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The Next Festival of Emerging Artists 2020″ is a four-week series of workshops, mini-courses, and collaborative projects taking place online June 9 – July 2, with most of the festival events, featuring over 20 guest artists and speakers, accessible online and open to the public. This year’s festival’s student participants – young musicians, composers, and choreographers – have had their tuition waived.  A unique contemporary music festival founded in 2013 by composer, conductor, and bassist Peter Askim, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists normally takes place over two weeks in May and June at Music Mountain in Connecticut as well as at National Sawdust and NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts in New York City, with 35 young musicians, composers, and choreographers taking part in lessons and chamber music coaching, rehearsals, masterclasses, and talks – culminating in performances and recordings of new works.

Over the four weeks beginning Tuesday, June 9, the festival’s schedule will consist of events on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, including: Open to the Public (through Eventbrite registration via and Facebook Events)Most of these events will be recorded and archived within 48 hours for viewing through the Next Festival website and YouTube channel.

In addition to offering a wide slate of talks and workshops, this year’s festival will culminate in performances by the festival musicians of new works created by remote collaboration. Continuing in the spirit of Next Fest Connects, the festival’s initiative in April and May to provide free programs in response to the pandemic’s devastation of the music world, this year’s Next Festival is extending its outreach to invite any and all to witness and join in its goals of entrepreneurial career-building, contemporary music performance, and intensive, personalized artistic development. The events are led by a collection of guest artists and faculty comprised of Pulitzer Prize winners, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients, TED Talks presenters, and Grammy Award winners and nominees, among others. The festival will also be responding to the incidents of violence and racism that are causing pain and division across the country. The 2020 festival presents a multiplicity of voices throughout its events, including artists whose activism is an integral part of their artistic identities.“