Birmingham City University

Cooperation Projects



Total project grant (euros)


Percentage of budget funded



Creative Europe



Call number

EACEA 32/2014

Project date

1 May 2015 - 31 Dec 2018

Number of partners in project


Lead organisation

Conseil international de la musique, France


Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini di Palermo, Italy;

Eesti Rahvusringhääling, Estonia;

European Music Council, Germany;

Narodowe Forum Muzyki, Poland;

BOZAR/Palais des Beaux-Arts, Belgium;

Polskie Radio, Poland;

Sveriges Radio, Sweden;

University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia;

Birmingham City University, UK

Rostrum+ is a project that aims to promote contemporary classical music and strengthen this sector in Europe and beyond. It will do so by exploring innovative strategies to develop audiences, promote new music, enhance the capacity and skills of radio professionals and inspire cooperation between musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and across the globe. The springboard for the project is the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC), an annual event uniting some 40 delegates of national broadcasting companies. Building upon this existing foundation, the project will introduce new activities that connect with other operators of the genre, the long-term goal being the expansion and durable growth/sustaining of the contemporary music sector in Europe and beyond. To this end, the International Music Council will partner with public radios, cultural venues, conservatoires and the European Music Council to bring the IRC out of its current boundaries. To achieve the objectives and address all of the target groups necessary for the action, the Rostrum+ project sets out a diverse set of activities, notably:

  • Listen: radio producers will listen, select and broadcast works by some 180 composers
  • Live!: student ensembles perform a series of 16 concerts in 5 countries
  • Commissions: 6 emerging composers will benefit from this career opportunity
  • Professional Development: activities enhancing the capacity of radio producers to deal with new challenges, explore possibilities and develop solutions
  • Lab: an unprecedented activity in which radio producers will be invited to experiment innovative approaches to present contemporary compositions to the public and allow them to interact with it
  • Student Development: academic training, live concerts and meetings with composers, professionals from radio and concert halls to develop a dynamic link with the musicians of tomorrow
  • Web: a dedicated website to maximize outreach and engagement.