Call for applications – Bang on a Can Festival Summer Music Festival

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The composer collective Bang on a Can, the Danish Arts Foundation and Art Music Denmark are once again offering one Danish composer or musician a three-week residency at Bang on a Can’s Summer Music Festival in Massachusetts from July 10 – 30 in 2023.

The funding will cover tuition, housing and travel costs (between DK and USA). Application deadline: January 10 2023.

About the Festival

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival is a three-week residency and musical utopia for innovative composers and performers and takes place at MASS MoCA located in the beautiful Berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts. 

The festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music, and through seminars, workshops, concerts and performances accompanied by not least some of the most talented artists, composers and musicians, including Gregg August, double bass; Maya Stone, bassoon; David Cossin, percussion; Lauren Radnofsky, cello; Michael Gordon, composer; David Lang, composer; Brad Lubman, conductor; Nick Photinos, cello; Vicky Chow, piano; Todd Reynolds, violin; Ken Thomson, clarinets; Julia Wolfe, composer, and many more.

The program culminates in a 3-day blow out festival called LOUD Weekend.

In the course of Bang on a Can’s Summer Festival, the Danish participant will take part in a number of different activities:

  • Masterclasses and tuition. A number of the international music’s most talented composers and performers will teach the course, and participants in the course can receive tuition from several different tutors during the festival.
  • Daily physical activities
  • Collaboration with ensembles
  • Opportunity to experience the festival’s concert program daily
    Social activities, special guest lectures and more. Rehearsal facilities include electronic tools for composers, just as both performers and composers are encouraged to collaborate with other participants in the course and the participating ensembles. 

What is Bang on a Can?

Bang on a Can is a unique multi-faceted music organisation based in New York, that organises festivals, releases and concerts worldwide. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music. Bang on a Can challenges all notions of how a concert can be shaped, performed and evolved!

Application Process

Deadline: January 10 at 5:00 pm (NYC TIME) 2023

NOTICE: To waive the application fee in the payment section at the bottom of the application, please check the box “I have paid”, and write “AMDK” in the order number field. 

Bang on a Can appoints a jury that will select the Danish resident of the year. All applicants will be notified of the decision by email on or before February 28.

For further questions please contact,

Online application and more information available here:…tival/info_for_applicants/summerfestival

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