INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
The application deadline for the 2023 application has passed. Please email Philippa with any questions.
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.
Work samples required for the application can be viewed on the application info page.
If you are both a composer and performer and want to apply as both, please send an email to email@example.com for instructions on how to submit your second application.
Application fee is forty dollars ($40 USD), non-refundable.
If the application fee is a financial barrier for you, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a waiver code.
The participation fees for the 2023 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival are $3750 tuition, $700 Room and Board (Total $4,450). Tuition assistance is available, see below.
For context on the participation fee – the current total cost per program participant is $9,750. Bang on a Can has raised funds to cover just over half of that amount, and will continue our efforts over the course of the season.
We are grateful to have received some generous funding enabling us to offer support to a limited number of participants with financial need. You will be instructed on how to request assistance upon acceptance to the program.
Tuition support is provided by:
ASCAP Foundation provides tuition support for eligible composers (members of ASCAP or unaffiliated). The amount varies depending on the number of eligible composers.
Bass players: through his “Bass Scholarship,” Robert Black offers $2000 of tuition assistance for one bass player each year. An additional $500 is available from the Iacuessa Bass Fund.
Art Music Denmark offers a full scholarship for one musician each summer. The musician must either live in Denmark or be a Danish Citizen.
We also receive general tuition support from the Valerie Dillon and Daniel Lewis Fund and from the Williamson Foundation for Music.
We also highly encourage you to seek your own sources of support from foundations and government sources, crowd funding, and/or your university (if you are a student or recent alum). Bang on a Can will be happy to provide any letters or other documentation to support your efforts.
Additionally, composers will receive a commissioning fee from the Justus and Elizabeth Schlichting (amount TBA) for their new works to be written for the festival.
Room and Board — Accommodations for the Festival are within walking distance to the museum. Accommodations are double occupancy.
Lunch and dinner are provided Mon-Fri. Participants are responsible for all other meals, including breakfasts daily and weekend meals. There are several local inexpensive eateries near the museum.
All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from MASS MoCA, which is in the city of North Adams in Western Massachusetts (Berkshire County). Information about transportation will be provided.
Results from the application review process will go out on or before Feb 28. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due within two weeks upon acceptance to the program. Payment in full is due on June 15.
We recommend you read the daily schedule webpage so you can learn more about life at the festival.
Covid safety: Covid-19 vaccinations will be required for all participants. We will be following the CDC guidelines in place as of July 2023 as far as masking, social distancing and testing, as well as following protocols set by our hosts at MASS MoCA.
Here are some words from past participants. These articles/blogs will give you an ‘insider’s” perspective on the Festival.
“Dispatches from Bang on a Can 2018“, by Cara Search, voice
“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 our features on NewMusicBox and on PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and gallery recitals on the Bang on a Can YouTube channel.
See us on PBS Digital’s “The Arts Assignment” in a segment called “Find your band” here.
If you have any additional questions, please write to the festival manager, Philippa Thompson