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July 31 - August 13
Online + Los Angeles



We Are

Unlike Anything Else




I attend lots of festivals - I even did so during lockdown - and INMF2020 really stood out. I felt that the faculty of composers and performers were exceptionally generous with their time and knowledge. More than that, however, I felt that they had a clear and current focus on the world of music making, gave honest answers to difficult questions, and actually offered me practical, usable advice on how to further my career. I came away from every session feeling energised and motivated. I would strongly recommend this festival.



Can I apply to multiple INMF summer programs?

Absolutely. Because of the intensive nature of our programs, there are limited spots for fellowship and lesson participants, so some applicants choose to apply to both Fellowship Programs (i.e., both the Chamber and Brightwork programs) and/or for the Lessons Program. Applying to multiple programs at INMF is not a factor in our selection of participants, though if you are accepted into multiple programs for the summer you will be asked to select one to participate in.


What does a "Hybrid Festival" look like?

Our virtual festival is a response to the global pandemic, allowing us to continue to offer outstanding training in new music, while also keeping our faculty and participants safe. Festival events like lessons, masterclasses, workshops, and evening lectures are carried out live via our organization's Zoom tele-conferencing, with recordings of masterclasses, workshops, and evening lectures available for participants to view or review at a later time.

The final weekend of the Festival will have in-person events, including rehearsals of participants' works, masterclasses, and an opportunity to gain hands-on conducting experience. After the festival, the ensemble(s) record each piece so that composers leave with high-quality audio/video documentation of their music being performed. Those performances are streamed online (usually the weekend following the conclusion of the festival).


Are there stylistic restrictions for the piece I write or bring?

No, INMF prides itself on the aesthetic/stylistic variety of its faculty and participants.


What do we talk about in the lessons and workshops?

We believe that you know best what you need from our programs, so the one-on-one opportunities of lessons and instrumental workshops are open to whatever topic(s) interest you. Most composers use the workshops to ask instrument-specific questions to the performer about their piece, or try to gain a better general understanding of writing for that instrument. In lessons, some composers want to talk about the piece they are finishing for the festival, some want to look at other pieces from their catalog. Many composers use their lessons to talk about specific skills or topics, ranging from counterpoint to analysis to using electronics, or to career development topics.

In other words, we are here for you to get what you need from your time with us, whatever that may be.


What are the enrollment fees listed?

Impulse New Music Festival uses our status as a non-profit organization to fundraise and build partnerships during the year so that we can offer our critical services like our summer programs and workshops at little cost to you, the participants. As a result, these programs are heavily subsidized, and the remaining enrollment fees that you see listed for each program help us compensate our faculty artists fairly, produce creative programming of emerging composers, and build our organization and initiatives so that we can better serve the new music community.


Are there scholarships available to help with enrollment costs?

INMF is committed to helping break down socio-economic barriers to music education and training, so we work with participants by providing letters of support for institutional and private grants, and offer payment plans for our programs. Our organization also fundraises for a scholarship fund each year, in order to help those outstanding applicants who might not be able to participate in INMF without financial support. INMF Scholarships are limited and distributed at the discretion of the festival directors and faculty. Applicants may apply for our scholarships only after being officially accepted into an INMF program.



Impulse New Music Festival is committed to making high-caliber musical programming, creative training, and professional development opportunities financially attainable for everyone.

This is made possible through the generous support of our community--people just like you--as well as local and national organizations. If you want to support our programs by contributing, funding a scholarship in your name, or exploring other ways to support what INMF is doing, we would love to hear from you! Reach out to us at

INMF's 2022- 2023 Season has been supported by New Music USA, The Alice M. Ditston Fund, the Copland Fund for Music, California Nonprofit Performing Arts.
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