New York, NY – The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Peter Askim, announces the schedule of events and guest artist lineup for its 2021 Virtual Festival, taking place June 8 – July 1, 2021. This four-week festival of masterclasses, workshops, and virtual collaborations, featuring esteemed guest artists, will take place online. 25 festival fellows – young musicians, composers, and choreographers, ages 20-30 – will attend the full festival, and select events will be free for the general public to attend (see schedule below). Continuing the Festival’s initiative providing free programs in response to the pandemic’s devastation of the music world, tuition for this year’s virtual festival has been waived for fellows. May 25, 2021 is the deadline for fellow applications, which are available at www.next-fest.org.
Festival events will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week from June 8 to July 1, and the festival schedule will be organized into the following themes: Business & Entrepreneurship (June 8-10), Social Justice & Activism (June 15- 17), Artistry & Musicality (June 22-24), and Multidisciplinary Collaboration (June 29-July 1).
Business & Entrepreneurship:
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | Registration: http://bit.ly/NextFestivalJune8
4pm-5pm: Business and Entrepreneurship, with Brian Goldstein
Arts attorney Brian Goldstein opens The Next Festival of Emerging Artists 2021 season with a discussion of topics related to the intersection of business, entrepreneurship and law. Focused on issues that face young artists at the beginning of their careers, Goldstein draws on his experience in arts and entertainment law and his commitment to equipping the next generation of artists with the tools they need to have innovative, successful careers. The session will include a Q&A where participants can “Ask the Expert,” part of Next Festival’s commitment to giving young artists access to the tools and mentorship they need to navigate their careers in changing times.
5pm-6pm: Social Media for the Misinformation Age, with Jamie Benson
In this action-oriented lab, Jamie Benson will share innovative new systems for audience growth and engagement that resists misinformation and establishes meaningful relationships with your fans and collaborators. We’ll playfully peel back layers of human psychology and data-driven social media advertising to reveal humans that can be empowered or manipulated. The workshop will include quick-and-dirty tutorials, brainstorming exercises, and on-the-spot community building. Expect to walk away with a flood of new ideas, a small army of allies, and take-home tactics to activate your audience.
7:30pm-8:45pm: KEYNOTE A Performative Rebirth, with Seth Parker Woods
2021 Next Festival Artist-in-Residence Seth Parker Woods will discuss his interdisciplinary works of the last six years from his viewpoint as cellist, curator, director, educator and collaborative artist. A consummate visionary who engages with all aspects of creation, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, Woods will speak about the multi-pronged stages of creating his performance installation ICED BODIES and solo show Difficult Grace to life, from inspiration to implementation. A Q&A session will follow.
Thursday, June 10, 2021 | Registration: http://bit.ly/NextFestivalJune10
4pm-5pm: Contracts, with Brian Goldstein
Brian Goldstein, partner in the performing arts and entertainment firm of GG Arts Law, continues his Next Festival “business boot camp” for artists with an exploration of contracts. More crucial than ever in the wake of the pandemic, Goldstein will focus on what to look for, what to ask for, and what to avoid when entering into agreements for performance, commissions, recordings, streaming and more. Participants are encouraged to bring questions for this helpful and informative session.
5pm-6pm: Pivot & Persist: Project Development Masterclass, with Jessica Meyer
Festival fellows will pitch potential projects to composer, violist, and Next Festival Resident Entrepreneurial Artist Jessica Meyer and receive feedback on what it will take to get it off the ground and thrive.
7:30pm-8:45pm: KEYNOTE Citizen Artistry in Action, with Ashleigh Gordon
Since 2013, Castle of our Skins has been operating with a focus on fostering cultural curiosity and a simple mission to celebrate Black Artistry through Music. Join Castle of our Skins Artistic/Executive Director Ashleigh Gordon for a discussion on the role of artists, authentic leadership, and how to be a citizen artist.
Social Justice & Activism:
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | Registration: http://bit.ly/NextFestivalJune15
12pm-1:30pm: Chi-chi Nwanoku and the Creation of Chineke!
