Programme 2020

New Music Conference is the best meeting place for New Music professionals during November Music. Due to the latest additional emergency ordinances set up by the Dutch government, November Music – our host festival – had to cancel all their concerts to our regret, but this doesn’t mean that we cannot meet.

We have set up a complete and solely online conference programme. Online participation is free of charge, but we do ask for a registration in advance.

You can tune in for the New Music Conference on 11 and 12 November for exclusive on demand panels and enjoy a full online conference day on Friday 13 November.

  Please note: our time schedule is in Central European Time.


Let’s talk about money… Do you get what you are entitled to?

Buma presents three online presentations on Dutch copyright issues.
All presentations will be Dutch spoken. They have been pre-recorded in October 2020.
Each video will be followed by an online Q&A with the presenters.

Something old and something new: Buma in 2020

11 November 2020 | 14:00 - 14:50 Pre-recorded - Dutch spoken

At Buma we are ready to answer all questions on copyright and licensing that may arise. Our experience is that too many questions are nót asked – and this is something that music publishers notice as well. In general, composers young and old have an idea of the basic concepts that make up the foundation […]

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Collecting royalties – or not? Buma and grand rights

11 November 2020 | 15:00 - 15:50 Live online talk - Dutch spoken

Musical copyright is intended to protect composers and to ensure that they (or their representatives) are financially rewarded when their work is sold or performed. In this online talk with Buma’s Council of Members chair Rita Zipora, Hans Stekelenburg, Account Manager Customer Care at Buma, will explain the ins and outs of so-called grand rights […]

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All you ever wanted to know about Buma and Streaming

11 November 2020 | 16:00 - 16:50 Pre-recorded - Dutch spoken

Pandemic or not, when you are a composer or a performer – or both – you want to reach your audience. We don’t want to sound too dramatic, but what if (live)streaming is to be a main source of income in the near future? Are you prepared? Michiel Laan, Manager Online at Buma/Stemra, and artist […]

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Think big & cross borders with New Music

Two presentations about funding your international ambitions.

Performing Arts Fund NL: the guide to international funding and promotion

12 November 2020 | 15:00 - 16:00 Pre-recorded - English spoken

The Performing Arts Fund NL is the most important culture fund for music, music theatre, dance and theatre in the Netherlands. The fund provides support on behalf of the government to all forms of the professional performing arts. Artists and groups from the Netherlands can apply for a touring grant at the Performing Arts Fund. […]

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In this presentation, Vera Kuipers, Sr. Policy Officer Performing Arts at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, will explain how Dutch Culture USA is the liaison between Netherlands-based new music professionals and American presenters to help secure promotional and financial support for a variety of projects. To name a few recent examples: […]

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Sounds Now keynote

Pre-recorded - English spoken

On September 25, 2020 the European music festivals network Sounds Now held an online symposium. The subject at hand was “Curating Diversity in Europe – Decolonizing Contemporary”. The symposium was opened by a keynote from Du Yun (Professor of Composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and distinguished visiting professor at the Shanghai Conservatory […]

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New Music Conference 2020

Connect, get inspired and learn what is going on in the field of New Music.

Your conference host: Co de Kloet
New Music Conference will be presented and partially moderated both live and online by Co de Kloet.
Born in 1959, Co is a musician, composer, producer and radio personality. He is known in the trade as The Creative Catalyst. He works for Dutch Public Broadcaster NTR, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and he runs his own media-company called Zivasound. He just finished a book on his work and friendship with Frank Zappa. He lives with his wife and two children in Kortenhoef, Holland, a little village once described by a famous painter as the centre of the world.

Composers Dialogue: Richard Rijnvos & Enno Poppe

13 November 2020 | 10:30 - 11:15 Live online talk - English spoken

In the evening of November 13th, Ensemble Musikfabrik, led by composer and conductor Enno Poppe, was scheduled to play new work by Richard Rijnvos and by Poppe himself. In the morning, New Music Conference will kick off with a dialogue between Rijnvos and Poppe. Two passionate and controversial composers reflect on music and life in […]

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Publishing panel: The music publisher's incentive

13 November 2020 | 11:30 - 12:30 Live online talk - English spoken

Publishing is about distributing music to performers and administrating the royalties afterwards, right? Well, actually in this day and age that is just part of the music publisher’s job. We ask four music publishers to elaborate on the question: “In 2020, how will music publishers enable composers and artists to develop contemporary music?” Wiebke Busch […]

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Book Presentation: A small history of music from here and now

13 November 2020 | 12:45 - 13:15 Live online talk - Dutch spoken

This presentation will be Dutch spoken. Commissioned by MATRIX [Center for New Music], Mark Delaere, professor of Musicology at the KU Leuven, put together Een kleine muziekgeschiedenis van hier en nu. The book offers a handy introduction to the new aesthetic tendencies in classical music since 1950. It covers eight historical lines and as many […]

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Meet & Connect

13 November 2020 | 13:30 - 14:30 Online

The best official networking moments during New Music Conference are our Meet & Connect sessions, accessible for everyone attending the conference online, and curated with the utmost attention by the conference team. Composers, musicians, managers, label owners, media professionals, journalists and festival organisers meet for 12-minute, one-on-one talks in a dedicated online setting.You need to […]

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Where to now? New music in times of crisis

13 November 2020 | 14:30 - 15:30 Live online talk - English spoken

In 2020, the music world is fighting to survive. There is no doubt that music itself will prevail, but what will come from this year’s turbulence, musically, artistically? We bring together a varied panel that will exchange information and ideas on the state of the art from their respective backgrounds. In March 2020 NRC Handelsblad […]

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The programming of new Dutch composers and performers in the USA

13 November 2020 | 16:00 - 17:00 Live online talk - English spoken

In an online panel talk, three American programmers will exchange thoughts about their experiences with programming New Music on their various stages. How do they see the new work from the Netherlands, how do they select from the enormous range of music on offer, and what influence does 2020 have on their work and vision […]

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Closing keynote talk: a look at 2021 from a programmer’s perspective

13 November 2020 | 17:15 - 18:15 Live online talk - English spoken

New Music Conference’s live programme will sign off with a talk between three of the Netherlands’ most prominent and pioneering programmers. What do they take away from the most challenging year in their careers so far? How do they approach the near future and what choices do they make amidst the turmoil caused by the […]

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