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Future Music Project
Frequently Asked Questions

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: Future Music Project Ensemble, Weekly Workshops, and Studio 57. 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. Future Music Project Ensemble, Weekly Workshop, and Studio 57 participants must be between the ages of 14 and 19 (high school and up). Count Me In participants must be in eighth grade.

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.

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. Learn more about the ensemble.

Where do ensemble workshops take place?

All workshops take place in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall at 154 West 57th Street.

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.

What is your attendance policy?

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.

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.

Who leads Weekly Workshops?

Weekly Workshops are led by engaging professional musicians who are familiar with the developmental needs of high school students. Current workshop leaders are listed below.

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

Where do Weekly Workshops take place?

All workshops take place in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall at 154 West 57th Street.

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 Production and 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.

What are the costs associated with Weekly Workshops?

Weekly Workshops are free! Carnegie Hall covers the cost of music, materials, MetroCards, and boxed lunches.

What is your attendance policy?

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.

How can 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.

I am a teacher from a high school applying for multiple students, or I am a parent who has multiple children that wish to apply. Can I fill out one application?

Each student must have their own separate application form.

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. Students work directly with professional musicians to explore a broad range of musical styles and genres. Once a month, students can sign up to perform in the Studio 57 Live concert series.

Where does Studio 57 take place?

Studio 57 takes place in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall at 154 West 57th Street.

When does Studio 57 take place?

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

What are the costs associated with Studio 57?

Studio 57 is free, and MetroCards and snacks are provided.

What is your attendance policy?

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. 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 student RSVPs, they do not need to RSVP again for future sessions.

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.

Who is eligible for 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.

Who leads Count Me In workshops?

Workshops are led by high-energy, engaging professional vocal teachers who are familiar with the developmental needs of middle-school students. Chantel Wright, Beatrice Anderson, Shanna Lesniak, and Andres Andrade are the current workshop leaders.

Where do workshops take place?

Workshops take place in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall at 154 West 57th Street.

When do 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.

What are the costs associated with Count Me In?

Count Me In is a free program. On the first day, participants are given a personal binder with the music they will study along with an information packet on NYC performing arts high schools, which they can take with them to take to their auditions. All participants are also provided with MetroCards and snacks.

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.

Can my child attend workshops from both sections?

Since each workshop is taught by a different instructor, students 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.)

What is your attendance policy?

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.

I am a teacher from a middle school applying for multiple students, or I am a parent who has multiple children that wish to apply. Can I fill out one application?

Each student must have their own separate application form.

How do I apply and what information will I need?

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:

  • School name, address, and phone number
  • Guidance counselor name, email, and phone number
  • List of schools to which the applicant plans to audition

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

Additional support is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Administration for Children's Services

Public support is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York City Administration for Children's Services.

Youth Opportunity Hubs

Carnegie Hall is a partner in The Door's Youth Opportunity Hub, funded in part by the New York County District Attorney's Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII).

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