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A musician’s career is a very exciting one. Being able to perform and show an audience what you love is a luxury many people in other professional fields would be envious of. However, with the highs also come the lows: what if the audience don’t like you? What if the critics don’t like your interpretation? Musicians can both struggle financially and work unsociable hours. Mental health problems can therefore be a serious issue within the industry, one in which music charities are beginning to address.

Help Musicians UK is an organisation with an acute awareness of the problems musicians can face. In 2016 they launched the campaign, Mental Health Campaign – Music and Depression, aiming to break down stigma and start conversations within the music industry about depression and anxiety. The charity, Music and Depression, commissioned the first academic study, ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’, on the relationship between musicians and mental health.

The study, performed by the University of Winchester, found that 71.1% of all respondents believed they had suffered from panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety at some stage of their career, while 68% reported they had suffered from depression. The findings suggested that musicians might be up to three times more likely to suffer from mental health problems than the general public. This was due to a number of reasons, varying from unregulated working conditions and irregular hours to a belief that musical identity shaped self-worth.

The findings found that there is an urgent need for an accessible service for people who work in the music industry. Since the launch of the campaign in 2016, Help Musicians UK have announced a new fundraising campaign for the world’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in the industry. The service will provide both listening and advice services, as well as clinical medical, therapeutic and welfare facilities for those who need it.

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(Written on August 1, 2017 )

In today’s news: architects shortlisted to design the Barbican’s new concert hall, and a-n launch #FreeMoveCreate campaign to protect freedom of movement in the creative industries. The Berliner Staatsoper moves back to it’s proper building, and fake news about appeal for funds for the Beethovenhalle Bonn retracted by ‘citizens for Beethoven’ union. Azerbaijan celebrates jubilee of first female opera singer, and a hidden Bach festival is being revealed.

The Guardian

Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano on shortlist for Barbican’s new concert hall

The conductor’s baton has been raised in the battle for the Barbican’s new concert hall with some of the world’s leading architects making the shortlist to design the landmark venue

Classical Music Magazine

ISM and a-n launch #FreeMoveCreate

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and a-n (the Artists Information Company) have announced their collaborative campaign #FreeMoveCreate to protect freedom of movement for all who work in the creative industries

The Violin Channel

Telegraph Quartet Announced New San Francisco Conservatory Quartete-In-Residence

Comprising violinists Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violist Pei-Ling Lin and cellist Jeremiah Shaw, the ensemble, formed in 2013, are former 1st prize winners at the Naumburg and Fischoff International Chamber Music Competitions.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives Cobbett Medal for services to chamber music

Inaugurated in 1924 and endowed by Walter Willson Cobbett, the medal is presented annually to a musician for services to chamber music

Tagesspiegel

Alles im Griff auf dem singenden Schiff

Am Freitag endet das siebenjährige Exil der Berliner Staatsoper im Charlottenburger Schillertheater. Ein Gruß zum Abschied.

Concerti

Musik unterm Sternenzelt

Die zehn schönsten Opernfestivals Europas locken in diesem Sommer nach England, Frankreich, Italien, Deutschland und Österreich

Pizzicato

‘Bürger für Beethoven’ boykottieren Spendenaufruf für Sanierung der Beethovenhalle

Nachdem der Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) die falsche Meldung verbreitete, der Bonner Verein ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ würde zu Spenden für die Sanierung für Beethovenhalle aufrufen, wiesen die Verantwortlichen dies entschieden zurück.

Azernews

Azerbaijan to mark 120th jubilee of first female opera singer

The 120th jubilee anniversary of great female opera singer of Azerbaijan Shovkat Mammadova will be celebrated ceremonially.

The Washington Post

A well-hidden Bach festival offers cheerful relief on a summer afternoon

The Grace Church Bach Festival is one of this town’s better-kept secrets.

Twitter

Ein Chagall-Konzert in St. Stephan in Mainz mit ! Wir sind ganz beseelt!

Ehrenpräsident des Deutschen Musikrates Richard Jakoby gestorben

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(Written on July 13, 2017 )

We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London for a month, starting as soon as possible.

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

WildKat PR
WildKat PR is a creative agency for classical music and the arts. We are a dynamic, forward thinking agency offering full services for public relations, marketing, artistic consultancy, event management, social media, and creative campaigns, specialising in both classical and contemporary music. We are a young, enthusiastic, creative, and music-loving company and our expertise and creativity allows us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With offices currently established in London, Berlin, and New York, and clients including the Ancient Academy of Music, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to assist their colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, to quickly establish an understanding of the industry and begin to build working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.  This position will provide an overview of all clients, demonstrating the different stages of PR campaigns, along with a range of different styles and approaches to press. Through assisting all account managers in an array of different tasks, the intern will acquire the core skills and abilities of a publicist.  

