At some point anyone who starts something new needs a connection, a new insight, a fresh look or just plain advise. 
 
- Who do I know? - 
 
Putting together an ensemble, concert series or any other project is always a lot of work. You need all the help you can get. That's why you build a network around you of people that can advise, help and participate. People that set your mind in motion, make you see things you couldn't see or just assist you with the dirty work. Networking is everything these days; you can never know too many people. Time to fill up the address book. But ultimately, it is up to you. it's your project. So what is it? What is the context? Where should it play? Why there? All these things you have to think about because the more you know what you want, the easier it gets.
 
- If you do it, do it right the first time around. Here's the tools -
 
Over the past 15 years or so I have initiated a number of special projects*. Some featured my own music or ensembles, others were festivals, concepts for collaboration, academies, and network meetings. In the course of organizing these projects I have gained a wide knowledge about the what, when, where, who and how. Having worked with so many musicians from all genres as well as writers, actors, dancers and visual artists, I know how to connect people and what is needed to make a project a success. 
About this and all of the above I have put together a 75 minute workshop that takes an imaginary project as its subject. Let's say a concert series with new music. Together, we will take this series from just an idea to a full scale project. In the process I will explain everything that has to be done to make it a success. How and why. Collaborations, preparations, time management, social embedding, people management, marketing, publicity; all of it and more. 
This workshop will not lead to success, but it will provide you with the tools to be succesful.
 
 
* Shortlist of projects: Splendor Academy, Festival Jazz & de Walvis, From Sun Ra to Bollywood Funk, New Ways of Teaching Jazz with the Modular Cookbook, X-Mas DASH!, Spica, Zwaar Water, Brilliant Limbs, Paraula, Creator/Destroyer.