Q: What the heck is this thing? What is "New Music?"
A: New Music Gathering is a three day event combining concerts, discussions, activities, and presentations about the world of New Music. Many folks who apply are creating and considering music based roughly in the Western Classical music tradition, but we're excited and grateful for applications from all folks who attempt new forms of experimentation or strive for a new cross-pollination of ideas in or around any genre or musical tradition!
Q: Ok, but how is the structure of NMG different from other music conferences?
A: We’re trying to take our favorite aspects of a conference (the meeting of minds, the fruitful discussions, the engagement with contemporary issues) and discard our less-favorite aspects (the trade-show atmosphere, the focus on self-promotion, the vendor fair vibe). Ultimately we want it to be a place for music-minded people of all stripes to meet and share ideas.
Q: But am I still encouraged to represent and promote my own music/ensemble/organization?
A: Absolutely! We’ll be organizing unique meetings and social events that encourage attendees to share what their practices and orgs are all about and to share their wisdom and experiences with like-minded people.
Q: What will I take away from the New Music Gathering?
A: We hope that people will come away from NMG with a feeling of having greatly learned from their fellow new music makers and thinkers, and with the satisfaction of having imparted their own wisdom to others, in a spirit of mutual support and friendship, so that everyone will return to working on their own projects with a new-found sense of excitement and creative vigor.
Also, they’ll have had a kick-ass time seeing a ton of great music and meeting a ton of great people.
Q: Ok, that’s all well and good, but it’s sounding a little wishy-washy artsy fartsy to me. What specifically will the NMG entail?
A: Generally, each of the three days have been organized with a series of presentations, short concerts, and discussions earlier in the day and a longer concert in the evening. Performances / discussions / presentations / activities will run a wide gamut of sounds and affects and cover a broad range of topics and formats, with a special focus on each year’s theme (previous themes have included "Artist-led Ensembles," "Community," "Support," and "Accessibility").
Q: What I want to propose doesn't line up in my mind with this year's theme... can I still apply?
A: Please do apply! We want to inspire you to think deeply into how your work might fit into an aspect or interpretation of the theme each year, but we do not exclude proposals that do not speak directly to our theme. Send it all our way!
Q: Who took all these fabulous photos on your site?
A: We love the NMG photographers! All of the photos you see on this site were taken by Tina Tallon and Austin Eamnarangkool, who are amazing.
Q: I'm from out of town - do I really have to shell out for an expensive hotel room to be part of this crazy thing?
A: We know it can be a huge financial burden to travel and find accomodation in a far away place. We always share and promote a New Music Gathering ride/couch sharing group on Facebook to see if folks can help each other lessen those costs a bit. If there are any specific questions you have (or ideas you'd like to share!) about how we can make New Music Gathering more accessible and affordable, please be in touch!
Q: How do I get in touch?
A: If you have a question or comment, you can email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please don't use the personal email accounts / phone numbers / mailing addresses of any of the organizers! It gets so confusing so quickly.) If you'd like to apply to this year's new music gathering, visit our Application page.
Q: I applied to previous Gatherings and wasn't chosen to participate – clearly my music is the worst / clearly NMG is excluding me on purpose / clearly I shouldn't apply ever again.
A: APPLY NOWWWWWW! We wish we had room to include every application's ideas, but we don't. There are so many reasons why we have to turn down fantastic proposals every year: technical resources, programing compatibility, budgeting feasibility...you get the idea. Several presentations that came to light and knocked our socks off at an NMG had been rejected in previous rounds. (PS. We think you shouldn't ever EVER take an organization's acceptance/rejection of your ideas as a measure of their value!)
Q: This looks cool, but I'm not really sure New Music Gathering would be interested in the stuff I do.
A: APPLY NOWWWWWW! We tried to keep the application as quick and painless as possible, so you don't stand to lose much time by sharing your musical ideas with us! Grab a cookie and cozy up to the Application page, why don't you...