FAQS: How Will I Find A Manager?

This is probably the question which is on the mind of a lot of you. From a recent study we learned that only 1% of all professional musicians actually have management - the main conclusion to be drawn from that, you are in the driver seat for your career and in charge of the support group you build around you. That group may or may not include a manager. In any case the key is to get noticed - of course by your profund music making but as well from sticking out of the crowd. This is a whole discussion in itself and there is no recipe to follow, it is different for everybody.

But in case you are up to 26 years old this might be a perfect way to end up with some of the best mangers which are around for young artists! (my spy tells me if you are a singer, you can be slightly older, or in case of being an instrumentalist, if you are 27 and feel that this is absolutely the right thing for you, you can still give it a shot as well!).

You probably saw the call for artists on the Orange Board that YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS in New York posted and I can only encourage you to have a good look at it! Do send in your application before May 22nd! That is only the deadline for Europe, the one for the auditions in America is in August.

The concept of being able to audition for a management specializing in young artists is quite unique and there are only a few organizations which offer that - it is very different from any competition where you might get representation amongst your other prizes (which too is wonderful!). Winners of the Auditions are selected by a Jury of distinguished musicians. The sole criteria are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, and individuality. You compete against a standard of excellence – not each other. And they really have a track record of picking some amazing talents - here is my little list of favorites from their most impressive roster since 1961:

Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Douglas Boyd, Dawn Upshaw, Olli Mustonen, Alban Gerhardt, Fazil Say, Karen Gomyo, Viviane Hagner, Antoine Tamestit, Lise de la Salle, Ray Chen, Benjamin Beilman, Julia Bullock .

You would surely be in very good company!

First Prize Winners are awarded debut recitals in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston; as well as concert engagements throughout the United States … and on top you get to work with the most amazing people who will watch out for you, encourange you and find opportunities for you to perform and grow by taking care of your artists management for three or more years all complete with publicity and individual career guidance! (above you have a photo of Monica Felkel, Director of Artist management together with Erol Gurol, Programm manager).

European auditions will take place in Leipzig and upon winning those you will be provided with a round-trip flight to NYC plus housing while you are there to take part int he final rounds in NYC in November.

Go to their website to check the details on how to apply, the exact dates etc. : http://www.yca.org/auditions/

When in doubt or if you have a question I am sure they are happy to help - you can reach Erol Gurol on auditions@yca.org

toi toi toi to all of you who will apply - share the #classicalbuzz in Leipzig and beyond with us!!
Bettina Mehne manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE. She toured Orchestras around the world, worked for London and Germany based Managements, took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as their Artistic Manager and headed the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne
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Eva Rydén - 2015-05-26 15:29
Dear Bettina, I am not 26 but still young in voice and my self ;-), I am a dramatic soprano from Sweden with a large vocal range and repertoire. My voice is maybe best for Wagner, Verdi and Puccini but also for Oratoius and Songs/Lieder. You can listening to me (all live) by youtube: www.youtube.com/user/EvaRydenI sing oft with large orchestras, and love to work. I am open for suggestians if you know anywhere there I could sing. I speek and write also german. /Eva Rydén
Bettina Mehne - 2015-05-27 08:37
Dear Eva, I have sent you a PM on HELLO STAGE!
Bettina Mehne - 2015-05-27 08:38
my spys tell me their deadline might have been extended - so keep applying!
Bettina Mehne - 2015-06-02 16:58
and here is another amazing update:
Bettina Mehne - 2015-06-17 10:37
they did it again!!! YCA looks after Andrew Tyson (your fellow HELLO STAGEr) who not only just won 1st prize at the Concours Géza Anda but also claimed the Mozart and the audience prize! Congratulations from all of us, Andrew!!!
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