IMZ ACADEMY SESSION 2020: “What does ‘good’ look like for digital projects in the Performing Arts?”

3 April 2020
In the course of Karajan Music Tech Conference, Salzburg/Austria

This year marks the beginning of a new partnership between the IMZ and Fedora, the European Platform supporting innovation in opera and ballet. For the first time a prize for digital projects will take its place alongside Fedora’s prestigious prizes for opera, ballet and education, with the IMZ acting as expert partner in the competition process. Among all shortlisted projects, four digital projects will be selected and announced for crowdfunding support in the course of the Karajan Music Tech Conference in Salzburg, Austria. The overall winner will be announced in June.

To mark this new initiative and to acknowledge the importance of digital innovation for the Performing Arts, Peter Maniura and Katharina Jeschke will introduce the shortlisted projects and through them examine the crucial relationship between technological and creative innovation. They will offer insights into what makes a really good creative collaboration and a successful audience experience. They will also offer some reflections on potential guidelines and criteria for commissioning groundbreaking and excellent opera and ballet native digital projects.

Find out more about the Karajan Music Tech Conference at



Freelance Director + Digital Strategist, IMZ Academy Director

Peter Maniura is an award-winning TV producer and director with more than twenty-five years’ experience in music + arts broadcasting at the BBC and the EBU. He is also a digital media consultant and guest lecturer. His most recent role at the BBC was Project Director, Classical Archive and Orchestras Digital Strategy for BBC Music; opening up the BBC’S unique music archive to the public in new ways. Prior to this he was Head of Digital Development for BBC Arts covering festivals, events and performances across the art forms. He was also commissioner for BBC Arts Online, which he launched in May 2014. Previously he was Creative Director and Curator of the new experimental BBC/Arts Council England digital online arts service ‘The Space’ which launched in May 2012 promoting digital innovation and creativity in the arts.


Secretary General of the IMZ International Music + Media Centre

As Secretary General of the IMZ International Music + Media Centre, Katharina Jeschke is a curator, developer and host of music film festivals and competitions worldwide. She has been a jury member at film festivals, BANFF and the International Emmy Awards and draws on expertise in PR for cultural projects, artist management and media production. She is the driving force and programme developer of Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin, presenting latest music film productions for international broadcasting + coproduction.



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