New Music Gathering 2021

– Proposal Submission –


Thank you for sharing your ideas!

The deadline for submitting proposals was Jan 31st, 2021, 11:59 PST

We are no longer accepting proposals for NMG 2021

Applicants will receive an email from NMG about their proposals in April, 2021.


New Music Gathering 2021, co-presented by American Composers Forum & New Music USA, will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 12-14, as well as online from August 12-18.

Given the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared to reimagine NMG 2021 as a hybrid or fully online event and are in constant communication with our partner Augsburg University to secure up to date information about the viability of each option.

Our theme this year is "Money?" - and yes we mean that question mark! Given the economic uncertainty of the arts right now, by naming this theme we invite our applicants to raise questions, offer suggestions, and share experiences that help us sustainably reimagine our creative community together!

NMG appreciates your applications, especially in a year where so much is harder than it should be and making or even having plans is a bit weird! As an incentive / thank-you for taking the time to share your ideas with us we’ll be choosing 40 applicants COMPLETELY AT RANDOM to receive $100. It isn’t huge but it will hopefully make itself useful in your musical and extramusical life.

The NMG2021 curatorial panel (Angélica Negron, Armando Castellano, Elena Moon Park, Garett McQueen, Jascha Narveson, and Mary Kouyoumdjian) will, in addition to accepting proposals as-is, place folks on panels that we assemble based on your submissions and our finding a common interest among you. We also often assemble concert programs from the different performance submissions we receive. There is no need to propose an entirely assembled program or panel discussion – space is limited and we try to bring as many voices to each concert/discussion/activity as possible. That said, if you have a longer or a more complete proposal in mind, by all means let us know! However, if possible, we strongly encourage you to offer the performance of a single piece of music that excites you or suggest a shorter activity/concept!


New Music Gathering is committed to broad inclusion and celebrates a diversity of perspective and practice; we aim to represent, by means of our curatorial vision, with accuracy and respect, the people that form the community we strive to serve. Please strongly consider this in your proposal.

We're afraid there is very limited funding for participant fees / travel / lodging / production. If your participation in NMG2021 would create financial hardships that would prohibit your attendance, please email a short description of your situation to and we’ll work with you as best we can!

***All selected participants will be given free all-Gathering passes and lots of love and coffee, real or virtual!***

Soundcheck time / tech setup time for in-person performances will be EXTREMELY LIMITED (we want to get as many people involved in the gathering as possible!) so please take this tight timing into account when you think about your proposals!

***You must be free all three days of August 12, 13, and 14, 2021!***

If you have any questions / concerns / outlandish comments, contact us at:

***PLEASE don't use the personal emails of the organizers!***

It just gets so confusing...





Angélica Negrón

Angélica Negrón is a Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist who writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys, and electronics as well as for chamber ensembles, orchestras, and choir. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. Negrón has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sō Percussion, and the NY Botanical Garden, among others. Upcoming premieres include works for the LA Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and NY Philharmonic Project 19 initiative.

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Armando Castellano

Armando Castellano is a French horn player, bilingual teaching artist, and arts advocate based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the founder, director and hornist of Quinteto Latino whose mission is to disrupt racial and economic disparities within the classical music field by championing the contributions of Latinos in the U.S. Armando is a master teaching artist providing bilingual residency services and trainings to students and educators nationally. His equity work is far reaching and tireless, giving talks and consulting on race equity in classical music, culturally relevant arts education and cultural expression in the arts.

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Elena Moon Park

Elena Moon Park is a multi-instrumentalist and a co-director of the Brooklyn-based arts nonprofit Found Sound Nation, which uses collaborative music-making to connect people across cultural divides. Found Sound Nation's most prominent program is a global music diplomacy program called OneBeat, which brings together sonic changemakers from around the world each year for a month of collaborative creation, performances and workshops. Elena also makes music for kids and families, specializing in reimagined folk and children's music from East Asia.

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Garrett McQueen

Garrett McQueen is a bassoonist who has performed as a member of the South Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He’s spoken on diversity and equity panels presented by the Gateways Music Festival, the Sphinx Organization, the Kennedy Center's Shift Festival and others. In addition to working as Executive Producer and co-host of the TRILLOQUY podcast, Garrett collaborates with arts organizations as an equity consultant, guest speaker, and curator, and serves on the board of the American Composers Forum as Equity Committee Chair.

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Jascha Narveson

Jascha Narveson was raised in a concert hall in Southern Ontario and put to sleep as a child with an old vinyl copy of the Bell Labs mainframe computer singing "Bicycle Built for Two." He now makes music for people, machines, and interesting combinations of people and machines.

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Mary Kouyoumdjian

Mary Kouyoumdjian is a first generation Armenian-American composer and documentarian whose work often integrates interviews with resilient individuals and field recordings which aim to invite empathy by humanizing complex experiences around social and political conflict. She has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alarm Will Sound, Roomful of Teeth, OPERA America, Beth Morrison Projects, and American Composers Forum among others. Kouyoumdjian is a cofounder of New Music Gathering, on faculty at Brooklyn College and The New School, and is proud to have her music published on Schott’s PSNY.

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