Bang on a Can
Summer Music Festival

Residency for composers and performers of all instruments.

Dates for the 2020 program: July 13- Aug 3

Applications will be online in early November and due in early January, dates TBC.

2019 participant Phoebe Bognar had this to say about her experience at the festival.

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 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. The program is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles alongside their teachers. The program includes daily performances in the museum galleries, and concludes with a three-day blow-out festival performed by the festival fellows and special guests. The program 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 past participants:

"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."

Read a lovely blog post about the festival from a 2018 participant.

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival will take place 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 with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from the Amphion Foundation, ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Robert Black Bass Scholarship, Herb Leventer, Henry S. McNeil, Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, SNYK and the Danish Arts Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Williamson Foundation for Music.

Special thanks go out to Drury High School, Conte Middle School, Williams College, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland.

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.