The account I published yesterday of how young talent is deceived and abused at classical music competitions is by no means exceptional. An entire industry exists to exploit young dreams and nothing is done to police it.
There exists a European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), regulated under German law, and a World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), based in Geneva. Both receive public funding and provide sedate employment for well-pensioned time servers.
It’s about time the EMCY and WFIMC were made to recompense competitors who have been mistreated by their member organisations – whether by being enticed to a contest under false promises, or by being robbed of a prize by a corrupt jury. They should, at the very least, repay travel and accommodation expenses laid out by impecunious young musicians who have been enticed into a time-wasting trap.
Music competitions need to be brought within the remit of international law, with an industry code that can be called to account.