Sunday 4th of August to Saturday 10th of August 2024

Dear Musicians,

Have you spent years honing your singing or instrumental skills, reaching a point where you crave fresh creative ideas and insights to elevate your craft? Look no further than the POP.NONSTOP.ACADEMY, an exclusive academy format in Austria that offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse for talented young musicians.

Under the guidance of seasoned international professionals who understand the intricacies of the music industry, you’ll receive a wealth of new tips and insights into the world of professional music-making.

The musical focus at POP.NONSTOP.ACADEMY is deliberately diverse, designed to meet you right where you are. It’s a week of immersive individual, group, and ensemble coaching, providing you with technical expertise and sparking creative ideas. Whether your preference lies in Pop, Rock, Blues, Rn’B, Gospel, or Groove-Jazz, we cover all facets of pop music, tailoring our approach to your personal style and interests.

Alongside comprehensive songwriting courses, our mornings feature specialized coaching sessions for vocals, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and keyboards. While saxophone, trumpet, and trombone find themselves naturally grouped into a brass section, there’s also the option for personalized coaching. While experience in improvisation is advantageous, it’s not a prerequisite.

Our ensemble options are extensive and diverse, ensuring you’ll find your perfect fit. If you have your own band and seek coaching for the entire group, we’ve got you covered.

At POP.NONSTOP.ACADEMY, our mission is to guide you on your musical journey, focusing on creativity, technique, sound, and groove. Together, we’ll embark on a thrilling week of inspiring music-making and creative exchange, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Ossiach.

So, seize the opportunity and become a part of POP.NONSTOP.ACADEMY 2024. Let’s make music and have a blast!

Your Artistic Director,
Horst-Michael Schaffer


Gregor Meyle (D)
Internationally renowned singer & songwriter and star of various TV formats such as “Sing meinen Song.

Bill Laurance (UK)
Keyboarder of Snarky Puppy, Bokanté and David Crosby.

Hanno Busch (D)
One of the most skilled guitarists in Germany,
guitarist for Jan Delay, Heavytones (RTL show).

Lukas Hillebrand (A)
Austrias No. 1 Popguitarist and producer for Lemo, Julian LePlay, Conchita Wurst.

Anika Nilles (D)
International drumming sensation in the rock-pop sector and drummer for Jeff Beck.

Julia Hofer (A)
Austria’s Bassist of the Year in bands such as Lemo or the No Angels.

Philipp Sageder (A)
Singer, CTV authorized vocal coach, beatboxer, and electronic artist, Amadeus Award winner with Bauchklang.

Axel Müller (D)
Multi-instrumentalist and saxophonist for almost all German television shows,
saxophonist for Gregor Meyle, Christina Stürmer, Sarah Connor, Silbermond.

Horst Michael Schaffer (A)
Singer, trumpeter, and composer, Artistic Director of the Jazz Bigband Graz and POP.NONSTOP.

We thank our sponsors


Sonntag | 20:00 | Gregor Meyle & Band


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Sonntag | Pop Academy - SONGWRITING with Gregor Meyle (D)


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Sonntag | Pop Academy - KEYBOARD with Bill Laurance (UK)


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Sonntag | POP.NONSTOP.ACADEMY - BASS with Julia Hofer (A)


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Sonntag | Pop Academy - DRUMS with Anika Nilles (D)


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Sonntag | Pop Academy - BRASSSECTION with Axel Müller (D) & Horst Michael Schaffer (A)


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Sonntag | Pop Academy VOCALS with Philipp Sageder (A)


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Sonntag | Pop Academy - GUITAR with Hanno Busch (D) & Lukas Hillebrand (A)