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Future Music Project
Frequently Asked Questions

Studio 57  |  Weekly Workshops  |  Future Music Project Ensemble  |  Count Me In

General Information

What is Future Music Project?

Future Music Project is a free afterschool program for teens interested in all aspects of multi-genre music-making. Teens from across New York City are taught to create, perform, and produce their own original music. Future Music Project includes three programs designed for teens: Studio 57, Weekly Workshops, and Future Music Project Ensemble. Future Music Project also includes Count Me In, which gives eighth-grade singers the opportunity to prepare for auditions to performing arts high schools in New York City.

Who can participate in Future Music Project?

Future Music Project participants must live within the five boroughs of New York City. Studio 57, Weekly Workshops, and Future Music Project Ensemble participants must be between the ages of 14 and 19 (high school and up). Count Me In participants must be in eighth grade.

Where does Future Music Project take place?

All Future Music Project programs take place in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall at 154 West 57th Street.

How much does it cost to participate in Future Music Project?

Future Music Project is free! Carnegie Hall covers the cost of music, materials, MetroCards, and snacks. For Weekly Workshops, boxed lunches are also provided. For Count Me In, binders with the music that students will need for their auditions are provided. Please contact futuremusicproject@carnegiehall.org for more information.

Studio 57

What is Studio 57?

Studio 57 is an open space for teens ages 14–19 (high school and up) to explore their musical growth, collaborate with their peers, and try out new projects. Each week, students can explore a broad range of musical styles and genres in a “Meet the Pros” session that features guest artists from around New York City. Once a month, students can sign up to perform in the Studio 57 Live concert series.

When does Studio 57 take place?

Studio 57 takes place every Saturday from October through June from 11 AM–3 PM.

How do I apply for Studio 57?

There is no application for Studio 57. It is open to all teens ages 14–19. However, participants must RSVP by 4 PM the day before they plan to attend in order to be added to the security system and have access to the building. Once a participant RSVPs, they do not need to RSVP again for future sessions.

A signed permission form from a parent/guardian is required for all participants. Download the permission form.

What is the attendance policy for Studio 57?

Studio 57 is a drop-in program. It is not mandatory to attend any sessions. Participants are encouraged to drop in on as many Saturdays as they would like between 11 AM and 3 PM.

What is Studio 57 Live?

Once a month, Future Music Project participants have the option to take part in a Studio 57 Live concert and invite family and friends to hear their music. Anyone involved in Studio 57 and/or Weekly Workshops is eligible to participate, and Future Music Project Ensemble members participate in all Studio 57 Live concerts.

Weekly Workshops

What are Weekly Workshops?

Weekly Workshops provide opportunities for young people to take classes with professional musicians from a variety of musical specialties. Participants work with their peers to collaborate on music videos, record albums, and host DJ dance parties throughout the year. This year, Future Music Project offers workshops in concert design, songwriting, and digital music production, as well as the new Future Music Project Sampler Pack.

Current workshop leaders are listed below.

Concert Design: Justin Gray
Songwriting: Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Jean Rohe, Nick Demeris, Jarrett Cherner, and Skye Steele
Digital Music Production: Gabriel Lugo and Reginald Sinkler
Future Music Project Sampler Pack: Clay Ross and Falu Shah

When do Weekly Workshops take place?

Weekly Workshops take place every week (excluding New York City Department of Education holidays) from 4 PM–6:30 PM from October to June. Concert Design meets on Tuesdays, Songwriting and Future Music Project Sampler Pack meet on Wednesdays, and Digital Music Production meets on Thursdays. In addition to regular workshops, there are concerts scheduled throughout the year for students to showcase their work to family and friends.

How do I apply for Weekly Workshops?

Fill out the application form. Carnegie Hall staff will review your application and place you in the appropriate workshop. Be sure to list your first, second, and third choices so we know what your interests are. You should also be prepared with your school’s name, address, and phone number—as well as your parent/guardian’s name, email, and phone number—before you apply.

If you are a teacher from a high school applying on behalf of multiple students, or if you are a parent with multiple children who wish to apply, please note that each student must have their own separate application form.

What is the attendance policy for Weekly Workshops?

Due to the strong emphasis on community and the fast-paced nature of the program, it is required that students attend their workshop every week. Students may not attend another workshop to make up for missing their own. We understand that conflicts and emergencies happen, and ask that Carnegie Hall staff be notified as close to 24 hours in advance as possible. If we notice multiple absences, an administrative staff member will have a conversation with the participant and their parents/guardians about commitment to the program and finding the right fit. We always have a waitlist for workshops and want to make sure that students with the highest level of commitment are able to participate.

