– NMG2021 – Proposal Submission
– New Music Gathering 2021 – Proposal Submission –
We're so excited to hear your ideas!
Deadline for submitting proposals is Jan 31st, 2021, 11:59 PST
*****Create and save your work LOCALLY on your own computer as you go!*******

New Music Gathering 2021, co-presented by American Composers Forum and New Music USA, will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 12-14, and 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 newmusicgathering@gmail.com 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: newmusicgathering@gmail.com
(***PLEASE don't use the personal emails of the organizers! It just gets so confusing!***)
Email address *
What is your name? *
What are your pronouns? *
"she/her/hers" or "they/their/theirs" etc.
If you're submitting an idea for your ensemble / organization, what is its name?
By what name would you want your proposal to appear in an *ABBREVIATED* NMG schedule? *
name of performer/ensemble or title of talk/panel/activity. *RESPECT AN 8-WORD LIMIT*
What is your email address? *
This email address will be THE *ONE AND ONLY* CONTACT ADDRESS FOREVER for your/your organization's NMG2021 life
Do you / does your organization / ensemble / acrobatic troupe have a website?
No individual links to work samples, please - that'll be below!
Please describe ideas that interest you surrounding this year's theme of "Money?". Please also describe any particular perspective or expertise you want to share in discussing your ideas. *
Can be short! (max character length: 550) Something like "How my funding models / income streams have changed over the years." or "How we raised the money to make that first concert happen!” or "How we figured out who gets paid what in our band / ensemble / organization / collective" or “My wacky but plausible plan for funding new music projects made by unsung voices in my community” or “What are things you wished people/orgs/institutions were more transparent about, and how can your proposal offer a route to that transparency?” or “What are the ways in which we put monetary value on music making?” or ANYTHING ELSE that this theme implies to you!
Where are you based? *
Give (City, State, Country) please!
How will you or your project contribute to furthering the diversity of the New Music Gathering community? *
Is your proposal for an event in the physical world or the online world? Can it be adapted to be shared effectively in either world? *
Would your proposal benefit from / be appropriate for an outdoor public setting? *
Tell us the kind of event you're proposing *
Please give a SHORT (120 characters max) description of your proposed event or performance *
You'll have lots more room to describe your stuff below, don't worry!
How many folks (including you) are involved in your particular presentation? *
Like - how many bagels should we buy?
Estimate a range of how long your event/performance could be *
Give your estimated range in minutes, please (ex: "5min-25min")! Don't worry if you're 5 minutes! that's cool!!
Ok, give us your pitch! What are you going to share with us? (Character limit: 1000) *
Feel free to give / describe links to work samples in this text. You can give those same links again in the fields below.
Work sample 1? (if applicable)
Only links to remote hosted content, please! (nothing that needs downloading!)
Work Sample 2?
Only links to remote hosted content, please! (nothing that needs downloading!)
Give us a rough idea: what kind of technological support would you need to make your event's dreams happen in the physical world? *
Please be as specific as possible! ("None" is a totally fine answer, but let us know even if you only need podium or white board!)
What is your favorite on-the-go breakfast food? *
Be honest.
NMG hopes to have an understanding of who applies year to year, and so we invite you to offer any demographic information you'd feel comfortable sharing with any identifiers that feel right to you. Information will be available to our review panel and is completely voluntary.
How do you see yourself relating to the content of your proposal? Does your work engage with cultural traditions, references, or ideas? If so, tell us why, and how they’re important to you.
How did you hear about the New Music Gathering? *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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