Next Fest Connects

Join us for our free online seminars!

Register via the Eventbrite links below, and Zoom Conference instructions will be emailed to you.  

Tuesday, April 14, 7 PM ET – “Successful Digital Composer/Performer Collaborations” – presented by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti

Thursday, April 16, 7 PM ET – “Your Musician Hero’s Journey: Keys to Moving Forward in Uncertain Times” – presented by Angela Beeching

Tuesday, April 21, 7 PM ET – Video and Career Strategies – presented by Nahre Sol

These seminars are presented by Next Fest Connects, an initiative of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and Next Edge Arts, Inc.  In a time of uncertainty and difficulty, Next Fest Connects creates immediate resources, support and connection for our artists, students and audiences.

Upcoming Next Fest Connects online talks and masterclasses will feature Ashley Bathgate, Miranda Cuckson, Ralph Farris, Megan Ihnen, Jeffrey Zeigler, and more!

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Artists are hurting. We’re here to help.

As we reach out to our Next Festival family during this turbulent time, we see that many artists and music lovers are hurting – our students, our alumni, our guest artists and our audiences. The Festival has always been about connection, and solutions. Now is no different.

We’re launching an initiative called Next Fest Connects. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, we’re taking immediate steps to: 1) Put money directly (and quickly) into the pockets of artists who need it; 2) Give young artists career and musical guidance in a time of need; and 3) Create connections between artists, and between artists and audiences.

Here’s what we’re doing to help:

  • We’re offering free lessons to all students and alums with Artistic Director Peter Askim and guest faculty. Young artists are stuck at home, with time on their hands to practice. We want to help them emerge from this as stronger, better musicians.
  • We’re partnering with our Guest Artists and our extended Festival family on a series of online talks and masterclasses. The sessions will address the current situation from a variety of angles: interpretation, career advice, mental wellness talks, and a multitude of tutorials on a variety of subjects such as building a video presence online.
  • We’re creating an online database of composers, choreographers and performers interested in collaborations. In “normal” times, we are all about fostering collaboration and connection. This is even more vital now. Interested artists will be able to connect with kindred spirits and dream up new projects.
  • Adopt An Artist: Our audience is suffering too. We want to connect our young artists with music lovers at home – connecting them directly to music and community. Donations will go directly to the artists.

We ask you to join us in helping artists at this time of need through a tax-deductible contribution. Your donation will make a huge difference to our entire community of performers, composers, choreographers and music lovers.

We have an ambitious agenda to inject hope and concrete help into communities suffering from uncertainty and despair. Please join us. You can make a contribution here:

Many thanks for your generous support. We look forward to making music with and for you soon!


Peter Askim
Artistic Director

Next Fest Connects Seminar Playlist: