• Future Music Project

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Future Music Project?

    Future Music Project is a free after school program for teens interested in all aspects of contemporary music-making. Weekly workshops range from performance, songwriting, and digital music production to concert production and design. Teens from across New York City are taught to create, produce, and perform their own original music.

    Who can participate?

    Members must live in New York City and be between the ages of 14 and 19.

    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 (REW) at Carnegie Hall.

    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.

    I am having trouble creating a Carnegie Hall account in order to apply, or I cannot remember if I already have an account.

    If the applicant is under 18, a parent/guardian must create an account with Carnegie Hall to register the student. If you are not sure if you already have a Carnegie Hall account, click here to be taken to the registration page, where you will enter your email address. After clicking “continue,” you will either be prompted to enter your password for an existing account, or you will be asked to register for a new one. If you need further assistance, please contact futuremusicproject@carnegiehall.org.

    What is the Future Music Project Ensemble?

    Future Music Project Ensemble is a group of up to 20 teen musicians who come together to lead a youth-led, youth-run, and youth-produced musical collective. The ensemble supports its members’ musical, professional, and leadership development. Members compose and produce both digital and acoustic music, share their work in monthly Studio 57 Live shows in the REW, and serve as teen ambassadors at local community events. Future Music Project Ensemble members must live in New York City and be between the ages of 14 and 19. They are expected to commit to meeting up to twice a week after school in the REW for workshops that include songwriting and digital music creation.

    When do the workshops take place?

    Future Music Project Ensemble workshops take place from 4–6:30 PM on Tuesdays (excluding Department of Education holidays) in the REW. Members must also attend Songwriting on Wednesdays or Digital Music Production on Thursdays from 4–6:30 PM. The attendance policy for the Ensemble is the same as it is for all other Future Music Project workshops.

    Am I eligible to apply for the Future Music Project Ensemble?

    All interested students can learn more about the ensemble here. Future Music Project Ensemble applicants should have some experience in production or as instrumentalists, vocalists, or MCs.

    What is 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.

    Major support is provided by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust.

    Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Administration for Children's Services,  and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.


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