The 2019 Application is now closed.
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Application Deadline: Thu, Mar 28, 2019 5:00pm EST
Program Dates: July 27–August 5, 2019
This summer marks our second annual workshop for music critics and journalists! Bang on a Can, our special guest faculty, John Schaefer (of WNYC's New Sounds), Will Robin (writer and musicologist), and 4 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.
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.
Testimonials and articles from the 2018 workshop are here: bangonacan.org/summer_festival/media_workshop.