Ambitioniertes Vorhaben geplant, aber kein Geld zur Verfügung? Ob Konzert oder CD-Produktion, Festival oder die Umsetzung eines Orchester-Projekts: für all dies braucht es ein gewisses Kapital, das auch mit großer Eigeninitiative oftmals nicht ohne weiteres zu beschaffen ist. Vor allem gemeinnützige Vereine sind in den meisten Fällen auf Fördergelder und Zuschüsse angewiesen, die mit viel Bürokratie einhergehen und ein gewisses Maß an Geduld und Hartnäckigkeit voraussetzen.

Besonders beliebt ist deshalb mittlerweile auch in der klassischen Musikbranche das sogenannte Crowdfunding, bei dem viele Menschen über die sozialen Medien angesprochen werden und finanziell dazu beitragen können, dass ein Projekt verwirklicht werden kann. Das Prinzip ist simpel: die Personen hinter dem Projekt setzen eine Laufzeit und eine finanzielle Summe fest, die erreicht werden soll und veröffentlichen einen Aufruf mit einer Beschreibung ihres Vorhabens in Form von Texten, Bildern oder Videos auf einer der mittlerweile zahlreichen Crowdfunding-Plattformen im Netz.

Die Kampagne kann über Facebook, Twitter und Co. geteilt werden und damit Familie und Freunde, Bekannte und Kulturliebhaber aktivieren, dem Projekt zur Realisierung zu verhelfen. Als Dankeschön und Gegenleistung für die Unterstützer gibt es beispielsweise kostenlose Konzertbesuche, CD-Geschenke oder Probenbesuche.

Wie eine solche Crowdfunding-Aktion als fertiges Produkt aussehen kann, zeigt die aktuelle Kampagne der Jungen Sinfonie Berlin, ein Orchester bestehend aus Musikstudenten und passionierten Laienmusikern, das für die Durchführung der alljährlich stattfindenden Probenphase mit anschließendem Konzert in der Philharmonie Berlin auf die Unterstützung vieler Musikbegeisterter hofft. Eine Summe von 630 € wurde bisher erreicht, bis zum 02. September sollen es 4000 € werden.

(Written on August 18, 2016 )

Lust auf neue Herausforderungen und Spaß an der Arbeit? Dann jetzt bewerben für ein Praktikum im WildKat Berlin Büro!

WildKat PR ist eine dynamisch und äußerst innovativ arbeitende PR-Agentur mit Sitzen in London, Berlin und New York, die auf die Betreuung von Künstlern, Orchestern, Labels und Institutionen der klassischen und zeitgenössischen Musikszene spezialisiert ist. Unser Servicespektrum umfasst unter anderem PR-Betreuung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing, Social Media, künstlerische Beratung und Event-Management. Wir sind ein junges, exzellent vernetztes und musikbegeistertes Team. Für unsere Kunden entwickeln wir individuelle Kampagnen und stehen für eine stets maßgeschneiderte und zukunftsorientierte PR-Betreuung.

Wir suchen ab dem 7. Oktober 2016 eine Praktikantin/einen Praktikanten zur Unterstützung der Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Konzertorganisation am Standort Berlin. Du assistierst den Account Managern bei der Entwicklung und Umsetzung kreativer PR-Kampagnen und reibungsloser Konzertabläufe für Kunden aus der klassischen wie zeitgenössischen Musik. Du solltest daher eine große Begeisterung für Kultur, klassische Musik und die darstellenden Künste mitbringen, Spaß an kreativen Herausforderungen haben und strukturiert arbeiten können. Eine Affinität zu Online-Medien ist ebenfalls wünschenswert.

Was wir bieten: 
– Selbstständige Arbeit in einem kleinen agilen Team bis hin zur Übernahme von einzelnen kleinen Projekten
– Tägliche Zusammenarbeit und Austausch mit dem Londoner Büro
– Besuch von Kundenkonzerten und –Veranstaltungen
– Miterleben des Agenturalltags und detaillierte Einblicke in Abläufe, Projekte etc.
– Entspannte und kollegiale Atmosphäre im Büro
– Einblick und Übernahme von Social Media Accounts
– Möglichkeit, sich kreativ einzubringen und seine Ideen umzusetzen
– Einblick in die internationale Presselandschaft
– Ein wöchentlicher Obstkorb und viel Spaß bei der Arbeit 🙂

Deine Aufgaben:
– Assistenz bei der Umsetzung internationaler PR-Kampagnen
– Pflege des Agentur-Blogs und der Social Media Auftritte (u.a. Facebook und Twitter)
– Übernahme von Recherchenaufgaben
– Unterstützung bei der Erstellung von Pressetexten
– Instandhaltung der Kontaktdatenbank
– Unterstützung bei der effizienten Verbreitung von Pressematerialien
– Recherche und Reporting neuer Entwicklungen und Trends in den Bereichen Musikindustrie und Kultur
– Teilnahme an Kundenveranstaltungen während und außerhalb der Bürozeiten
– Assistenz täglicher Agenturabläufe des Berliner Büros

