MUSA – European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance is a European vocational training project for young string quartets. It aims to provide them with entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and competences that are usually missing in their curriculum although fundamental for their professional career.
Co-financed by the program Erasmus+ of the European Union, the project MUSA develops in three steps: September 2021 in Italy, October 2021 in Portugal, May 2022 in France.

MUSA 2020-2022 is born as a pilot edition that explores the following topics:

1. The string quartet image strategy
2. Cross-fertilization among the arts
3. Recording and market distribution, physical and mental preparation

In each country, the quartets benefit of one week of artistic residency in historic houses and other places of cultural interest, classes and workshops on the specific topics, and concerts.
MUSA ends in October 2022 in Brussels with a presentation event with the aim of disseminating the results of the project within Europe.


At the end of the course conducted in presence, in order to make the results of the project accessible to a wide range of musicians, academies and cultural workers, the following are published:

  • The Entrepreneurial String Quartet Handbook, which covers in depth the topics covered during the first edition of MUSA
  • the Course Lecture Notes, a set of slides for quick reference of the topics covered
  • a Case Study on Le Dimore del Quartetto and the MUSA experience
  • a set of Operational Guidelines, useful for all organizations that may embrace the MUSA format for the professional training of young musicians in the future.


The experiences of the quartets involved in the three stages of MUSA – European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance are recounted in three documentaries now available on our YouTube channel. The testimonies of the musicians and representatives of the institutions involved play a key role in retracing all the steps of MUSA and its results.

The string quartet image strategy

September 27 – October 2, 2021
Milan and Bergamo

Cross-fertilization among the arts

October 24 – 30, 2021
Mafra and Lisbon

Recording and market distribution, mental and physical preparation

April 30 – May 7, 2022

The achievements of MUSA – European young Musicians soft Skills Alliance are told at the official presentation of the project in Brussels.

October 12, 2022

MUSA is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union as Strategic Partnership to support innovation (Key Action 2).
The strategic partnership is composed by: Le Dimore del Quartetto S.r.l. Impresa Sociale as Leading Organisation, IED – Istituto Europeo di Design and ASK – Centre for Research on Management and Economics of Arts and Culture Institutions of University Bocconi in Milan for Italy, ProQuartet – Centre européen de musique de chambre in Paris and La Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin in Villefavard for France, and by experimentadesign in Lisbon for Portugal. Media partner Classica HD – Channel 136 of Sky.

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