Sound Thinking NYC (STNYC) is a free program offered by the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT) and the Mayor's Office for Media and Entertainment (MOME), in partnership with NY Is Music, a coalition of music industry leaders. Now in its second year, STNYC is part of a series of MOME initiatives targeting the under-representation of women in the entertainment industries.
The STNYC Summer Intensive is a free three-week long program that especially opens doors for young women in high school to explore careers in the music industry. The program is open to current 10th & 11th grade students who will be entering 11th or 12th grade in fall 2019.
STNYC empowers young people as they explore how to turn their passion for music into a possible profession in New York City's thriving music industry. Addressing gender equity and building leadership skills in the music industry is a core part of this summer program that includes hands-on activities in music production and field trips to venues and sound production studios.
Cohort-members participate in workshops focusing on sound engineering and production, music business and management, as well as leadership and communication skill-building using CAT's applied theatre strategies for engaging in topics around equity, critical thinking, self-efficacy, community-building and professional growth. Cohort-members will also receive opportunities to engage with music industry professionals through mentorship and panels.
STNYC is also a year-long college and career-readiness program that offers additional opportunities for all members of the summer portion of the program. STNYC Summer Intensive graduates will be invited to enroll in school year STNYC programming, including weekend workshops, music performances, and opportunities to enroll in college credit courses while still in high school. STNYC Summer Intensive graduates also will be offered opportunities for paid internships in the music industry in the summer of 2020.
The Sound Thinking NYC Summer Intensive program runs two summer intensive sessions:
Session 1 runs from July 9th to July 26th, 2019 Session 2 runs from July 22nd to August 9th, 2019
The program is open to current 10th & 11th grade students who will be entering 11th or 12th grade in fall 2019.
CAT's training and rehearsal spaces, at 101 W. 31st Street, 6th Fl, New York, NY 10001, will be the home base for this three-week, full-day (9am-3pm) summer program, which will include sessions at CAT as well as visits to sites throughout the city, such as Museums, music industry venues and sound production studios.
Metrocards for the three-week period and lunch will be provided.
Accepted students will attend free of charge, with additional free programs and workshops offered during the school year to the graduates of the Summer Intensive. Graduates of the 2019 Sound Thinking NYC Summer Intensive will be eligible to apply for paid internships the following summer, in 2020. Graduates who attend DOE schools may also have opportunities to enroll in free college courses, for college credit, during their junior or senior year of high school.
Sound Thinking NYC is open to all academically eligible students, without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristic protected by law.
Applicants will be informed whether they are accepted into Sound Thinking NYC in late May / early June.