Bang on a Can
Summer Music Festival
at MASS MoCA

July 15- August 1, 2015

Festival & Residency Program for composers and performers

Information on APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2015 FESTIVAL will be available in early November, 2014. Contact philippa [at] bangonacan [dot] org for more information, and please see our information for applicants page. 

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. The festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will write it. We will perform it. We will think about it and we will talk about it. We will spend three weeks immersed in today's most exciting music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. The festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission, and concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert performed by the festival ensembles and special guests. The festival also features  African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events  in the community, and more.

Our faculty members are some of the most innovative musicians of our time. These are musicians who have dedicated their lives to commissioning, rehearsing, recording and performing music beyond the cutting edge.

In the words of a few past students:

"Bang on a Can is really everything I want the music world to be -- inclusive, engaging, innovative, fun, thought-provoking, beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. The festival brings all of that and more directly into focus, and it has made all the difference in the word to have been a part of it."

"I have never had an experience like this before: the idea of building the kind of musical world one wants to live in seems to be something that is really possible here -- it's a place of community and possibility that is utterly transformative."

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival will take place July 13- August 2, 2015 at MASS MoCA, located in North Adams, Massachusetts. MASS MoCA presents exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it also is a place where the process of creativity is explored; rehearsals, art fabrication shops, and production studios are open to public view. Bang on a Can has found a home at MASS MoCA for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and is thrilled to work with them in building a bridge between the arts.

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, Chamber Music America, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, New Spectrum Foundation, Robert Black Bass Scholarship, and Williamson Foundation for Music.


The Bang on a Can residency — organized in partnership with MASS MoCA and the schools and city of North Adams — has also been made possible with support from the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Special thanks go out to Drury High School, Conte Middle School, Williams College, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Concert pianos provided courtesy of Falcetti Music, a full-line musical instrument store carrying pianos, guitars, drums, keyboards, sound gear and sheet music as well as offering lessons. Locations in Springfield, MA, Enfield, CT, and Rocky Hill, CT. "Falcetti Music, we keep music in your life" (413) 528-2460. www.falcettimusic.com.