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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.

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.

You must be nominated by your private teacher/program director to be eligible.
Primary consideration will be given to students from participating programs:

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program
Baltimore-Washington Musical Pathways
Boston BEAM
Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Nouveau 
Cleveland Institute of Music Musical Pathway Fellowship
Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth Artists' Initiative
Nashville Symphony Accelerando

Questions? Send us an email at 

Summer Programs Initiative

NIMAN is partnering with some of the country's finest summer study camps and festivals to streamline the application process and help you find the program that best suits you. By using our application, you'll be able to apply to any participating program for which you are eligible in one click! You'll also be guaranteed financial support from programs to which you are accepted. Check out the full list of our partners on our website! You'll also find info packets on our partners, materials about summer study, and details about info sessions for you and for your parent(s)/guardian(s). 

Audition and application materials can be found 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!

For technical questions please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.