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CAS Curating Contemporary Music

From an idea to the successful implementation of artistic projects

Key data

CAS Certificate
ECTS points
15 CP
School days
1st block, 15th - 17th January 2021 2nd block, 25th - 28th March 2021 3rd block, 27th - 30th May 2021 4th block, 10th- 19th September 2021 during the festival ZeitRäume Basel
Teaching language
German and English
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
CHF 3'400.-

General information

The new CAS course “Curating Contemporary Music” is dedicated to professionalizing the curatorial practice of musicians, dramaturges, music educators, musicologists, producers, music journalists, etc. Internationally-renowned curators impart their knowledge and practical experience in the context of currently relevant social issues and discourses. The course also includes practice-oriented curatorial work on selected projects from the Festival ZeitRäume Basel - Biennale for New Music and Architecture (September 2021). Very good knowledge of the contemporary music scene is a prerequisite for participation.


Björn Gottstein, Heloisa Amaral, Bernhard Günther, Daniel Ott, Theresa Beyer, Barbara Eckle, Brandon Farnsworth, Christine Fischer, Irena Müller-Brozovic, Michal Libera, Michael Kunkel, Anja Wernicke

Course management

Michael Kunkel, Anja Wernicke, Björn Gottstein

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in music performance, composition, music education, musicology, cultural management, cultural studies or in a discipline relevant to contemporary music (e.g. theater, dance, visual arts). Very good knowledge of the contemporary music scene is required. The course is subject to a fee of CHF 3'400.-

Application documents (only as info, application is closed)

  • Registration form, download PDF
  • Letter of motivation (1–2 A4 pages)
  • CV (max 2 A4 pages)
  • Description of a self-designed curatorial project in contemporary music (in planning or already implemented), scope: max. 5,000 characters
  • Diploma/degree certificates from universities/colleges
  • References and one (or more) letters of recommendation from past/current employers 

Sneak peak into goals, topics and the structure of the course: check out our trailer!

Curating Contemporary Music - Trailer from Musikforschung Basel on Vimeo.

Trailer #2 with our lecturers Björn Gottstein, Heloisa Amaral and Brandon Farnsworth

Further Information