The Next Festival of Emerging Artists’ 10th Anniversary Season
May 26 – June 9, 2023

The 2023 Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a two-week experience consisting of performances, individual lessons, coachings, and workshops for 30 participating string Fellows, composers, choreographers, and dancers.

With residencies and performances in upstate New York (PS21/Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) and New York City (American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival), Fellows collaborate with some of today’s most exciting composers, perform a program of all world premieres, participate in workshops and recording sessions of new works, and explore multi-disciplinary collaboration and improvisation. As part of our commitment to supporting the artists of tomorrow, the program is “pay-what-you-can.”

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 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).

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.  |  more info

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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.

The Next Festival was founded on the idea that deserving artists can participate regardless of financial circumstances. We’re committed to supporting our community of artists through a 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 our supporters for helping to 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