• ICAN © Sarah Hickson
  • ICAN © Sarah Hickson
  • ICAN © Sarah Hickson

International Community Artist Network

Young conductors, composers, choral conductors, stage directors and music educators from Germany, the UK and France were invited to apply for the International Community Arts Academy, taking place from 19 June until 9 July 2015 within the framework of the Monster in the Maze project run by the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Festival d’Aix.

The Monster in the Maze creative teams were accompanied in each of the three countries by the participants of the International Community Arts Academy.

Fifteen young artists were selected for the Academy.

Photos © Sarah Hickson

Brief overview

  • The International Community Arts Academy started in Berlin with an Opening Forum. The forum was designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge to observe and analyse the practice they would see in final rehearsals and performances.
  • The participants were required to think about the problems, challenges and potential within the development of participatory music productions; identifying barriers and thinking about strategies and structures to overcome them.
  • They were required to assess their own skills in relation to the demands of the work and the value placed on participatory music making, and explore the heritage and cultural relevance of the work.
  • The artists travelled to each partner venue to join discussions and participate in conferences surrounding the performances and observe the final rehearsals for each production and the performances.
  • There were unique opportunities to discuss the process with key artists working on the production, as well as each organisation’s Managing Director.
  • The Academy provided an excellent opportunity to develop the skills and capacity to deliver high quality music productions, increase their own network with leading practitioners and with European cultural organisations producing this work.
  • The artists participated in a conference in London on Sunday 5 July 2015, which explored the perceptions and the processes of producing performances of participatory repertoire within professional arts organisations.
  • The International Community Arts Academy ended with a conference in Aix-en-Provence on 8 & 9 July 2015, in which the artists formed a panel for one of the sessions in the conference to report on their experiences and learning.


At the end of the Academy the artists produced a manifesto.