5th International Béla Bartók piano competition, graz

November 14 – 19, 2017

From November 14  19, 2017 the Johann-Joseph-Fux Konservatorium in Graz will be hosting the 5th International Béla Bartók Piano Competition. 

The competition will be judged according to six different age categories. Participants must not be older than the age category in which they register. Therefore please keep in mind the deadline 1st of January 2017. The age group the participants register before the deadline determines the age category (AC) the candidates will perform in. Participants will be judged separately in each of the six age categories.

For more information, please visit: www.verwaltung.steiermark.at


January 17–20

Musicians and their labels/managements/agents are invited to apply for a live performance at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival 2018, which will take place from January 17–20 in Groningen (NL).

What is Eurosonic Noorderslag?
Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s largest showcase festival and the most important platform for the European live music industry.

What is ETEP?
A project to promote young talents from different genres. ETEP (European Talent Exchange Program) is based on the international cooperation of music export offices, festivals and radio stations of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). These select the most promising local newcomers (bands can also apply directly) to perform at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival. Over 300 bands gather each year in front of an audience of 42,000 visitors, 95 ETEP festival organizers, more than 400 international festivals, 37 EBU radio stations, more than 400 international journalists and 4,000 professionals (labels, bookers, publishers, etc.) of the European music industry.

With the participation of Austrian Music Export as project co-organizers of ETEP, the Austrian presence at this important conference and showcase platform of the European live music industry is guaranteed. At least 4 local bands will perform each year at the festival that sets the city of Groningen in the Netherlands into the spotlight of the European music scene for four days in January.

How can I apply?
All acts that want to perform at the festival must apply directly to Eurosonic Noorderslag before the 1st of September 2017.

The Austrian ETEP partners – Austrian Music Export, Radio FM4, the FM4 Frequency FestivalNova Rock Festival, the Szene Openair, and Waves Vienna Festival – will choose a collective Austrian submission to send to the Eurosonic program committee by the end of August. This is a guarantee for Eurosonic that these acts will be supported by all local partners. To be part of the selection for this Austrian submission, we will require:

Digital submission per e-mail to: 
Franz Hergovich: hergovich@musicaustria.at
Subject: "European Talent Exchange Program 2018"


  • Information material on the artists (including link to website)
  • Link to audio material (eg. Soundcloud, Dropbox etc.) and live recordings (eg. YouTube, Vimeo)
  • Press clips (if available)
  • Contact details
  • Information on the respective label, distribution, booking agency, management (if available) and international partners
  • Release and tour plans for the upcoming months

NOTE: Please do not attach files to the email – too many simultaneous submissions will overload the server!

Or per mail to:
Austrian Music Export
c/o mica – music austria
“European Talent Exchange Program 2017”
Stiftgasse 29
1070 Vienna


  • Information on the artists (including link to website)
  • Sound material (CD or LP)
  • Press clips (if available)
  • Contact details (including email address)
  • Information on the respective label, distribution, booking agency, management (if available) and international partners
  • Release and tour plans for the upcoming months

Deadline for submissions: June 19, 2017.

Franz Hergovich / Austrian Music Export
T +43(01)52104.51, F +43(01)52104.59, 


Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

17 July – 26 August 2017

The Summer Academy offers numerous grants, covering tuition fee to participate in one of its 18 courses. Application deadline for grants is 3 April 2017. Please upload your application here: http://www.summeracademy.at/Grants_94.html

"Why produce art?" is the motto of this year's International Summer Academy, which takes up a global perspective. The courses will be directed by renowned artists, curators and writers from all over the world, like Tony Chakar, Diana Campbell Betancourt or Andreas Lolis. There is a focus on painting this year, that highlights the diversity of this medium. Paulina Olowska uses painting as a tool for the future. Aisha Khalid teaches how traditional techniques such as miniature painting can be applied on contemporary pictorial worlds and subjects.

Teachers in 2017
Michael Beutler, Kimberly Bradley, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Tony Chakar, Distruktur – Melissa Dullius/Gustavo Jahn, Melissa Gordon, Valérie Jouve, Aisha Khalid, Andreas Lolis, Bernhard Martin, Till Megerle, Sabrina Möller/Sabine B. Vogel, Marc Monzó, Ruth Noack, Paulina Olowska, Lukas Pusch, Tex Rubinowitz, Mark Van Yetter

See detailed description of the courses and biographies of the teaching artists here: http://www.summeracademy.at/COURSES-2017_230.html

Regular application
All prospective participants must apply for acceptance. On the basis of the submitted dossier, the teachers select participants. The fees are between € 450.- and € 1,200.-, depending on the duration of the course. Students are entitled to a reduced fee. All applications received by 2 May 2017 will be treated equally. Later applications are welcome, and will be processed in the order received, according to vacancies in the courses.
More information: http://www.summeracademy.at/Application_136.html

T +43 662 842113

24th International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschach, Austria

September 2 - 10, 2017

The International Johannes Brahms Competition at Pörtschach is now in its twenty-fourth year. It is scheduled from September 2nd until September 10th and open for the categories piano, violin, viola, cello and lied. Chamber music will be offered again in 2018. On September 10th the final concert for all prize winners will be held. Without participating in the final concert no prize can be awarded!

