Now Accepting Applications for The 2023 Next Festival of Emerging Artists!

The 2023 Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a multi-week experience consisting of performances, individual lessons, coachings, workshops, and masterclasses for 30 participating string Fellows, composers, choreographers, and dancers, which will run from May 26-June 9, 2023. With residencies and performances in upstate New York (PS 21), Connecticut (Music Mountain), and New York City (ACO’s SONiC Festival), Fellows create their own programs of study, participate in workshops and recording sessions of new works, and explore multi-disciplinary collaboration and improvisation.

As part of our 2023 Season, The Next Festival will be an American Composers Orchestra EarShot Partner Orchestra, supporting emerging composers and the creation of new music and will be presented by ACO as part of its 2023 SONiC Festival in New York City.*

The 2023 Next Festival of Emerging Artists will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a program of world premieres for string orchestra based on the theme of Interactivity, including by 2023 Guest Artist and soloist guitarist/composer Yvette Young, 2022 Pulitzer-Finalist Leilehua Lanzilotti, composer/violinist (and 2022 Festival alum) Che Buford, saxophonist/composer Matthew Evan Taylor, and Peter Askim (The Next Festival’s Artistic Director).

Priority Deadline for Applications:
March 1, 2023, 10 PM ET

*The Composer Call for Scores for The Next Festival of Emerging Artists 2023 was conducted in Fall 2022.
We are no longer accepting submissions.

About The Next Festival of Emerging Artists

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists provides young performers and composers (ages 20-30) with an immersion into 21st century music. Designed to cultivate the next generation of 360° artists, the Festival focuses on contemporary music, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary collaboration, and developing artist citizens.

At the forefront of supporting artists since the early days of the pandemic, the Next Festival has presented more than 75 free virtual workshops, talks and collaborations, creating a worldwide community of like-minded artists.

Support the Festival

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists was founded on the idea that deserving artists can participate, regardless of financial circumstances. We’re committed to supporting our community of young artists through our unique “pay-what-you-can” model and through more than 75 free virtual events focused on equipping young artists with the tools they need to succeed. We’re grateful to you, our audience and supporters, for helping make this commitment a reality. Your continued support will help us make our resources available to all.
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With Gracious Support From


The Amphion Foundation  •  The Williamson Foundation  •  The Heineman Foundation