Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) is a nonprofit performing and arts education organization that engages both youth and adult audiences in innovative music programming throughout New York City.  Founded in 1990 by the late experimental jazz artist Paul Nash, MNMP seeks to cross traditional musical boundaries and catalyze imaginative projects involving the creation of new work through performances, collaborations and educational activities.

MNMP presents challenging music by living composers as part of three New York City-based concert series: New York Anthems, Interactive Music Series and New Composers Series. Concerts are performed in a variety of venues designed to reach and build new audiences for experimental music, including public parks, art galleries and accessibly priced recital halls.

Within its arts educational programs, MNMP has broadened its scope beyond music to incorporate other artistic forms and demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of art-making.  Currently serving over 40 public schools, MNMP provides thousands of New York City students with standards-based arts education through in-school and after-school residencies, and professional development for educators. These programs offer hands-on artistic experiences for students and sustained arts training opportunities for teachers, to encourage the integration of arts into everyday classroom learning.

Unique among arts education organizations, MNMP has a proven track record in developing nationally recognized arts programs for special needs populations, and has also been acknowledged for its programs to serve English language learners.

Programs for Seniors
MNMP teaching artists can collaborate with senior centers, libraries, care facilities and community-based organizations to develop customized arts programming for all ages, including adults ages 55 and older.  All of our programs foster original creation and can build toward performances.  Contact (212) 977-1070 or


Youth programming takes place in-school and after-school at partner schools across all five boroughs.  Call to inquire about current school residencies and program opportunities.  Public events are listed individually.


Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) residency programs foster original, student-created work across all artistic disciplines: music, drama, dance/movement, visual arts and creative writing.  Programs can be multidisciplinary and integrative with other classroom subjects as desired; we will tailor each to fit your specific needs. MNMP is an approved NYC Department of Education vendor and operates programs in 40 public schools across all five boroughs.

Residencies address skill-based learning, aesthetic comprehension, contextual and cultural understanding as well as curriculum-integrated instruction. Residencies include professional development workshops and generally run for 10-12 weeks, but are designed to meet a school’s particular requirements.

Residencies may also
* integrate artistic creativity and improvisation with everyday math, language, social studies and science curricula
* involve or be limited to afterschool programs
* be designed for special-needs and ESL populations

Please contact call or e-mail for further information.