Congratulations to our Winners

Noted Innovation Fellowship 2015

We were really pleased with all the fantastic applications from many young aspiring arts administrators. We had over 200 applications from all corners of the world. We are proud to present the winners of our Noted Innovation Fellowship 2015.

The classical music industry needs more than just artists...

And the winners are...

Burak Arslan and Luca Beisel - Young Music Lab

Burak Arslan, is an alumnus of the Fulbright Diversity Initiative and studied Philosophy and Theatre Studies in Berlin and Istanbul. As an alumnus of the Hertie foundation’s START scholarship for students with a migration background, Burak is involved in efforts to promote integration and educational equality. As an assistant at Kulturförderpunkt Berlin he also gained an insight into the funding and management of cultural projects. Luca Beisel is a student of art history and graphic design for smaller businesses and academia. As a music producer, he was featured on different online platforms and is currently working on his first record release. His entry to the 2011 Gustav Mahler remix contest of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was featured on Deutschlandradio Kultur.

Burak and Luca have founded a project named Young Music Lab:
The Berlin-based Young Music Lab aim to increase social mobility by making it possible for every young person to explore digital music production, and produce a classical music track. Inspired by the accessibility of electronica and other popular genres, Young Music Lab want to bring together young people from different ethnic and social backgrounds by introducing them to classical music. Members do not need to play a musical instrument or have a musical background to take part. Already thriving in Berlin, the team is eager to bring this worthwhile and much needed initiative to other cities worldwide.

Young Music Lab has a number of exciting aims: to help members acquire skills in digital music composition and production, with a focus on acoustic instruments; teach skills in live looping, sampling and using a computer as an effects machine; document members’ progress through a video diary; ensure that those involved all have access to their finalised composition on their computers by the end of their course; provide a platform for final compositions to be performed in front of an audience at the end of a course

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Johannes Weidner

We are also very excited to be working with Johannes Weidner, a student from the Hochschule for Music, Theatre and Media in Hannover. Johannes is a euphonium and trombone player who was inspired to become a professional musician at the age of 16 after hearing Dvořák’s 9th Symphony. Johannes has been awarded a Noted Fellowship due to his innovative approach to improving the arts management sector by advancing app and mobile technology.

More about this exciting project will be revealed during the course of the Fellowship so keep an eye on this page for the latest.

What is Noted Innovation Fellowship?

WildKat PR is offering a new fellowship for up and coming talent in arts administration. This fellowship has been created as a way to offer financial support, industry opportunities and mentorship.

The idea is to customize the fellowship around the recipient, in order to maximize their full potential and impact on the industry.

The fellowship will also include placements with WildKat’s various partners including: festivals, concert halls, orchestras and artist managers.

This includes:

  • Get support to implement your personal idea/ project that will help shake up the classical music industry and/ or the cultural sector
  • Gain knowledge and experience about PR, via WildKat PR
  • Create your brand (website, image, brochure, logo), with the help of Classical Music Design
  • Have free and full access to industry events and network
  • Get personalized mentorship
  • Receive £3500 to help fund your project
""Everyone should endorse enthusiasm for new ideas from new talent in the entertainment world and I'm proud to add my support.
– Jasper Hope, CEO Dubai Opera
Who can apply for Noted Innovation Fellowship?

This fellowship aims to support the visionaries. Are you an emerging young innovator that will help bring about positive, disruptive change to the classical music industry? Perhaps you are striving to innovate within an existing organization. Maybe you want to set up something completely new.

Please apply if...
You are 22-35 year olds, from Germany, USA, or UK - the three countries where WildKat operates – and are currently working in the field of arts management or administration in classical music or the cultural sector. This includes (but is not limited to):

In other words, anything that is not being an artist or related to performing.

You will both excite us with your fresh and energetic approach and have already begun your career. You may even have a sprinkling of early success on your CV. But not to worry if you don’t, we understand it is not common to be given freedom to innovate when you are new to the job or the industry.

We will not make decisions based on personal background, ethnicity or gender. We simply want to identify an individual whose work makes us excited, and whose ideas we will feel compelled to support and help implement.

"Innovation in the administration of the arts is key to the future of the classical and performing arts that will transport the generations of audiences to come."
– Suzanne Davidson, Executive Director, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Noted Innovation Fellowship has the unique opportunity to contribute to the massive shift in arts management. The classical music industry is just at the beginning of the digital revolution. Shape the path of its future.
– Bernhard Kerres, CEO of Hello Stage
Why does the classical music industry need another fellowship?

Kathleen Alder, founder of WildKat PR, has identified an interesting phenomenon in the classical music industry. There is a lot of financial support, encouragement and interest in finding the next big thing or prominent young artist to be on stage. But there is very little support for finding the youth and fresh thinking off stage. In fact, people who have been in the industry 20+ years are the ones typically supporting a prodigy. While their experience is undoubtedly valuable, she feels there is so much more potential to attract new audiences and keep the industry alive. Why not have young, fresh, talent on-stage work with young fresh talent off-stage.

The formula of bringing innovative ideas, new technology, and youth passion is what has made WildKat PR one of the key agencies in the performing arts sector. Kathleen actively encourages hiring young staff with a passion for classical music and the arts. Over 80% of the team are under 30 years old, and their quick thinking and professionalism is what keeps clients coming back.

With this fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.


If you are successful, you will work with the following supporters and collaborators:

We will continue to add to this list as more collaborators come on board!

Applications for Noted Fellowship 2016 will open early 2016