Applications for the 2016 festival are now closed. Please send an email to philippa [at] bangonacan [dot] org to be added to the email list for notifications about the 2017 applications. They will be available in November, 2016.
The 2016 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA will be from July 11-31, 2016. We welcome applicants from all over the globe who are at least 21 years old as of July 11, 2016. 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.
All applicants will be notified of the decisions in early March.
The tuition fee for the 2016 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival is 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 in June.
Room and Board (included in tuition fee) -- Accommodations for the Festival are provided by MASS MoCA within walking distance to the museum. Accommodations are double occupancy.
Lunch and dinner are provided Mon-Fri. Participants are responsible for all other meals. There are several local inexpensive eateries near the museum.
All participants are responsible for transportation to and from MASS MoCA. Information about transportation will be provided.
You can view the work sample requirements for the application here
We recommend you read the daily schedule webpage so you can learn more about life at the festival.
Here are some words from past participants. These articles/blogs will give you an 'insider's" perspective on the Festival.
"A sandbox of sounds" by Zach Herchen, sax
"utopia" by Doug Machiz, cello
Bang on a Can Summer Festival blog by Meerenai Shim, flute
Bang on a Can Summer Festival blog by Olivia Shortt, sax
Read testimonials from alumni.
See us on PBS Digital's "The Arts Assignment" in a segment called "Find your band" here.