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 Online, Salzburg/Austria

2020 marked 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  took 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 were selected + announced and supported by crowfunding campaigns during the summer of 2020.

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

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Karajan Music Tech Conference took place online. Find out more about it 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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