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NOPAs international projects allow songwriters and composers to gain experience in working abroad. NOPA are continuously looking for Norwegian based «cultural experts» such as composers/songwriters/lyricists/artists to participate in these projects.
The projects are funded by the EEA-grants and are meant to bring European countries closer together both in an economic and cultural sense. In addition to these projects NOPA in involved in other singular events (for instance concerts) with funding form the EEA-grants. NOPAs engagements in these projects are also partly funded by Viken County.
For the period of 2021 – 2024 NOPA is partner in projects in Slovakia, Romania, Portugal, Lithuania and Czech Republic. NOPA has a close involvement in the projects and a NOPA representative has participated in match making events in some of the countries.
If you are interested in travelling abroad to participate in any of the projects, you will find updated information on this page.
NOPAs engagements in these projects are partly funded by Viken County.
Title of project: Hortus Musicalis Broumov
NOPA is partner in a project with the Educational and Cultural Centre Broumov in the Czech Republic. The location is an old monastery. Learn more about the historical location here.
Norwegian and Czech composers, writers and artists will be invited to live at the monastery for a month while working on musical projects. In addition to working on ones own music the participant will contribute to the local music scene.
The project will last till April 2023. NOPA participants will be involved during the following periods; October 2021, March and October 2022 and April 2023. Applications for the following term in 2022 is now available throught the link below.
Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser (November 2021) Read Tuvas reflections here.
Therese Aune (March 2022)
Ann-Mari Pettersen Magga (October 2022)
Title of project: Terra Incógnita
NOPA is partner in the project «Terra Incógnita». Participiants in this project will work and reside in The Azores, a group of Islands located west of Lisbon, Portugal.
The participants will collaborate with Portuguese musicians and composers. The collaborations will consist of making «the soundtrack for a trail in the nature of the Azores landscape». The music will have several uses after its creation including sound installations, performances and the creation of a mobile app.
The project has close ties to the music festival Tremor.
Pål Nilsen Love (November 2021) – NOPA residence
Hanne Hukkelberg (April 2022) – Musician/composer invited by Terra Incógnita
Carmen Villain (April 2022) – Musician/composer invited by Terra Incógnita
Sheila Simmenes (April 2022) – NOPA resicence
Bendik Baksaas (September 2022) – Musician/composer invited by Terra Incógnita
Eskild Sveås Okkenhaug (September 2022) – NOPA residence
Kjetil André Mulelid (September 2022) – NOPA residence
NOPA will choose six composers / songwriters for participation in a project in Želiezovce, Slovakia. Three Norwegian participants took part in the opening conference in 2021.
Participants will present their own music at the folk music festival in Želiezovce in 2023. The project also includes renovating a historical house in Želiezovce.
Norwegian participants at the digital opening conference in September 2021:
Per Olav Hoff Mydske
NOPA is partner in an internet-based EEA-project together with the Slovak organisation Victory Art. The mission is to help artists navigate the art industry and spread knowledge about how to make a brand for oneself.
Tom Hugo Hermansen
Julie Enger Børresen
NOPA is partner in the international project NU SOUND OF VISEGRAD.
The project will be a concert with a norwegian/slovakian repertoire. The slokavian composers/artist are Sisa Feher og Katarina Màlikovà.
Title of project: Lihuanian artists accelerator
NOPA is partner in a project with the organization VIEŠOJI ĮSTAIGA «INOVATORIŲ SLĖNIS». The location is in Antaliepte in Zarasai, a region in the northeast of Lithuania. In 2022 participants will hold seminars and do online mentoring.
In 2022 NOPA will send three “cultural experts” who are to host three seminars under the tag: Lihuanian artists accelerator. The seminars will be held through the course of two days. You will be able to choose between the following subjects:
- “Art Low” (intellectual property rights / patenting of developed products and services)
- “Marketing” (specifics of marketing in art/culture)
- “Communication and publicity” (specifics of communication in art/culture)
- “Target segments” (analysis, strategy, identification)
- “Internet platforms for creators” (how / where / why / when creator can realize products)
- “Value proposition” (sales and etc.)
- “Management” (specifics of management in art / culture)
- “Entrepreneurship” (business in art/culture)
- “Culture / Art segments” (about situation in culture/art)
In addition to this the participant will be hosting an “artist talk”. A kind of on-stage interview about ones craft as a songwriter / composer.
Before and after the stay in Lithuania one will be required to offer online counselling for the Lithuanian participants. The amount of hours one is required to council is approximately 60 hours.
A participant should be comfortable with communicating to an audience. One should also feel competent in speaking on some of the above mentioned subjects.
More info will follow.