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Welcome to the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network Applications Portal!

The National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN) is an organization committed to building equity in classical music through offering specialized mentoring and opportunities for BIPOC aspiring musicians and working with institutions in the field to dismantle discriminatory practices and policies. Our mission is to create a level playing field in classical music.

Common Application for Summer Study

We are excited to introduce an extraordinary initiative to increase access to summer study opportunities. In partnership with thirteen of the country's finest summer camps and festivals, we have created a common application through which NIMAN students can apply to any partner programs to which they are eligible. Please note that to be eligible to use the common application, you must identify as BIPOC.

Our Partners
Ascent International Chamber Music Festival (strings only)
Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (strings only)
Interlochen Arts Camp
Luzerne Music Center
National Orchestral Institute + Festival
National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute
National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
New England Conservatory Summer Orchestra Institute
Sewanee Summer Music Festival and String Academy

Learn more about our partners and find audition details at our website.

Your application fees are covered by NIMAN!
To apply to our programs, you'll need to sign our eligibility statement - send us an email at with any eligibility questions!

Chicago Youth in Music Festival:

A partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI), in collaboration with the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN), the Chicago Youth in Music Festival and National Pathways Summit will bring together over 100 students and institutional leaders from across the country. You'll spend three days rehearsing with CSO Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Lina Gonzalez-Granados leading up to an open side-by-side rehearsal with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Chicago Sinfonietta of Liszt's Les Preludes led by CSO Zell Music Director, Riccardo Muti.

Interested in applying? Learn more about application and audition requirements on NIMAN's website.

Only BIPOC musicians studying at partnering pathways programs who have been nominated by their program director are eligible to apply.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program
Baltimore Musical Pathways
Boston BEAM
Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Nouveau Program
Cleveland Institute of Music Musical Pathway Fellowship
Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth Artists' Initiative
Primavera Fund
Project STEP
Nashville Symphony's Accelerando
Washington D.C. Musical Pathways
Youth Orchestras San Antonio

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