Was Du mitbringst:
– Sehr gute Kenntnisse und Begeisterung für klassische Musik, Kunst, Kultur und PR
– Erste praktische Erfahrungen im Bereich Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und/oder Kulturmanagement
– Sehr gute administrative und organisatorische Fähigkeiten
– Hervorragende mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikationsfähigkeit (auf deutsch und englisch)
– Hohe Teamfähigkeit
– Sorgfältige Arbeitsweise
– Affinität zu Online-Medien
– Fähigkeit zu selbstmotiviertem Arbeiten
– Sicheres und selbstbewusstes Auftreten
– Stressresistentes Arbeiten
– Sicherer Umgang mit gängigen Internet- und MS-Office-Anwendungen
– Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse, weitere Fremdsprachenkenntnisse von Vorteil

Im Überblick
– Zeitraum: ab 7. Oktober 2016 für 3 Monate, Vollzeit
– Vergütung: 400€ monatlich

Bitte sende Deine Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf und einem aussagekräftigen Anschreiben bis zum 28. August 2016 mit dem Betreff „Praktikum” per E-Mail an Carolin Denz (carolin@wildkatpr.com)

(Written on August 12, 2016 )

Leonie Rettig is one of the most interesting young pianists of her generation. The twenty-five-year-old pianist offers persuasive and profound interpretations of a wide variety of musical styles. Her extensive repertoire includes works ranging from Domenico Scarlatti to Henry Dutilleux, with the compositions of the Romantic era playing an integral role in her work.

»We experienced a creative miracle […]. Right from the first notes of Liszt’s B minor Sonata the audience was on the edge of their seats. It was as if Leonie Rettig began to read a long pianistic novel […].Following on from last year’s Liszt bicentenary, Leonie Rettig had delivered such an overwhelming masterpiece that it was some moments before the applause began. (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.2.2013)

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Leonie Rettig © Schneider Photography

Leonie Rettig has won several prizes at national competitions, the International Piano Competition Nikolaï Rubinstein in Paris at the tender age of 12, among others. She has played with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Nova Scotia and at prestigious festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the International Chamber Music festival at Viana do Castelo.

In the 2016/2017 season Leonie will make her Swedish debut with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Further recitals will take her to the USA and Canada, as well as to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. WildKat PR looks very much forward to introducing Leonie to artist managers with the aim of securing a partnership.

(Written on August 12, 2016 )

Sven Helbig is one of the biggest talents in the pool of composers of the new generation. He is known for his residence at Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar but also for his creative collaborations with artists of other genres such as hard rock band Rammstein or the Pet Shop Boys. He just released the video trailer for his newest piece: the album I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain introduces bewitching, delicate choral voices and a fascinating sound.

The album features the Baroque-specialists Vocalconsort Berlin, one of the most renowned German choirs, conducted by cosmopolite conductor Kristjan Järvi whose concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience” (The Herald, Scotland).

I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain will be released on 9th September 2016 on Berlin-based record label Neue Meister (Berlin Classics / Edel Germany). The album will be premiered live at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany on 23rd September 2016 and will then go on tour. You can pre-order the album here.

Keep up to date with Neue Meister’s releases via their website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

(Written on August 8, 2016 )

After having previously worked with Kimiko Ishizaka on her Goldberg Variations project, WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back this talented pianist.

A gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times), Kimiko Ishizaka has composed her own completion to Bach’s unfinished masterpiece, Die Kunst der Fuge. In September Kimiko will be performing the London premiere at St. John’s Smith Square, with a pre-concert discussion of her completion with composer Robert Hugill.

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In 2012 Kimiko Ishizaka received worldwide attention and recognition for her innovative recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, a project that was financed by her fans using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com, and which Ishizaka released directly into the Public Domain in a desire to make Bach accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, her recording of the Goldberg Variations is the most visible recording of this work on the internet today.

A similar fan funding campaign led to her 2015 release of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” which has been praised by multiple reviewers as their favourite interpretation of the work ever. This album was also a great commercial success – a significant fact in the face of ever-declining record sales – having occupied the #1 sales position on both Amazon.com and Bandcamp.com upon its release.

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Kimiko Ishizaka attains her unique Bach style through meticulous coupling of articulation to fugal structure, complete abstinence of the sustaining pedal, and many hours of practice in total darkness. Kimiko is passionate about sharing personal and unique ideas and interpretations that are truly her own, consciously refraining from listening to other artists’ recordings.

Apart from her rigorous efforts towards interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, Kimiko is also passionate about the music of Frédérick Chopin, and about competitive weight lifting.

