Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute

A new music utopia for composers and performers


Submission period

Thu Nov 14, 2019 at 7:15 AM UTC

End of submission period

Tue Jan 7 at 10 PM UTC

Results date

Fri Feb 28 at 5 PM UTC
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a 3-week musical utopia for innovative composers and performers in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles alongside our faculty. The program includes daily performances in the museum galleries, and concludes with a three-day blow-out festival performed by fellows, faculty, and special guests. The program also features African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more. The special guest artists for 2020 is Kronos Quartet.

The dates for the 2020 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA are July 13-Aug 3. We welcome applicants from all over the globe who are at least 21 years old as of the first day of the festival. Performance applicants, please note that we encourage a diversity of instruments, including voice. You do not have to play an instrument included on our faculty to attend the program, as the focus is on chamber music, not individual study.

A forty dollar ($40 USD) non-refundable application fee is required.

The tuition fee for the 2020 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival will be two thousand nine hundred dollars ($2,900 USD). Tuition fee includes room and board. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due within two weeks upon acceptance to the program. Payment in full is due on June 15.

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