Music For The Future
Juliana Gräfin Széchenyi-Smythe
Music For The Future, a social project charged with the superpower of music started on March 8th, one week after the Russian invasion in Ukraine started. Since the project started, we helped 142 musicians and their families, organising over 700 hours of rehearsals, 32 concerts, as well as several masterclasses with renowned professional musicians. The expenses during the first five months were 480.000,00€, which we gathered with donations from all over the world. In times of crisis, many professional musicians are not able to continue their careers and end up working “other” jobs. We want to create an environment in which professional musicians can pursue their careers, enhance their craft, earn their own income and have a work-life balance, a routine, that can give them some distraction from the crisis at home: The "Music For The Future Chamber Orchestra - Providing Residency for Those in Need", an annual project that evacuates professional musicians who are living in a country, anywhere in the world where crisis is occurring, and brings them to Ljubljana, Slovenia, giving them a one-year residency.
This residency provides musicians with humanitarian aid, accommodations, social security, education and helps them develop their career paths in a sheltered environment. Within the framework of the European Career Center for Artists, Triple Bridge, we will provide them with capacity building programmes, masterclasses, career enhancing workshops and vocational training programmes that are taught by internationally renowned professionals. Musicians will receive a range of tools and skills to advance their professional career and enrich their personal growth. On these platforms where the exchange of experience, knowledge, and expertise take place, we encourage everyone to stay curious and never stop learning.
The Career Center also provides all musicians a solid self-management foundation for them to manage their own careers, even when their chapter with the Music For The Future ends.