Location: Aix-en-Provence, France

This is the course for you if you believe that musicians are versatile artists and loyal citizens who want the art they passionately endorse to reach the masses, and that their ability to interact with audiences – no matter if they’ are newcomers, youngsters or remote – is both asset and source of mutual benefit!

With this in mind, the Académie du Festival d’Aix has designed Outreach Skills Workshops to address issues surrounding the transmission, introduction, and exploration of music for young musicians and remote audiences through creativity and interaction.

The workshops use a creative process of experimentation and improvisation for singers and musicians from all backgrounds and musical genres (classical, jazz, current and traditional music, etc.). The idea is to help these musicians find employment as well as to fuel their personal quest for excellence and drive to share their art. Young artists have the chance to put what they have learned into practice with field projects in partnership with Passerelles, the Festival’s educational and outreach department.

This workshop, designed for musicians and singers is an introductory module.

• Understanding the role of musicians in outreach skills
• Introduction to basic creative techniques and group management

The pictures were taken during the artists’ implementation in Jacques Prévert school in Gardanne, France.

Photo credit: Patrick Gherdoussi