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            Press PLAY to learn about NEXT STAGE

    Supporting the next generation of Seattle area performing artists. 

    Take your arts career to the Next Stage!


    2017 cohort  | 2016 cohort


    Abbey Arts in Seattle presents NEXT STAGE, a professional development program for young artists 18-24. The ongoing program involves professional training designed to help emerging Seattle area musicians, performance poets, and visual artists grow towards a sustainable career in the arts.

    NEXT STAGE provides business & marketing advice for young artists 18-24 who are serious about their craft.

    Big thanks to program support from The Larsen Fund, Tableau Software, Ferguson Family Foundation, Newman Assistance Fund, 4Culture, and Via Tribunali Fremont.


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    guest speaker Kevin Sur of Artist Home (Timber, Doe Bay Fest) discussing Booking and Promoting to a packed house 2/21/17


    For Young Artists 18-24 years of age:

    (Must be 18-24 as of September)

    8-12 emerging artists will be selected for the Fall Session that runs September-April.

    Artists selected for the ’17-’18 session will be announced August 2017 

    Genres include:

    •  Musicians/Bands (all genres)
    •  Visual Artists (Paint, Pen,      Photo, Video)
    •  Poets (Spoken Word, Lyricism, Page)


    The Abbey has provided a creative space & early performance opportunities for many well known acts including Mary Lambert, The Gundersens (Le Wrens), Courtney Marie Andrews, Bleach Bear, Ben Fisher, Katie Kuffel, Coho, and more.

    We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, non-religious organization for people of all ages & incomes since 2005. 

    Program Includes:


      • Monthly industry workshops which include: business training in areas of booking, marketing, PR, and promotions plus advice & training on branding, website development, media use and more!
      • Access to mentors in your related field
      • Monthly offsite behind-the-scenes visits to Seattle’s leading arts venues
      • Video, photo and audio recording opportunities

        16 - '17 Next Stage Cohort with Program Manager Matt Gano

        16 – ’17 Next Stage Cohort with Program Manager Matt Gano

      • Performance & exhibit opportunities at major events with stipends and/or % of ticket sales paid to artists.
      • Rehearsal spaces available during select times, including use of grand piano, PA, etc.
      • Cross collaboration with other young artists
      • Creative & performance feedback from fellow artists & Abbey Arts team
      • Early VIP entry to industry workshops
      • Participants will put together a collaborative performance piece and perform at a special showcase event at the end of the term
      • Grants for licensed professional counseling from therapists (artists pay a small co-pay) via Artist Life Guild a separate 501c3 nonprofit.
      • + Free tickets to attend select Abbey Arts produced concerts
      • To encourage access from artists in the greater Seattle area, a modest travel reimbursement (bus/gas) may be available for qualified participants. Please feel free to ask in your application.


    SESSION 3: Fall/Spring ’17 – ’18 –  Beginning September 19, 2017

    The primary workshops & team gatherings will be held 1 to 2 times per month (with potential for additional meetings) on weekdays for approximately 6 months. Rehearsal time available weekdays generally. Public performance dates will vary.

    Willingness to commit to program length in its entirety is required.

    Workshops will primarily be held at Fremont Abbey Arts Center (in upper Fremont on the #5 and E line) with some activities potentially at Ballard Homestead and other venues around Seattle.

    Travel stipends may be available for those who qualify (within the Seattle area).

    All participants who successfully complete the program and fulfill program commitments will be awarded a, NEXT STAGE Training Program Certificate of Completion; which may assist with future bookings and performance opportunities.

    [NOTE: We require all performers and program participants to adhere to the Abbey Arts respect policy – see www.abbeyarts.me/about]

    Fremont Abbey Arts Center is an all-ages venue


    An industry panel will review applicants based on financial need, skill level, commitment to career, interest in collaboration, and expressed desire to learn.

    Note:  Next Stage is not designed to provide training in art, music, poetry or other craft. Referral to outside classes, voice lessons, instruction, etc. may be available however.

    How to Apply: 

    Applications now CLOSED for ’17 -’18 Session 

    1. Read the INFO above
    2. Fill out the Google FORM below  { Mobile Friendly Version }

    Questions?  Email or call Matt Gano our Program Manager – youth(at)fremontabbey.org / 206-414-8325 (office hours typically T-Th 12-6pm)