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Welcome to the Acceptd Application Portal for VPMF!

Virtual Percussion Music Festival provides world-class instruction to motivated young percussionists via a well-designed online festival that focuses both on expertise in playing and courageous thinking through mindset training.  Through VPMF, participants have the opportunity to interact with  industry leading artists and thinkers, who are often the gatekeepers to top conservatories and symphonies.  VPMF is unique, 100% online, and at the leading-edge of a new reality in music making.  Free from the limitations of location and travel, VPMF brings together artists from around the world to mentor and inspire the next generation of percussionists.

VPMF Program Overview

Each participant will receive:

  • 4 private lessons with Faculty Artists (60 minutes each)

  • 4 private Collaborative Thinking Sessions with the Artistic Director, Matt Richards (30 minutes each)

  • 4 group pods (45 minutes each)

  • 19 guided warmups with Faculty Artists and Guest Artists (60 minutes each)

  • 10 masterclasses (2 hours each) (each participant is guaranteed to play in AT LEAST two masterclasses)

  • 3 presentations (2 hours each)

  • Additional mock-auditions, instrument presentations, group viewings of concerts, hangouts, participant performances, pod presentations, and group practice sessions

  • Private Facebook group for community, collaboration, and accountability

  • Recordings of all lessons, studio classes, presentations, and masterclasses

Daily Agenda

*All times are CST, subject to change

10:00 am Daily guided warm-up with Faculty Artist or Guest Artist

2:00 pm Instrumental masterclass or presentation with Faculty Artist

5:00 pm Group activities (examples include group viewings of concerts, hangouts, mock auditions, participant performances, and group practice sessions)

Private Lessons will be scheduled in the time blocks before, between, and after VPMF events

For questions regarding the program or admissions, please contact

Fellowship Details
  • An independent panel of judges will select one applicant to be awarded a merit-based fellowship

  • The fellow is awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend VPMF

  • To be considered, indicate via the checkbox on your Acceptd Application


On or before April 1st: $2,700 (Spot and tuition rate can be secured with a $500 non-refundable deposit)

After April 1st: $3,200 (Spot secured with a $500 non-refundable deposit)

*Scholarships are available and are determined via a scholarship interview. Anyone can book a call to discuss their goals, their dreams, their setbacks, and to see if VPMF aligns with their vision. We are sensitive of the financial toll the pandemic has taken on musicians around the world, and we don’t want financial stress to be the reason a student chooses not to apply to the Festival. If you are interested in attending VPMF, but are concerned about the financial aspect of it all, we encourage you to schedule a call to talk about it with us! To schedule a scholarship appointment, please click the link below.*

Book Scholarship Appointment

For additional scholarship information please email

Important Dates:

February 11th: Applications Open

April 1st: Reduced Tuition Deadline

May 1st: Deadline for Fellowship Applications 
**We are still accepting general applications after May 1st, but they will not be put in for consideration of the Fellowship**

May 15th: Notification of Fellowship Results

May 21st: Tuition due for VPMF Participants

June 7th: VPMF Begins!

Notification of acceptance will be made on a rolling basis until spots are filled.

For any technical questions, please check out the Acceptd Applicant Support Help Desk