Creator centered approach

Stepping Stone is an international collaboration platform and community aimed at empowering musicians towards sustainable international careers.

Creator centered approach

Stepping Stone is an international collaboration platform and community aimed at empowering musicians towards sustainable international careers.

In these times we see a growing need for bottom-up change and co-creation initiatives around the globe. We have become more aware of our own possibilities as well as our connectedness and collective wisdom and power. Besides, music needs to regain and reclaim its value in human civilization. Musicians and supporting organisations are challenged to step up to contribute and collaborate in new ways.

The purpose of Stepping Stone is to support and stimulate these new ways of collaborating and creating that will emerge, by connecting people and offering a common ground, an inspiring community and practical stepping stones for its realisation. Stepping Stone is a collaboration platform and community aimed at empowering musicians towards sustainable international careers. Different projects and methodologies can find a home on the common ground of Stepping Stone, leaving ownership and initiative entirely with the initiators.

Participants are musicians and music professionals, who are open to new ways of collaborating in the world of music: bottom-up, open-minded, committed to contribute and share, appreciative and supportive, playful and responsible, sustainable.

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Unfamiliar to working with Slack? You can join by sharing your name, organisation/artist name, and your function. Feel free to leave us a comment why Stepping Stone appeals to you, and what you see as its potential for you?

Rogier Telderman

creator TELDERMAN
creative at Powered by TINC
co-founder Stepping Stone


Mik Torfs

director Jazzlab Gent


Steven Kamperman

creator Steven Kamperman


Marieke Meischke

producer So What’s Next


Svenja Doeinck

producer NICA Stadgarten


Antonio Fernandes

manager, agent, virtual/digital assistant Makuma


Yuri Rhodenborgh

creator Yuri Rhodenborgh


Vivienne Aerts

creator Vivienne Aerts Vervool
project manager Berklee Effortless Mastery Institute


Rosalie Genay

creator Rosalie Genay


Mathilde Löffler

jazz journalist 


Lobke Aelbrecht

production Jazzlab Gent
member EJN
co-founder Stepping Stone


Imke de Feber

creator Afero
marketeer at Powered by TINC


Martel Ollerenshaw

creative producer Sound Out


Wim Wabbes

programmer Handelbeurs


Bram Stadhouders

creator Bram Stadhouders


Stijn Viaene

sound engineer, hal rental & ‘material master’ MUDA Kunstsecundair


Folker Tettero

creator Folker Tettero


David Shooter

creator Guerrilla Biscuits


Lizon Lavaud

project manager Le Bureau Export


Wesley Stephenson

programmer Jazz North East 
festival producer Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music


Sandra Gevaert

social entrepreneur Morosoph
co-founder Stepping Stone


Carlo de Wijs

developer D-Sound Hub
creator Carlo de Wijs

Berlinde Deman

creator Berlinde Deman


Laura Varache

project manager MusicLX


Sophie Blussé

director Jazz International Rotterdam


Iman Spaargaren

creator Iman Spaargaren


Julie Campiche

creator Julie Campiche


Ramon van Merkenstein

creator Ramon van Merkenstein


Mark Alban Lotz

creator Mark Alban Lotz
director Jazz On The Sofa
member governing board BIM


Gabriele di Franco

creator Gabriele di Franco


Hilde Spille

partner and booking agent at Paperclip Agency 
talent buyer at Conincx Pop Festival
founder and mental coach for musicians at Compass for Creatives


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BASIC PRINCIPLES

If you embrace the Stepping Stone principles, either in your own practice or with a project or initiative you are involved in, and want to find a common ground in Stepping Stone, please get in touch. Being part of Stepping Stone does not entail having to tick certain boxes or meet formal requirements. It is a statement that says “I (want to) work like this too, in my own way, and share my knowledge and experiences with others.”

Bottom-up
It all starts with a musician or music professional who has a desire to create something and who takes ownership for this. Bottom-up change can occur when people are connected to others and find common ground and inspiration to collaborate and co-create.

Sustainable
Everything that is meaningful in our lives comes from longer-term commitment and friendship. We aim at long-term connections and personal contacts, especially also for the creators, and not only above their heads.

Responsible
Nobody can change you but yourself; you create your own future by taking responsibility for your own personal development and the world around you. We wish to inspire this responsibility and action-taking in ourselves and each other.

Committed to contribute and share
We contribute and share our knowledge and experience and get different perspectives and insights in return. This opens up space for creativity and collective power to emerge. ‘Alone we go faster, together we go further.’

Other values we hold in high regard, are open-mindedness (we are open to new ideas and possibilities, we are willing to let go of old beliefs that no longer serve us or keep us from seeing anew and we embrace the unknown), appreciative (we open our hearts and appreciate what is, without judging whether it is good or bad, as this opens up new possibilities that are ready to emerge and provides the positive energy to make this happen), supportive (as social beings we love to take care of each other. Giving makes us happy and our lives more meaningful; we embrace this as a powerful basis of our community), and playful (life should not be hard. It is in our nature to be happy and light-hearted, which is also the essence of what music brings. By bringing playfulness in our way of working we experience pleasure and flow, feel connected and creative).

Best practices

Stadtgarten’s NICA

Stepping Stone

Soundout

Stadtgarten’s NICA

Stepping Stone

Soundout

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