Double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE discusses her career as a world-class performer and her work to provide career opportunities for young Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians through the founding of Chineke! Nwanoku states: “My aim is to create a space where Black and ethnically diverse musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one Black and ethnically diverse child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.' Join us for this in-depth session with an artist/activist/advocate who has created opportunities in the UK and Europe through the founding of an ensemble which Sir Simon Rattle calls “not only an exciting idea but a profoundly necessary one.”
4pm-5pm: Broadening the Lens of American Music Theory, with Jeff Scott
Jeff Scott (Oberlin Conservatory, Imani Winds) will talk about the need to reimagine how music theory is taught in the American music educational system. Historically limited in scope to a narrow “Eurocentric” tradition, it is more apparent than ever that the status quo is inadequate to cover the wide range of musical styles, traditions, and viewpoints that performers and composers work with today.
5pm-6pm: Equitable Programming for Change, with Lina Gonzalez-Granados
Rising star conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados discusses her work championing the work of Latin American and other under- performed composers through equitable and imaginative programming and community-centered advocacy. A native of Colombia, she founded the Unitas Ensemble, a chamber orchestra that performs the works of Latinx composers, and provides access to free community performances for underserved communities. Her career includes frequent appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and other major international orchestras. Her unique perspectives on on-the-ground advocacy, organizational strategy and programming with integrity will be a great resource for those trying to affect change through the arts.
7:30pm-8:45pm: KEYNOTE PANEL Artistry and Activism: The Next Festival of Emerging Artists Alumni in conversation with Seth Parker Woods 2021 Festival Artist-in-Residence Seth Parker Woods leads a panel discussion with Next Festival alumni who are combining art and activism to create positive change in the world. The event will include performer/founders Ana Luna Uribe (Performers for Change), Jay Julio (Sound Off!: Music for Bail) and Sam Zagnit (Bass Players for Black Composers) discussing their journeys to becoming artist-advocates. From initial conception to overcoming obstacles, the discussion will underscore the valuable work these early-career performers are doing to create a more just society and inspire those who are interested in making their own difference through art.
Thursday, June 17, 2021 | Registration: http://bit.ly/NextFestivalJune17
4pm-5:30pm: Beyond Raising Awareness: Arts + Activism, with the Center for Artistic Activism
The arts are a powerful force but “raising awareness” won’t cut it anymore when we want real social change. In this workshop you’ll get to use some new methods to come up with strategic ideas for using art and activism, and come away with specific tools and methods you can use in your own social justice work.
7:30pm-8:45pm: KEYNOTE PANEL The Power of Music: Activism Through a Musical Lens, with Kelly Hall- Tompkins, Donna Weng Friedman, Ashleigh Gordon, and Peter Askim Join artist/activists Ashleigh Gordon (Castle of Our Skins), Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Music Kitchen: Food for the Soul) and Donna Weng Friedman (Heritage and Harmony) for a panel discussion on using art to create change in the world. These three artists/activists join Artistic Director Peter Askim to discuss their work celebrating Black Artistry, bringing great concerts to the homeless, promoting women composers and highlighting artists of Asian descent. A Q&A will follow the panel.
Artistry & Musicality:
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | Registration: http://bit.ly/NextFestivalJune22
3:00pm-4:30pm: MASTERCLASS with Artistic Director Peter Askim
Fellows and alumni from The Next Festival of Emerging Artists perform in an interpretation masterclass led by Peter Askim. Askim will work with the young artists to hone their technique and develop their interpretations, drawing his unique perspective as composer, conductor and bassist. Performers and repertoire to be announced.
4:30pm-6pm: MASTERCLASS with Jeff Scott
Fellows and alumni from The Next Festival of Emerging Artists perform in a wind and percussion masterclass led by Jeff Scott. Performers and repertoire to be announced.
7:30pm-8:45pm: KEYNOTE Arts Citizenship, with Gabriela Lena Frank
Composer, pianist and educator Gabriela Lena Frank discusses the interconnectedness of the roles of artist, advocate and citizen in today’s world. She will explore how her creative work is inextricably tied to the founding of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, her mentorship and care for young artists, and her emphasis on the importance of arts- and eco-citizenships.
