APPLICATIONS CLOSED |We have received more than 60 applications from musicians from 27 different countries.
The selection of the 38 string quartets that will participate in MERITA activities will be announced on Wednesday 1 February 2023.

It is addressed to professional string quartets, maximum average age 35 years old, who will get the chance to:

• develop innovative projects
• be involved in at least 3 paid performances in Europe
• be part of an international circulation
• take part in artistic residencies in historic houses all over Europe
• network with 17 European cultural institutions
• showcase the innovative project online with international concert organizers
• be selected to perform extra-EU concerts in the UK, in Switzerland, China and the USA
• get access to online trainings
and much more! 

Send your applications by Thursday, December 15th 2022 at 11.59 pm (GMT+1 time)
by email at with the object 



The quartet need to be max 35 years old on average – at the moment of the application.
Quartet members should be at least 18 years old.

Application must be done in English.

The Call is open to ensembles based in countries eligible for the Creative Europe programme: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine.
N.B. individual musicians do not necessarily have to be of these nationalities, but they have to be permanently based in these countries.

More specifically:

  • If the quartet is based in an eligible country, it is sufficient to be suitable that only 1 musician of the quartet comes from an eligible country
  • If the quartet is based in a non-eligible country, it is necessary that at least 2 of the four musicians are originally from an eligible country.

Dual citizenship is allowed.

Letters of endorsement should come from relevant institutions, Maestros, and significant personalities in the music and cultural fields outside the MERITA Platform.

The quartet does not need to develop the outreach / special projects during the application process. If the quartet has already in mind a project, members can present their idea while recording the brief video requested by the application. There is no exclusivity regarding the outreach / special project the quartet will develop with MERITA. Other partners/artists/individuals necessary to define the outreach / special project can be involved. Costs for these expenses are covered by MERITA.

The quartet will choose 1 topic to develop during the project; an additional topic can be included subject to approval from the Artistic Committee and the MERITA Platform Members.


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