Emerging Professionals: Internationalisation of music Careers

The project provides emerging musicians with invaluable skills and professional experience that complement their formal training, and can help them boost their career at the international level.

The vision of the EPIC project is to:

  • Prove the value and impact of auditioned youth music ensembles for the professionalisation and internationalisation of careers
  • Improve the training of emerging professional
  • Foster the creation of new ensembles across Europe
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EP:IC will test and validate new approaches that could be eventually disseminated and implemented at a larger scale, to benefit the mobility of artists in Europe over a generation.

This project is supported by an action plan articulating five main lines:

  • A data collection, mapping the career path of former members of auditioned youth ensembles (orchestras and choirs)
  • An involvement of the EuroChoir and the World Youth Choir as laboratories for providing new skills through capacity building, active networking with stakeholders and with peers
  • The networking of existing and potential National Youth Choirs’ organisers, to exchange best practices and cooperation opportunities. We’ll set up specific ateliers gathering the singers themselves in an international context
  • Online capacity building sessions for emerging artists
  • Dissemination of the results along events gathering relevant stakeholders.

Collective music making is a powerful tool to bring people and nations together.

As Europeans, we have a duty to foster the circulation of the next generation of artists in a sustainable, systemic way.

The EP:IC project is a first milestone along this promising path.

Activities planned


The project runs from 1 November 2019 to 31 December 2021.

You will find below a simplified timeline of the activities foreseen.

November 2019Project meetingSlovenia
April/May 2020Online capacity building on professionalisationIreland
July/August 2020EuroChoir sessionIreland
July August 2020BTHVN 2020: Rehearsal session and first Concert
of the World Youth Choir and German Federal
Youth Orchestra (Bundesjugendorchester)
November 2020Marketplace meeting with decision makersIreland
November 2020Project meeting 2Ireland
April/May 2021Round Table of National Youth ChoirsOnline
June 2021Online capacity building on professionalisationOnline
July 2021JM Global ConferenceSwitzerland
July 2021EuroChoir in SwitzerlandSwitzerland
July 2021EuroChoir in EUROPA CANTAT festivalSlovenia
July 2021EUROPA CANTAT: Ateliers for the National Youth ChoirsSlovenia
July 2021EUROPA CANTAT: Conductors and Composers
July 2021EUROPA CANTAT: Marketplace and presentation
of first results of data collection
July 2021EUROPA CANTAT: Round Table of National Youth
November 2021EUROPA CANTAT: Project meeting 3Lithuania
Autumn 2021ConferenceOnline