RESOURCES for artists in need
CAREER GUIDANCE in uncertain times
CONNECTION between artists and audiences

These events are presented by Next Fest Connects, an initiative of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and Next Edge Arts, Inc.  

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists launched Next Fest Connects with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The program provides an immediate support system for artists during difficult times. Thanks to a grant from the Heineman Foundation, our workshops continue in the spring of 2021, in the lead-up to our 2021 Festival.

Free Online Workshops and Masterclasses 
Information, support and resources for our community – an all-star roster of music and business experts lead targeted sessions on the creative process, career advancement, mental wellness, building an online presence and more.

Past presenters included: Ashley Bathgate, Angela Beeching, Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, James Budinich, Miranda Cuckson, Ralph Farris, Tracy Friedlander, Matt Haimovitz, Megan Ihnen, Jennifer Koh, Gabrielle Lamb, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Jessica Meyer, Yuka Nagashima, Todd Reynolds, Nahre Sol, Sarah Whitney, S. Ama Wray, Jeffrey Zeigler

Click here for videos of past seminars/classes

Upcoming Next Fest Connects Online Events

Events are free and open to the public

Four/Ten Media

Using Video to Bring Your Music to Life | Thursday, March 4, 7:30-9 PM ET
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Practical Tips and Tricks for Filming from Wherever You Are | Thursday, March 11, 7:30-9 PM ET
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Post-Production Secrets: Streamlining a Successful Edit | Thursday, March 18, 7:30-9 PM ET
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Four/Ten Media has worked with a wide range of musicians from the contemporary classical world to rock and pop bands. Through these sessions Four/Ten will walk participants through how to approach filming themselves or other musicians in a discussion of lighting, camera, and editing to ensure you can walk away with the skills to improve your own video capabilities.

Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts

Taxes in the Age of Covid  |  Tuesday, March 9, 5-6:30 PM ET
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Pricing Strategies for Musicians  |  Thursday, April 8, 5-6:30 PM ET
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Arts Funding & the COVID-19 Pandemic  |  Tuesday, May 4, 5-6:30 PM ET
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Through Minerva Financial Arts, a company Elaine Grogan Luttrull founded in 2009, she works to build financial literacy in creative individuals and organizations through education and coaching. Her work focuses on empowerment above all else, connecting financial decisions with creative goals. She serves just over 1,000 people per year through workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions, and her goal is to make all creative individuals both financially empowered and creatively free.

Employment Opportunity

Next Edge Arts, Inc., producer of the highly regarded Next Festival of Emerging Artists, seeks an experienced Managing Director for a new, part-time position on the leadership team of one of the nation’s most dynamic contemporary music organizations.

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Behind The Scenes Documentary

Composer/Choreographer Workshop


With Gracious Support From

The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund   •   The Amphion Foundation   •   The Williamson Foundation • The Heineman Foundation