On April 19, 2017 the University of Maastricht, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the South Netherlands Philharmonic officially launched the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM). The initiative for the MCICM was taken by Stefan Rosu, intendant of the South Netherlands Philharmonic. The Centre is a worldwide unique initiative. The MCICM collect relevant existing research and that encourages academics and musicians to join forces and pass on musical heritage in the twenty-first century. ‘With MCICM, Maastricht has been given a unique centre that offers new opportunities for reinvigorating classical music practice,’ says Rosu.

Photo signing MCICM contract 2017

Photo: Signing of the foundation charter by (Stefan Rosu, Martin Paul, Leo Swinkles, Ger Koopmans en Mieke Damsma – from left to right)

The MCICM will be attached to the Faculty of Arts and Culture at the University of Maastricht. It shall be led by a professor with the support of a research team. The search for the professor is currently in preparation and the search profile will be published on this blog. An international advisory board consisting of academics, artists and music-managers will also be attached to the MCICM.

Academic and Artistic Research

The MCICM will conduct interdisciplinary research on such themes as cultural participation, the influence of digital technologies on symphonies and the co-occurrence of preservation and application of sounding heritage. In this way, the centre will contribute to two research programmes within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that focus on the role of science and technology in social innovations and on the significance of art, literature and media in cultural reproduction processes. In addition, the new centre will also contribute to research on art and heritage conducted at the interfaculty Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH)

The SNP as a laboratory

The South Netherlands Philharmonic serves as a symphonic laboratory for MCICM. The orchestra will appoint a working group consisting of musicians and staff members to support the MCICM. The orchestra will also produce and implement the projects that arise from the MCICM collaboration. All of the orchestra’s talents and resources are available for use. The goal, according to Stefan Rosu, is “to make open innovation possible and develop new business models for the symphony in collaboration with researchers.”


Photo: Foundation Charter signed by the three partners

The MCICM is set up as a long term activity. Funding for the first 4 years of it’s existence are secured through the financial engagement of the founding partners. It is further made possible through an investment of EUR 400.000 by the province of Limburg, as well as an investment by the City of Maastricht. Also will the project ‘Artful Participation‘ – I wrote about the project earlier in this blog –  become part of the MCICM’s activities.

You find the full press release in Englisch here.

Read also my comment here.

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