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Future Music Project Ensemble

Future Music Project Ensemble is a collective of the brightest young musicians from across New York City. In this youth-led ensemble, teens bring their unique musical styles and learn the skills they need to create, perform, and produce original music. The ensemble is composed of students ages 14–19 (high school and up).

An audition-based music collective of up to 15 young musicians, Future Music Project Ensemble is as diverse and vibrant as New York City itself. The ensemble aims to create an aspirational place for exceptionally talented teens to develop music and ideas and share them with the world. Ensemble members are expected to commit to performing in 19 concerts and coming to Carnegie Hall after school throughout the week. All members meet on Tuesdays for workshops from 4 PM–6:30 PM, with additional rehearsals scheduled around events throughout the year.

During the 2018–2019 school year, ensemble members will

  • share work in monthly Studio 57 Live concerts
  • perform in a concert on Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
  • record professionally produced albums
  • make music with award-winning artists that include Fred Hersch and members of Snarky Puppy

Application Information

Future Music Project invites young people ages 14–19 (high school and up) to apply to audition for Future Music Project Ensemble during the 2018–2019 school year.

All application materials must be submitted using an online form administered by Acceptd, a service that provides a digital audition platform to many performing arts schools and programs. In order to start the FMP Ensemble application, you will need to create an Acceptd account. (If you already have one, you can start a new application using your existing account.) Once you have created an Acceptd account, you will be able to save your progress at any time. If this is your first experience with an online digital audition service, we encourage you to allow enough time to upload and review the required application videos to make certain they represent your playing as effectively as possible.

Ensemble members are encouraged to attend a Studio 57 workshop (Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM) where they will have access to music equipment and Carnegie Hall staff support for their applications. Application support starts on December 9 and continues until applications close. Ensemble members are also featured on all Studio 57 Live concerts. Learn more about Studio 57 and view the Studio 57 Live schedule.

Important Dates

  • September 19: Ensemble retreat starts
  • September 28: Last day of ensemble retreat
  • October 7: Future Music Project kick-off concert
  • October 10: Ensemble rehearsals start
  • December 4: Applications open for the 2018–2019 school year
  • December 9: Ensemble application support starts at Studio 57
  • December 9: First ensemble offsite performance in NYC
  • January 20: Second ensemble offsite performance in NYC
  • February 3: Third ensemble offsite performance in NYC
  • February 10: Winter concert
  • March 11: Creative learning project concert, A Time Like This: Music for Change, in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
  • April 9: Applications for the 2018–2019 school year close
  • May 21: Spring concert rehearsal
  • May 22: Spring concert
  • June 8–9: Ensemble auditions
  • June 14–21: Ensemble auditions
  • June 16 and June 18: Tour with Fred Hersch

Applications for the Future Music Project Ensemble are now closed. To apply for the 2019–2020 Ensemble, please check our website in early December.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

If you have additional questions, please email or call 212-903-9625.

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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