Key duties
As an Intern your role will be:
– Summarising classical music and industry news on the WildKat PR blog each day and posting to social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers
– Updating social media for WildKat PR and our clients, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites
– Uploading listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Writing blogs for our website and for clients’ websites or newsletters
– Writing and proofreading press releases for clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Recording and producing video blogs of our clients for WildKat PR YouTube
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Contacting critics, journalists, bloggers, and radio or TV producers to gain features or reviews for clients
– Attending events of our clients, and possibly helping out at the events, such as selling CDs or page turning
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Buying flowers, office stationery, kitchen supplies, etc., via petty cash
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– Filing daily newspapers in storage
– Organising large CD/DVD collections

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:
– Friendly, open-plan office
– Chance to do diverse things within the role, and expand your skill set 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
– Office yoga, Friday drinks, the offer of several 6-hour working days per month

Person Specification
Essential
– A keen interest and passion in classical music
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Feel they will improve quickly and efficiently throughout the internship
– A creative mind
– An interest in new media
– Confidence and enthusiasm to share new ideas
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Sense of urgency, with skills to prioritise effectively
– Strong organisation skills

Desirable
– Previous experience in our industry
– Speak another language
– Study music, English or marketing/PR

Expenses: £400 per month

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’.

(Written on May 16, 2017 )

Mein Praktikum bei WildKat neigt sich dem Ende zu: Nach nur 2 Monaten muss ich die Agentur schweren Herzens wieder verlassen, denn die Semesterferien sind vorbei. Ab nächster Woche heißt es wieder büffeln und vor allem viel lesen, denn die Uni geht wieder los und mein Studium macht sich nicht von alleine. Hier, bei WildKat, hat mich das Social-Media-Fieber gepackt! Als kleines Abschiedsgeschenk hinterlasse ich der Agentur und unseren Lesern 11 wunderbare Dinge, die ich aus meiner Zeit bei WildKat mitgenommen habe:

1. Bei WildKat kommen verschiedenste Nationen zusammen, um gemeinsam für Projekte zu arbeiten


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2. Missy, der Office Dog, ist einmal die Woche Teil des Arbeitsalltags


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3. Social Media Präsenz ist harte Arbeit!


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4. Jeder Mitarbeiter ist auf seine Weise ein unverzichtbarer Bestandteil der Agentur


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5. Das Arbeitsumfeld bei Wildkat ist wie eine große, fürsorgliche Familie


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6. Klassische Musik rockt!


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7. Bei WildKat ist Frauenpower angesagt


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8. WildKat ist ein großer Verein von Teetrinkern


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9. Bei WildKat wird gegenseitige Unterstützung groß geschrieben


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10. Selbst, wenn du mal keine Ahnung hast, was zu tun ist, hier hat jeder ein offenes Ohr


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11. Der wöchentliche Obstkorb bei WildKat sorgt für den Vitaminflash


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Liebes WildKat-Team,
ein großes Dankeschön für diese wunderbare Zeit. Ich habe während des Agenturalltags bei euch so unendlich viel gelernt und mitgenommen. Schade, dass es jetzt schon vorbei ist! Bleibt so, wie ihr seid:

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Liebsten Gruß

Eure Theresa

Theresa Hünerbein

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

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 )

Venue and Arts hub Trinity Buoy Wharf is hosting a collaborative exhibition called ‘Synthesis’ which will take place tonight, the 13th February. It will be a mixed-media exhibition including pieces by Boy George. Better known as a DJ and international musician, Boy George will be showcasing his other creative talents as part of ‘Synthesis’ which is taking place in the Electrician’s Shop Gallery.

When speaking about the passion he has for his screen prints and photography, Boy George said: “photography is a way of capturing the past and the moment and redesigning it. I like the Hollywood approach to glamour. The camera tells great big lies and I love to make people look how they dream themselves to be”

There are 12 other artists taking part including John Humphreys, a sculptor who has studied with the Royal Academy and has shown work around the globe bringing a twist of vision and a fresh approach to his practice, a much respected artist who is always forward thinking.

The exhibition is a free event and is on tonight between 6.30pm – 9.30pm at Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London, E14 0JY.

To find out more about Trinity Buoy Wharf and their events take a look at their website, or you can follow Trinity Buoy Wharf on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on February 13, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”

Reuters

Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

WildKat PR is looking for an intern to join the team in London starting in March. This is a great opportunity for someone considering a career in music PR or marketing who is seeking to gain first-hand experience. You will assist with researching and reporting on new developments in the classical music world, writing press releases for clients and blogs for the WildKat PR website, researching press opportunities, as well as general tasks such as keeping the office in top running order.

An interest in classical music is essential as well as culture and the performing arts, and a second language is definitely a bonus! An interest in new media and knowledge of social networking platforms is also important.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good computer skills are vital. You will need to be confident and able to take on responsibility, as well as being organised, able to prioritise and meet deadlines.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to london@wildkatpr.com before 5pm March 2nd.

Interviews will be held on the 7th March and the start date will be the 12th March.

N.B. Only candidates able to work five days a week from 10 – 6 with a demonstrable interest in classical music should apply.

(Written on February 23, 2012 )