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Online Musicking is an experiment by the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM), a collaboration between Maastricht University, philharmonie zuidnederland,and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (Conservatorium and the Research Centre for Art, Autonomy and the Public Sphere). Online Musicking is one out of five experiments that the MCICM conducts in the Artful Participation project.

Related to the experiment Online Musicking are three other projects the MCICM is engaged in due to Covid-19. First, we documented popular instances of online musicking, which provided a benchmark for our experiment. Postdoc researcher Neil Smith wrote a small reflection paper on the sudden surge of classical music online due to Covid-19.

Three students were involved in the Online Musicking experiment. Two students of Maastricht University’s master Art & Heritage program did an ethnographic study of being and becoming an online audience. A student of the Maastricht bachelor Maastricht Academy of Media Design and Technology explored the possibilities of Augmented Reality for local classical music orchestras.

Finally, we organised so-called Corona Conversations, an online space to share and discuss ideas and challenges for musicians, educators, researchers and audiences during times of corona. In these weekly one-hour Zoom meetings, a panel of experts, professionals and researchers presented their views on online musicking in short pitches and discuss current and future best practice examples. Past Corona Conversations can be found on our website.

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