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Bang on a Can Media Workshop at MASS MoCA

An exploration of contemporary music criticism and journalism

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Application Deadline: Thu, Apr 4, 2024, 5:00pm EDT

Program Dates: July 27–Aug 4, 2024

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This summer marks our fifth annual workshop for music critics and journalists! Bang on a Can, our special guest faculty, John Schaefer and Terrance McKnight, and 6 writers in the early stages of their careers will gather at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA) to explore the role of criticism and journalism in today's dynamic contemporary music scene. Our aim is to help writers generate a vocabulary, syntax, and context that is most useful for readers/ listeners and to make modern music and criticism more accessible, welcoming, and exciting to all audiences.

two headshots: John Schaefer in a black t-shirt against a blue/purple gradient background, and Terrance McKnight in a blue suit jacket in front of a tree-lined street

The workshop will take place during the final week of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA -- a residency and festival for composers and performers (13 faculty, 30 performers, and 10 composers) and will include daily meetings with faculty and daily writing assignments. Additionally, participants will be "embedded" in the festival activities, attending rehearsals, workshops, and performances, enabling more insights into the process of bringing music to the stage.

More information about the program, testimonials and articles from the previous workshops are here: