NEXTGen Musician

Teen Artistry, Leadership, and Advocacy! 

NEXTGen Musician is a paid apprenticeship open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors attending New York City public or charter high schools who have a passion for music. Students will have the opportunity to explore career pathways, in music and beyond, through workshops, masterclasses, performances, work-study opportunities, and career labs with critical thinkers in each field of study and extraordinary artists, including world-renowned virtuoso violinist, Midori! Alongside artistic development, teens will develop skills in advocacy by telling the story of the importance of music education, speak with elected officials with confidence, and stay involved. The program will culminate in the opportunity for each student to create an arts advocacy campaign and present it in the community. 

The program will run from January through May (5 month commitment) and students are expected to meet 2-3 hours per week after-school.


Program at a glance:

  • Program stipend
  • Optional, weekly music lessons on instrument of choice in person or virtual 
  • Create a culminating arts advocacy campaign aimed at policy makers and their influencers
  • Audit masterclasses, creative arts workshops, and performances of artists in the fields of music, media, among others
  • Monthly career labs and seminars on arts advocacy including lobbying, case building, grassroots efforts, public speaking and letter writing 
  • One on one mentorship opportunities with professionals in the field of tech and music production
  • Excursions throughout New York City to cultural organizations and events
  • Daylong team-building retreat to Hudson, NY art studios and Wally Farms
  • ABC studio tour and on-camera masterclass with Ron Claiborne
  • Tour of Morgan Library

For more information, contact Larisa Gelman, Executive Director