Upper Fremont at 43rd
    On the #5 bus line and short walk to E line

    4272 Fremont Ave North
    Seattle, WA 98103

  • Contact Us

  • donate




  • Thanks to Tableau Software

    Thanks for supporting the Arts!
  • Bar Sponsors

    Thanks to Two Beers, Seattle Cider, Georgetown, Wilridge Winery, Sound Spirits, Ninkasi, Proletariat for their amazing support.
  • Thanks for supporting the Arts!
  • Folktown & Madres

    Thanks to Folktown Counseling for sponsoring the Round and to Madres Kitchen for catering the artist meal.


            Press PLAY to learn about NEXT STAGE

    Supporting the next generation of Seattle area performing artists. 

    Take your career in the arts to the Next Stage!

    (NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL ’17 – see further info below)

    DEADLINE JUNE 20th 201701 Next Stage apply button


    The 2017 cohort of Abbey Arts’ Next Stage Program


    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.


    FullSizeRender (1)

    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:

    (17 year olds may apply if they will be 18 by the time the program begins in September.)

    8-10 emerging artists will be selected for the Fall Session.

    Genres include:

    •  Musicians/Bands
    •  Visual Artists (Paint, Pen,      Photo, Video)
    •  Performance 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:

      • Business training in areas of booking, marketing, PR, and promotions
      • Advice & training on branding, website development, and media use
      • Some video, photo or audio recording opportunities


      • Performance & show opportunity for all artists at major events with stipends and/or % of ticket sales paid to artists.
      • Rehearsal spaces available during select times, including use of piano
      • Cross collaboration with other young artists
      • Creative & performance feedback from fellow artists & Abbey Arts team
      • Entry to industry workshops
      • Participants will put together a collaborative performance piece and perform at a special event
      • Free tickets to attend Abbey concerts
      • Grants for licensed professional counseling from therapists (artists pay a small co-pay) via Artist Life Guild a separate 501c3 nonprofit.
      • 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 2017

    Workshops or gatherings will be held about once a month 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. Some 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.


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

    Note: We are not able to provide training in craft itself. Referral to classes, voice lessons, instruction, etc. may be available.

    How to Apply: 

    Applications Open NOW! – DEADLINE June 20th 2017 

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