Building bridges through music – connecting East and West
Strengthening cross-cultural understanding through collaboration
Music as the key to intercultural dialogue and change
Our goal is to support exchange between creatives across Europe and post-soviet countries.
Having faced the decisions and challenges of becoming professionals in the music industry ourselves, we want to pass on our experiences and knowledge to others with OSTAR Music Networks. Especially those who might not have the chance of an academic musical education in their home countries.
What helped us most in finding our way in the music industry was connections and being free to follow our own projects. This is what we want to help others with in our programmes: Building relationships, being part of an intercultural network of aspiring creatives and feeling free to create and do their thing.
What’s important to us is our hands-on approach – giving real advice from experience to help develop potential and support others in becoming successful professionals in the music industry.
Ever since our first visit to Yekaterinburg, Russia, in 2017 we have been in awe of the creative potential, diversity and open-mindedness we encountered there. It came unexpected and showed us how a common goal can break up stereotypes so quickly and enable an open, unbiased dialogue.
This is why we strive to play a leading role in building creative collaborations on an international level, truly crossing borders between East and West.
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What others say
“Ural Music Camp helped me become a professional artist. Before, I had finished my music studies in Yekaterinburg. But here I began to understand what is necessary to become a holistic artist. A lot has happened in the last year: I was part of a TV show, I started writing songs, I released my first EP and recorded a music video with friends.”
“What moved me the most was the difference between how you see the participants on the first day, then you do the band coaching with them and they get better and better and then you see them at the final concert and they perform above all expectations. You can really see the result of a week of work and their joy and their effort and energy and then at the last concert it all comes together – that’s just great.”
“Ural Music Camp helped me to accept myself and my own vision of music. When I came back from it, I realised that I needed to look inside myself, not around me. Since then, I know where to go next. Memories of that time still feed me with energy in moments of crises and give me strength to move into the directions of my dreams.”
Founder Ural Music NIght Festival & UMC
“We want to show that music can be a profession. The alumni of the camp can develop new projects, and these projects will develop the Russian music industry. The main result should be a community between Europe and Russia and also to open the window to Europe for young Russian artists to play music together with other European people.”
Director of Popakademie Baden-Württemberg
“If you have 50-60 participants every year, after a couple of years you have reached a critical mass and this is very interesting in terms of network. In the end it’s all about internationalisation. The idea is always to win partners from different countries – from Russia to Europe and the other way around. This is something that accelerates not only the relations but also the music.”
“Ural Music Camp taught me to look beyond the boundaries of the regular approach to songwriting and arrangement.”
“For me, Ural Music Camp is a place to learn to work with people, to communicate with people. One of the greatest things about the camp is the love from our teachers – it’s a place where we can make mistakes.”