For the first time ever, this year we will have orchestra finals for four categories: piano, violin, viola and cello.

There is no age limit for the participants. Pianists,string players, singers and chamber musicians from any country who have reached international competition standard are welcome.

All performances shall be open to the public. Furthermore, the jury assessment shall be made public and each adjucator shall submit his evaluation with his name immediately after each competitor's performance, showing the points awarded on a score-sign. Points from 0-6, to one decimal, shall be awarded separately for technical mastery of the instrument and for artistic expression, and then be added together. The candidates can see the score immediately after their performance.

Registrations for the competition are possible from March 2017 until July 1, 2017

Online Registration
Please click here to start the online registration:

For more information, please visit | http://2017.brahmscompetition.org/?page_id=1&lang=en

Call for Applications for the Artist-in-Residence-Programme 2017

In co‐operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Austria (Vienna and Salzburg) for the year 2017. The residency is designed to offer an opportunity to familiarise oneself with the Austrian art scene and cultural environment and to make contact with Austrian artists. Residents are expected to complete a project during their stay. This call is open to artists whose permanent place of residence is outside of Austria and who have completed their training. Austrian citizens cannot apply for this programme. A working knowledge of German or English is required. The age limit for applicants is 40 years, i.e. the applicants’ date of birth has to be after 31 December 1976. If an application is submitted by a duo at least one of the artists has to be under the age of 40.

Applications can be submitted for only one of the following disciplines:

  • Visual arts
  • Art photography
  • Video and media art
  • Arts & Science & Technology
  • Composition
  • Literature
  • Literature for children and young people
  • Literary translation
  • Cultural education 

Sector-specific information and the required application form are available on the website of the Austrian Federal Chancellery www.kunstkultur.bka.gv.at and on the website of KulturKontakt Austria www.kulturkontakt.or.at.


    Did you know that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe? Speaking and understanding German is an essential competitive advantage, in your job and also in your private life. Why not learn German in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: in Salzburg at ISK. ISK is an examination center for the “Austrian Language Diploma - German” which is also recognized in Germany and Switzerland. Benefit from highly qualified teachers, all of them being university graduates in German and foreign languages, holding a teacher’s certificate for secondary general and vocational education plus an additional qualification in teaching "German as a foreign language". The ISK directs its courses toward all students of German as a Foreign Language: International firms, ministries and embassies and also school pupils, students, and postgraduates. The various courses offered include: Reading comprehension and writing, listening comprehension and speaking (also considering vocational priorities), regular evaluation of your learning progress, accommodation in host families, and excursions to companies or for getting to know Salzburg.

    From July, 3rd until July, 21st, 2017 and from July, 24th until August, 11th, 2017 the ISK also organizes three-week international summer courses in the historical city of Salzburg. These courses aim to improve your german languages skills during the summer months.

    For more information, please visit www.deutschkurse-salzburg.com

    International Language Testing (ISK)

    Throughout the year ISK make learning a new language, no matter your level, available. From A1 (beginner) to C2 (master) there is something for everyone. The German courses are based on intensive training for a professional setting, and will enable you to become more inter-connected with politics, culture, law and medicine. Since 1948, summer classes (July and August) are also available. The basic model includes a small group setting from level A1 to C2. Additional models, such as private classes, host family living, excursions and language diploma courses, are also available. When signing up for a course, remember to clearly state that you have become aware of ISK through the Austrian Cultural Forum DC and get 20% off the basic model!

    For more information, please visit www.deutschkurse-salzburg.com      

    Online Classical music academy vienna

    Vienna Virtuoso is a new online conservatory for classical music. This new website already launched their Piano Lessons program and Audition Preparation program. Their vision is to provide the same high-quality music education in every part of the World that students in Vienna's best conservatories receive.  Vienna Virtuoso offers an innovative online video technique called "Focus Lessons" through our technology for about €13 per lesson.  This is combined with a groundbreaking contest system where the best learners advance to world famous virtuoso tutors every six months. All online.

    To celebrate their launch they are offering a 50% discount on all gift certificates on piano and audition services for 50 days. That means that Certified Lessons from Vienna's Official Online Piano Academy will be offered for €6 per lesson for a limited time.
    Deutsch: www.viennavirtuoso.com         
    English: www.viennavirtuoso.com     

    In addition, they built an online "Vienna Virtuoso Campus" that allows students from all around the world to rate each other's practices, share sheet music and transcriptions, and earn points to win prizes such as concert performances and free tutoring with our world-class Vienna tutors and special guest celebrities. It also is a tool for Music teachers to monitor their students' practices and make group lessons easier. This practice campus is FREE for everyone in the World as a Gift of Music Education from Vienna. This websites technology works in 100 languages and can be implemented on a country-by-country and language-specific basis depending on funding.

