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Future Music Project
Frequently Asked Questions

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: 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?

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.

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.

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 the 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.

Weekly Workshops

Who leads the weekly workshops?

Workshops are led by engaging professional musicians who are familiar with the developmental needs of high school students.

Where do the weekly workshops take place?

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

What are the costs associated with Future Music Project?

Future Music Project is free. Carnegie Hall covers the cost of music, materials, boxed lunches, and MetroCards.

When do the weekly workshops take place?

Weekly workshops take place every week (excluding Department of Education holidays) in the REW from 4–6:30 PM from October to June. Concert Production and Design meets on Tuesdays, Songwriting meets on Wednesdays, and Digital Music Production meets on Thursdays. There will also be three concerts scheduled throughout the year.

Do I need to attend all of the workshops?

Due to the strong emphasis on community, 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 emergencies may happen, and we ask that this be communicated to Carnegie Hall staff should the need arise.

What is your attendance policy?

All participants are expected to fully commit to the dates and schedule of the program for the entire school year (October–June). Students should inform faculty artists and staff about any dates they know they will not be able to attend.

If a participant has one excused or unexcused absence between Studio 57 Live concerts, they cannot participate in the next concert or Studio 57 Live concert. While we acknowledge that emergencies and other commitments can conflict with the ensemble schedule, we also want to honor the time and dedication of the rest of the ensemble members who are able to fully commit.

If you have three unexcused absences, your participation in the program will be up for review. Participants can make up time through volunteering in various ways throughout Future Music Project programming. Failure to make up time or additional absences can result in termination from the ensemble at the discretion of faculty artists and administrative staff.

How can I apply for weekly workshops?

Fill out the Weekly Workshops application form. Carnegie Hall program staff will review your application and place you in the appropriate workshop. Be sure to list your first, second, and third choices. 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?

Every student must have their own separate application form.

Studio 57

Studio 57 is an open space for teens ages 14–19 to explore their musical growth and collaborate in a master class setting. Students work directly with professional musicians to explore a broad range of musical styles and genres. Free workshops take place on Saturdays from 11–3 PM, and free MetroCards are provided. Students are encouraged to drop in on as many Saturdays as they would like. Once a month, students can sign up to perform in the Studio 57 Live concert series.

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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