Building bridges through music – connecting East and West

Strengthening cross-cultural understanding through collaboration

‘Ideenstark 2020’ award

We are proud to have been chosen as a winning team for the German state of Baden-Württemberg’s prize ‘Ideenstark’! The prize honours creative start ups for their entrepreneurial spirit and innovative strength.

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Winner: Civil Match 2.0

We participated in Civil Match (hosted by Goethe-Institut and Auswärtiges Amt Germany). The project idea we developed together with Kyiv Contemporary Music Days was awarded a cooperation prize!

We are more than excited to have our kick-off with our new partner and let you know asap what it will be all about.

Find out about Civil Match 2.0

INTERVIEW with Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Tom had the opportunity to talk about URAL Music Camp and the idea behind the project in Deutschlandfunk’s Tonart Magazin.


Current Projects

Ural Music Camp

In 2018 we launched our music business education programme Ural Music Camp in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Together with our partner Natalia Shmelkova (Head of Center of Social Monitoring and Youth Issues Yekaterinburg & Project Coordinator Ural Music Night Festival), a team situated in Yekaterinburg as well as a growing group of European experts in music education and the music industry we were able to make this a successful annual event.

By creating this programme, we offer talented people a platform for their work, provide access to specialist knowledge and find new ways of evaluating their creative potential.
Each year, Ural Music Camp offers 50 Russian musicians and people working in the music industry the possibility to come together for one week and simulate the process of the music industry. Creating original songs in new formations with people they’ve never met before, recording and performing these songs, and developing a marketing strategy for their new material.

In addition, participants may be part of an exchange program between Russia and Germany in collaboration with various German partners, and are supported with further online workshops and consulting throughout the year.

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UMC – Yekaterinburg Office


EMBRACE 2020 is a dialogue-project of Music Commission Mannheim e.V., Music Export Ukraine and OSTAR Music Network aiming to connect young talents and experts across borders, talking about constructive take-aways for 2021.

EMBRACE 2020 will showcases 5 interviews focusing on the topics: live industry, music journalism, music production, artist management and being an artist in 2020. The talks aim to highlight personal best-practices from both sides and spread good ideas on how to take on 2021 as creative.

The Project was implemented within the “MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters” programme with support from the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ). The opinions expressed by the authors are not necessarily those of the Foundation EVZ. The author is solely responsible for the content.  

What others say

Stasya Lisitsina


“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.”

Rutger Martens


“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.”

Tatiana Sokolova


“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.”

Natalia Shmelkova

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.”

Udo Dahmen

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.”

Dmitry Malinovsky


“Ural Music Camp taught me to look beyond the boundaries of the regular approach to songwriting and arrangement.”

Maxim Khrychev


“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.”

Meet the Team

Thomas Woschitz

Stefan Wandel

Current Partners