Since its founding 10 years ago, The Next Festival for Emerging Artists has become a mainstay in the world of contemporary classical music, with a focus on nurturing the next generation of 360-degree artist-citizens. Grounded in a uniquely inclusive and egalitarian model, Next Fest offers financial support so anyone accepted can attend. Then, in addition to providing opportunities to practice and perform, Next Fest hosts workshops in areas such as marketing, financial management, and project development. Through this mix of activities, Next Fest goes beyond the typical festival model to teach “what they don’t teach you” in most conservatories. In turn, Next Fest has had a profound impact on the world, with many of its more than 200 fellows working as established musicians, arts educators, entrepreneurs, founders, thought leaders, and change-makers.
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“My hope is to make the new music and classical world more diverse and accessible through me just simply existing as a composer where I could communicate and express my music with my unique background.”
~Che Buford, Next Fest Composer (2023) and Fellow (2022)
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