Future Music Project Ensemble

What is Future Music Project Ensemble?

Future Music Project Ensemble is a collective of the brightest young musicians ages 14–19 (high school and up) from across New York City. In this youth-led ensemble, teens bring their own unique musical styles to create, perform, and produce music at Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall supports members’ musical, professional, and leadership development. Members compose and produce both digital and acoustic music, share their work in monthly Studio 57 Live concerts, and perform at Carnegie Hall and other NYC venues. Ensemble workshops are led by James Shipp, Mazz Swift, and Saskia Lane.

When do ensemble workshops take place?

Ensemble workshops take place from 4 PM–6:30 PM on Tuesdays (excluding New York City Department of Education holidays), with additional rehearsals scheduled around events throughout the year. Ensemble members are also featured on all Studio 57 Live concerts and are required to attend.

Am I eligible to apply for Future Music Project Ensemble?

Future Music Project Ensemble members must live in New York City and be between the ages of 14 and 19. Applicants should have experience in performing or digital music production as an instrumentalist, vocalist, MC, or producer. Multi-instrumentalists are welcome to apply.

How do I apply for Future Music Project Ensemble?

All eligible students should be prepared to fill out the online application form and provide two videos and one written reference.

For the first video, students should be prepared to play a piece on the instrument they are applying on. For the second video, students should be prepared to answer the following question: “My New York is …”. This is an open-ended question that gives applicants the chance to tell us about what New York means to them not just as a musician, but as a member of the city.

The written reference can come from a teacher, community leader, or friend of the applicant’s family. The reference does not need to be from a music teacher, but it must be from a trusted adult who can vouch for the character of the applicant.

What is the attendance policy for Future Music Project Ensemble?

Being a member of Future Music Project Ensemble requires dedication to the program and its mission as a teen-led, teen-driven, and teen-produced collective. All participants are expected to fully commit to the schedule of workshops and concerts for the entire school year (September–June). Future Music Project Ensemble is a fast-paced learning space, and we want young people to have access to the highest level of training. Future Music Project Ensemble moves faster than Weekly Workshops and participation requires a serious commitment to all workshops and concerts.

We understand that conflicts and emergencies happen, and ask that Carnegie Hall staff be notified as close to 24 hours in advance as possible. If we notice multiple absences, administrative staff and faculty leaders will have a conversation with students and parents about commitment to the program and finding the right fit. While we acknowledge that emergencies and other commitments can conflict with the ensemble schedule, we also want to honor the time and dedication of ensemble members who are able to fully commit.

Count Me In

What is Count Me In?

Count Me In is a free audition preparation program for eighth-grade students with limited access to choral or vocal training at their middle schools. Students from across NYC come to workshops where they study singing and best audition practices with professional vocal coaches.

When do Count Me In workshops take place?

Workshops take place twice a week after school over an intensive seven-week period from September 18 through November 2. All workshops meet from 4 PM to 5:30 PM. For specific dates, please refer to the Count Me In page.

Am I eligible to participate in Count Me In?

Eighth-grade students who plan to audition for vocal programs at performing arts high schools are eligible to participate in Count Me In. Students must be from within the five boroughs of New York City, have the support of their parents/guardians, and be enrolled at a public middle school.

How do I apply for Count Me In?

All applications are submitted through an online form available in mid-May. Parents or guardians should have the following information ready in order to complete the application:

If you are a teacher from a high school applying on behalf of multiple students, or if you are a parent with multiple children who wish to apply, please note that each student must have their own separate application form.

How do I send in the video requirements for the Count Me In application?

After you submit your application, please send two videos (outlined below) to countmein@carnegiehall.org. These videos will help us to place each student into the most appropriate class. The videos should be no longer than one minute each.

What is the attendance policy for Count Me In?

Due to the short and intensive nature of the program, we require that students attend all workshops in their section. Students cannot attend a workshop outside of their section as a makeup workshop. We understand that conflicts and emergencies happen, and ask that Carnegie Hall staff be notified as close to 24 hours in advance as possible. We always have a waitlist for workshops and want to make sure that students with the highest level of commitment are able to participate.

Can participants attend workshops from both sections?

Since each workshop is taught by a different instructor, participants may only attend workshops for the section for which they are scheduled. (For example, if a student is accepted into the Monday/Wednesday section, they cannot attend any workshops in the Tuesday/Thursday section.)

Do Count Me In participants have success getting into performing arts high schools?

Count Me In participants have been accepted at schools that include Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Fordham High School for the Arts, Forest Hills High School, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Professional Performing Arts High School, Special Music School, and more.

Lead support for Future Music Project is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

Additional funding is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Public support is provided by New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

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