    For more information, please visit www.viennavirtuoso.com

    ActiLingua Academy – THE German language school in Vienna!

    This modern language school is situated in beautiful Vienna and is with more than 20 years of experience one of the leading schools for German as a foreign language. The varied course programme is recognized worldwide and recommended by international educational consultants.
    ActiLingua Academy – the right choice for learning German in Vienna!

    For more information, please visit www.actilingua.com  

    Artist mobility - Guide for foreign artists

    The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK) has put together a guide for artists and organizers of cultural events that contains information about visas, residence permits and labor market law provisions in Austria.

    For more information, please visit www.artist-mobility.at  

    UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Program

    The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Program promotes the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to develop their creative project, enabling them to engage in a cultural diversity dialogue. The Programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide. UNESCO-Aschberg advocates and promotes creativity, highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures. The calls are open to creative writers, musicians and visual artists.

    For more information and current open calls, please visit www.unesco.org  

    IFK Akademie - International Research Center for Cultural Studies at the University for Arts and Design Linz

    The International Research Center for cultural Studies at the University for Arts and Design Linz offers fellowships for excellent scholars in various fields.

    For more information on the programs and current open calls, please visit www.ifk.ac.at                  

    Grants and stipends for non-Austrians

    www.grants.at is the Austrian database for Scholarships and Research Grants.It contains information on application conditions, duration, quotas and benefits for each grant in German and English, including grants for international students, graduates and researchers in Austria, prizes and practical training courses all over the world and national grants and universities' individual grants. The website is an initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF) and the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD).

    For more information, please visit www.grants.at


    InterNations is the largest international online social network exclusively for people living and working abroad. As a network of trust, InterNations is a place where its members can interact with other internationally-minded individuals sharing the same situation abroad, similar interests, and needs. The local community in Washington, D.C. comprises more than 3000 members from about 150 different national backgrounds including a large German-speaking group. Regular events and get-togethers are hosted and organized by the Local Ambassadors, who are expats themselves and take special care of anyone new to Washington.

    For more information, please visit www.internations.org

    Studying in Austria

    It is an important choice to go to a foreign country and to study there. In order to help you with your decision and to give you access to important information, the Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OeAD) has compiled guides, leaflets and folders containing up-to-date information. The brochures provide the most important facts to help you get started with your studies in Austria and gives information on administrative procedures and requirements as well as practical information concerning accomodation and healthcare.

    For more information, please visit www.oead.at  

    World of the Habsburgs

    Like no other dynasty, the Habsburgs determined the fate of Austria and the whole of Europe. The virtual exhibition "The World of the Habsburgs" is the product of an initiative by the Austrian federal government in 2007 and 2008 and was created by a team of historians of the University of vienna as a tool for communication and interaction. This online exhibtion comprises more than 1000 visual representations and keeps expanding. It serves as an introduction to the topic and can also be used as a tool for schoolchildren, students and scholars.

    For more information, please visit www.habsburger.net  


    This online encyclopedia about Austria includes over 40.000 texts and over 60.000 pictures about Austria. The homepage is devided in three parts: an alphabetic lexicon, a collection of specific Austrian terms and pictures and a community part. (German only)

    For more information, please visit www.austria-lexikon.at  

    Ariadne Press - Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture and Thought

    Ariadne Press is a publishing house that wants to spread the image of Austrian literature and its ideas to a wider audience and make it availabe to English-speaking readers. Ariadne Press specializes in translations of established and new authors as well as scholarly works.

    For more information, please visit www.ariadnebooks.com


    exil.arte is a non-profit organization and serves as a contact point for the reception, research and preservation of Austrian composers, performers, musical scholars and thinkers who were persecuted or oppressed during the time of the Nazi regime.
    For more information, please visit www.exilarte.at  

    Goethe-Institut New York Library

    The Library of the Goethe-Institut in New York is one of the few German-language lending libraries and comprises about 7000 volumes including books, audio material, newspapers, CDs, DVDs and magazines. The library is open to the public and in-house use of the materials is free of charge. Members also have the opportunity of long-distance loans.
    For more information, please visit www.goethe.de

    Austrian Department for Culture and Speech

    News of the Austrian Department for Culture and Speech on teaching and learning German for children in schools all over the world.

    For more information, please visit www.kulturundsprache.at

    SOS Children´s Villages from 1949 to Present - Austrian Roots, Global Impact

    The SOS Children's Villages organization was founded in 1949 by the Austrian child welfare worker Hermann Gmeiner and has helped provide a home, medical care and vocational training to over 1 million beneficiaries in 132 countries.
    For more information, please visit www.sos-usa.org