Dedicated to “inspiring emerging composers to create self-determined artistic lives” while engaging with communities in low arts access areas and practicing climate citizenship, her work is both idealistic and deeply practical. Not to be missed for those who believe that creativity emerges from everything that one is and stands for.
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Registration: http://bit.ly/NextFestivalJune24
1pm-2:30pm: MASTERCLASS with David Radzynski
Fellows and alumni from The Next Festival of Emerging Artists perform in a violin masterclass led by David Radzynski. Performers and repertoire to be announced.
4pm-6pm: MASTERCLASS with Seth Parker Woods
Fellows and alumni from The Next Festival of Emerging Artists perform in a cello masterclass led by 2021 Artist-in-Residence Seth Parker Woods. Performers and repertoire to be announced.
7:30pm-8:45pm: Festival Fellows in Concert
A program of solo and chamber music curated and performed by the fellows of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists. Deeply individual and artistically inspiring, experience performances by the next generation of artists in this unique event showcasing their passions, talents and artistry. Catch them here while you can – before they’re famous! Performers and repertoire to be announced.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | Registration: http://bit.ly/NextFestivalJune29
4pm-5pm: Stepping with Resonance, with S. Ama Wray & Derek Bermel
Led by Composer/Choreographer Workshop faculty S. Ama Wray and Derek Bermel, this creative performance/workshop involves interaction and a sense of play with the audience. Be drawn into a creative process that explores the nexus between feeling and reason—sensory & synesthetic.
5pm-6pm: A Joyful Process, with Jonathan Alsberry This last year has brought technology and collaboration to the forefront of all of our artistic practices. Jonathan Alsberry will focus this talk on the creative process, sharing insight on various projects that yielded international original music compositions, social justice collaborations, and process centered work geared toward community building and creative stamina. He looks forward to sharing these experiences and a further conversation about how we bring this new energy with us into the future with joy and patience.
7:30pm-8:45pm: KEYNOTE The Intersection of Choreography & Film: Darshan Singh Bhuller, with S. Ama Wray Dancer, teacher, artistic director, filmmaker, and choreographer: the multi-faceted artist Darshan Singh Bhuller joins The Next Festival of Emerging Artists Composer/Choreographer Workshop faculty S. Ama Wray in a conversation about his work at the intersection of multiple fields. Part of the Festival’s focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, this deep-dive into Bhuller’s work will underscore his ability to transcend labels and to embody the Next Festival ideal of the complete artist. A session sure to enlighten and inspire all artists to think big and think bold!
Thursday, July 1, 2021 | Registration: http://bit.ly/NextFestivalJuly1
4pm-5pm: Licensing, Copyright, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration, with Brian Goldstein
Arts attorney Brian Goldstein concludes the Festival’s week focused on interdisciplinary collaboration with a talk on often overlooked aspects of collaborative work: licensing and copyright. The session will dispel the confusion behind these often mysterious aspects of performing, recording and streaming with an easy-to-understand overview and deep dive into details all artists should know. The culmination of Goldstein’s Next Festival “business boot camp,” the workshop will leave you well- informed and ready to collaborate!
5pm-6pm: Portals and Possibilities, with Karin Fong
A fitting conclusion to the Festival’s focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, this talk by Emmy Award-winning director and designer Karin Fong will inspire all artists to think beyond the limitations of their training and individual disciplines.
A Creative Director at Imaginary Forces in Los Angeles, Fong will discuss the creative and collaborative process behind making evocative sequences for Film and TV. Renowned for her ability to instantaneously conjure entire worlds through images and sound, she will demonstrate how seemingly small decisions can create a transformative experience for audiences and empower artists to imagine an even more expansive vision of their art. Using examples from her work, she will chart a path toward embracing metaphor, storytelling, visual puns and the merging of sound and image in re-inventing the future of our art forms!
7:30pm: Festival Finale Performance
Join the artists, fellows and faculty of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists for a triumphal conclusion to the 2021 season! The Festival Finale will feature performances by the Aizuri Quartet of composer fellows, creative collaborations by festival participants and violist/composer Trevor New, and the conclusion of the collaborative Composer/Choreographer Workshop led by S. Ama Wray and Derek Bermel.