2020 Season

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists
June 9 – July 2, 2020

What an incredible four weeks of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists 2020! THANK YOU to everyone involved. We are so excited, grateful, inspired and amazed by everything and everyone who has been a part of this incredible project.

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists 2020 has been a four-week event of workshops, mini-courses, and collaborative projects taking place online for the festival’s students – young musicians, composers, and choreographers. To answer the needs of a greater community of artists, most festival events were accessible online and open to the public and are archived here.

Watch Festival Workshops  |  Press Release

We greatly appreciate the generosity of donors and of grant from the The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund and the Williamson Foundation. We strive to be a resource for our entire community of artist, students and audiences. Please help us support our innovative programming with a tax-deductible contribution.

Thank you to our 2020 Festival guest artists/speakers:

Ashley Bathgate
Angela Myles Beeching
Derek Bermel
Beyond Talent Consulting
Lisa Bielawa
James Budinich
Fred Child
Ash Baccus-Clark
Crushing Classical Podcast
James Dargan
Anthony Davis
Rob Deemer
The Embodiology Research Group
Tracy Friedlander
Dobbs (aka Richard Hartshorne)
Megan Ihnen
Institute for Composer Diversity
Vijay Iyer
JACK Quartet
Nathalie Joachim
Aaron Jay Kernis
Jennifer Koh
Gabrielle Lamb
Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti
Ludi Leiva
Allison Loggins-Hull
Elaine Grogan Luttrull
Jessica Meyer
Minerva Financial Arts
Yuka Nagashima
The Productive Musician
Todd Reynolds
Joshua Roman
Nahre Sol
Richard Thompson
Kelly Hall-Tompkins Violinist
Klasien Van de Zandschulp
Wang Jie
Sarah Whitney
S. Ama Wray

“The Next Festival holds a unique place in the vastly diversifying field of new music. Peter Askim has a special gift for creating vibrant camaraderie among the most promising young musicians who are on the brink of reshaping the field.”                  

–Lisa Bielawa, composer

“Next Fest is not just exploring ideas at the frontier of arts, it’s nurturing the creation of forms, expressions, structures and careers that will be the new generation of artistic life for makers, presenters, and audiences. I’m honored to be part of the conversation, and eager to share in the coming rounds.”               

–Fred Child, host of APM’s Performance Today

“My collaboration with Next Fest inspired me to pay more attention to all the places that needed more attention. The festival’s collective vibe was energizing and memorable. I can’t wait for my next date with Next Fest.”        

–Wang Jie, composer