADEMY EXPERT SESSION “EBU-IMZ PANEL INNOVATING THE FUTURE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC TV”
24 September 2021 Golden Prague Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic + online
Katharina Jeschke, IMZ International Music + Media Centre (AT) Matthew Trustram, European Broadcasters Union (H)
Nicolas Aboyneau, France Télévisions (FR) Wolfgang Bergmann, ARTE (DE) Arild Erikstad, NRK (NO) Miranda Harmer, Association of European Conservatoires (UK) Laetitia Huberti, RTBF (BE) Peter Sellars, Opera, Theatre + Festival director (US)
IMZ FLYING ACADEMY 2021
IMZ FLYING ACADEMY PILOT 2021 “FOSTERING DIGITAL CRATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN THE PERFORMING ARTS”
1-2 June 2021 online
Peter Maniura, IMZ Academy Director (UK)
EXPERTS Annastina Haapasaari / Lilli Paasikivi,
Finnish National Opera + Ballet (FI) Miranda Harmer, Association of European Conservatoires (UK) Kay Meseberg, ARTE (DE) Yury Revich, Violinist (AT)
Royal Conservatoire of The Hague Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
IMZ FLYING ACADEMY PILOT “FOSTERING DIGITAL CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN THE PERFORMING ARTS”
In June, the first internal pilot for the IMZ Flying Academy supported by the AEC Association Européenne des Conservatoires took place online. 12 students from the Koninklijk Conservatorium / Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama together with 5 performing arts + media experts discussed digitalisation in performing arts, conducted workshops on their own projects, and finally pitched them to the experts in speed dating sessions. This allowed the development of individual projects in an informal environment. The outcome showed great potential, leading to extending the programme in the upcoming years: with its body of experience and contacts, the IMZ Flying Academy will train conservatoires + arts universities to incorporate digitalisation into their syllabus. Goal is to prepare students effectively for the challenges + opportunities presented by the digital world. This will happen by offering a bespoke programme from which conservatories and universities can choose according to their needs, schedule, and budgets, with support of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires.
The IMZ wants to thank all motivated students as well as all experts for their valuable insight into the latest developments in the field and their constructive feedback! We are already excited to continue the project in the coming years!
ONE-ON-ONE EXPERT SESSIONS
Committed to opening new avenues + possibilities for its members + the performing arts film community, the IMZ regularly organises exclusive pitching opportunities. These sessions foster the development of music + dance film projects, facilitate business endeavours and promote young talent. In a speed dating format, emerging + established talents can pitch their projects to senior executives from major broadcasting companies and leading figures in the music + film industry.
ONE-ON-ONE EXPERT SESSIONS AT AVANT PREMIÈRE 2021
For the 7th time in a row, Avant Première Music + Media Market 2021 offered the One-onOne Expert Sessions as a unique combination of knowledge transfer + business opportunity, this time online. The participants were invited to book 10 minute time slots and to share their ideas with experts of their choice. 31 experts from a broad range of broadcasting companies to streaming platforms offered participants in 160 One-on-One Expert Sessions to pitch their projects and receive feedback on the spot.
We are happy to see the format being so well received and therefore expanding every year!
EXPERTS AT THE ONE-ON-ONE EXPERT SESSIONS AT AVANT PREMIÈRE
15-17 February 2021 online
Natalia Amarante Furtado, Canal Curta (BR) Nicolas Auboyneau, France Télévision (FR) Krishan Arora, SBS Television (AU) Arild Erikstad, NRK (NO) Lenka Broučková, Česká televize (CZ) Ditte Feuk, SVT Drama (SE) Tripp Hornick, Stage Access Inc. (UK) Gunny Hyoung, EBS Korea (KR) Marc Kirschner, Marquee.TV (FR) Ulrike Köstinger, Operabase (UK) Marcelo Lezama, AMC International – Latin America (AR) Bill O’Donnel, THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET (US) Jack Oliver, Sky (UK) Roberto Pisoni, Sky Arte HD, Sky Italy (IT) Dieter Schneider, ZDF/ARTE (DE) Martin Traxl, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk (AT)
PRODUCERS + DISTRIBUTORS:
Ben Batson, BBC (UK) Christian Beetz, beetz brothers film productions (DE) Ernst Buchrucker, Unitel (DE) Elmar Kruse, C Major Entertainment (DE) Aline Marrache, Universal Music France (FR) Erwin Stürzer, Naxos Audiovisual Division (DE) Peter Worsley, Mercury Studios (UK) Claus Wischmann, sounding images (DE)