Keep up to date with news from the Kimiko through her websiteYouTube, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on August 1, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to welcome Berlin-based record label Neue Meister.

Neue Meister was created by Edel and presents some of the most important composers of the modern day: the old masters of tomorrow. Introducing the new generation of composers, who represent a breath of fresh air for the classical music sector by combining the classical tradition with new musical influences.

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Neue Meister‘s roster includes artists such as Sven Helbig, Arash SafaianJohannes MotschmannTamar Halperin and Christian Jost as well as festivals Castelbuono in Italy and Womad Festival in the United Kingdom. WildKat PR will handle the PR for Neue Meister in the United Kingdom and the USA.

Keep up to date with news from Neue Meister through their websiteTwitter, Facebook, and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog, and look out for upcoming releases.

(Written on July 29, 2016 )

After 10 incredible and beautiful months at WildKat PR, it is with great sorrow that I’m announcing my departure from this youthful and dynamic agency. Due to my personal wish to continue my studies at university, I have decided to end my work-relationship with this amazing team.

I first started at WildKat PR with an internship, which gave me an initial insight into the ethos of the company and the way WildKat PR works. I was blown over by how welcomed and appreciated I felt in the office environment, and especially with my amazing colleagues. After my three months as intern, and still at a very early stage in my young career, WildKat PR offered me the opportunity to continue being part of a forward-thinking team and gave me the chance to successfully grow and develop.

WildKat PR Tean with pianist Caterina Grewe

WildKat PR Tean with pianist Caterina Grewe

I was especially amazed by their passion for innovation and working beyond the remit of traditional PR, constantly trying to create more exciting and diverse campaigns. It is also worth mentioning that many of my colleagues are active musicians and performers, and use this active knowledge and experience to better understand and respond to the diverse needs of their clients.

What particularly thrilled me was the fact that WildKat PR is not only an international player with its three locations in Berlin, London and New York, but is also truly international inside the agency as well. Having work days where you talk 4 or 5 languages is really exciting and sometimes really tests the limit of your brain! 😉 It gave me the possibility to make a contribution across the whole team, not only with language skills but also with crazy and unconventional ideas. That is the great part of this agency, that it allows you to think outside of the box and gives you the freedom and flexibility to work on your projects, bringing the best out of you.

The Berlin Team

The Berlin Team

During my time as a Junior Account Manager I took a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns promoting artists and the company. I looked after clients and projects, but of course under supervision from the senior staff. I was able to attend artists’ events and got the chance to organise one by myself in Berlin (which was great!). I wrote and distributed press releases and kept updating, developing and working on social networking sites for WildKat PR and my clients.

Bringing all this together, I just want to thank the whole WildKat PR family for this amazing and unforgettable time where I not only gained so much experience in the different aspects of the field, but also learnt a huge amount, especially about teamwork and myself. We’re not saying goodbye forever, because who knows what the future will bring 🙂

All the best,

Vivienne

(Written on July 28, 2016 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London, as a member of the team is moving to the Berlin office!

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, creative individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Press, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to quickly establish and build strong working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.

Key duties

As an Account Manager your role will be:

– To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
– To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
– To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
– To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
– To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
– To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
– To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
– To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
– To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
– To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

– Friendly, open plan office
– Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly
– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
– Personalised creative skills training and coaching
– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
– Opportunities for travel
– Sociable atmosphere
– Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

Person Specification

Essential

– At least one year’s relevant experience in PR
– Interest in classical music, culture and the arts
– Proven administrative and organisational skills
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills
– Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
– Confidence and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
– Ability to work as part of a team
– Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
– High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
– A strong interest in online media
– Self-motivated
– Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

– Fluency in another language

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to annie@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by midday on the 19th August 2016

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

 

(Written on July 28, 2016 )

Gestern Abend waren die Bamberger Symphoniker zu Gast beim Kissinger Sommer. Unter der Leitung von David Afkham spielte das Orchester Werke von Beethoven, Tschaikowsky und Brahms. Solist in Tschaikowskys erstem Klavierkonzert war Daniil Trifonov.

Und wie immer mit dabei: das Fotobuch über das Orchester von Andreas Herzau und Nora Gomringer.

Die ganze Reise des Buches gibt es hier nachzulesen.

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(Written on July 21, 2016 )

Gestern Abend waren die Bamberger Symphoniker zu Gast in der Haferscheune des Gutshauses in Stolpe. Im Rahmen der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern spielte das Orchester Werke von Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn Bartholdy und Brahms unter der Leitung von David Afkham. Solistin war Christiane Karg.

Und wie immer mit dabei: das Fotobuch über die Bamberger Symphoniker von Andreas Herzau und Nora Gomringer.

Die ganze Reise des Buches gibt es hier nachzulesen.

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(Written on July 18, 2016 )