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Future Music Project
Weekly Workshops

Weekly Workshops provide opportunities for young people ages 14–19 in high school and up 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. Weekly Workshops are also available to young people in the justice system across NYC.

Concert Design

October 10–June 26
Tuesdays, 4 PM–6:30 PM

Students explore the skills and outlets necessary to develop a visual element to their music artistry. Alongside professional technicians and designers, students work to create exciting live performances, utilizing inventive lighting, projections, and staging. Through critical analysis and hands-on exercises involving music videos, choreography, album covers, and more, students work to create their own unique visual style.

Future Music Project Sampler Pack

October 11–June 27
Wednesdays, 4 PM–6:30 PM

Students have the opportunity to sample all of the Future Music Project workshops. In the fall, students learn basic musicianship skills and music appreciation before working on songwriting. In the spring, students learn the basics of recording, as well as audition and performance practices. Future Music Project Sampler Pack is great for students who are new to Future Music Project and want to try more than one workshop, or students want to learn basic musicianship skills.


October 11–June 27
Wednesdays, 4 PM–6:30 PM

Students learn the craft of songwriting with the help of professional musicians. Students learn how to arrange music for multiple instruments, draft original charts, and draw inspiration from everyday life into songs. Select songs will be recorded for an album, and students will have the opportunity to have their songs performed by peers and professional musicians. This is a multi-instrument class where vocalists and instrumentalists work side-by-side with professional songwriters.

Digital Music Production

October 12–June 28
Thursdays, 4 PM–6:30 PM

Students create original beats and learn basic sound engineering and DJ skills. Students also work with professional musicians, learn how to track and lay down original music while recording each other, and collaborate with their peers to compose and produce original works. Prior experience with music production software is recommended.

Additional Information

Weekly Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Carnegie Hall ensures that there is representation from schools in all five boroughs. All programs offered as part of Future Music Project are free and follow the New York City Department of Education’s calendar and approved holidays. A MetroCard and boxed lunch are provided for every workshop.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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

The Future Music Project Weekly Workshops include musical projects for young people in the justice system.

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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