“MUSIC IS A GATEWAY TO INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING AND COLLABORATION”
We seek to encourage creative cultural exchange between Germany and Eastern Europe by realizing Music & Music Business Education Camps for young, aspiring musicians and creative entrepreneurs.
Furthermore, we strive to support our alumni in the long term by creating a strong, international network of partners and creatives, connecting network members to grow creatively and economically. OSTAR’s work is based on the belief that creative intercultural collaboration leads to a better understanding of each other and opens new ways of working together across borders. These new approaches not only create an economical value but also strengthen and define creative economy itself as well as the perceived value of creativity and culture in general.
OUR WORK & EXPERIENCE
Since 2018 OSTAR Music Network has carried out the education program URAL MUSIC CAMP in Yekaterinburg, Russia. This project has been successfully realized in partnership with Natalia Shmelkova (Head of Center of Social Monitoring and Youth Issues Yekaterinburg & Project Coordinator Ural Music Night Festival) and a team situated in Yekaterinburg as well as a growing group of European experts (NL, DK, GER, AT, ESP). Each year URAL Music Camp offers 50 Russian musicians and people working in the music industry the possibility to come together for one week, creating original songs in new formations, recording and performing these songs, and developing a marketing strategy for the new material. Additionally, participants have the possibility to be part of an exchange program between Russia and Germany in collaboration with various German partners, and to be supported throughout the year with further online workshops and consulting.
OUR REASON WHY
Our first visit to Russia dates back to 2017 when we performed at Ural Music Night. Incited by the town’s dedicated scene of musicians and creatives, Yekaterinburg has become a second home to us. The creative potential, diversity and open-mindedness we were welcomed with was very different to our initial expectations. It made us aware of how little we knew about the Russian music scene and culture. This realization and our collaboration over the years has made us feel very close to a country we had not been in touch with before. It led to a strong urge to further support exchange between creatives and share their work with a broad public. This is why OSTAR Music Network strives to play a leading role in building promising creative interactions on an international level, truly crossing borders East and West.
WHO WE ARE
OSTAR Music Network was founded by Stefan Wandel (M.A. Educating Artist) and Thomas Woschitz (M.A. Music & Creative Industries).
In Addition to their educational background and work as active artists in the European music scene, Wandel and Woschitz bring together several years of experience in the fields of popular music, music education, artist management, team-building, project management and working with public fundings for the advancement OSTAR Music Network and its projects.
To realize our camps, OSTAR works with a pool of experts and coaches from its network. i.a. Rutger Martnes (NL), La Cris (ESP), Alexander Braunbarth (GER), Ivo Schot (NL), Louis Puggaard-Müller (DK), Martina Brunner (AT)
OUR CURRENT PARTNERS