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

    4272 Fremont Ave North
    Seattle, WA 98103

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    Supporting the next generation of Seattle area performing artists. 

    Take your craft to the Next Stage!

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

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    NEXT STAGE 2017 Young Artist Showcase 4/8 – 6pm

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    The 2016 cohort of Abbey Arts’ Next Stage Program – was a stout mix of talent. This group of amazing up-and-coming young artists covered the gamut; from spoken word and fine art, to rock and experimental music, to eye-popping digital media and photography.

    Take a look/listen for yourself and help support the next generation of Seattle artists!

    Qin Tan – www.qintan.net
    Jack Carroll (Jack Tusk) – soundcloud.com/jacktusk
    Sienna Burnett – www.siennaburnett.com
    Tom McGahern – crews.bandcamp.com
    Abe Poultridge – https://www.instagram.com/abeabes/
    Abigail Hagan- http://www.abigailhagan.com
    Natalie Reitz – www.nataliejreitz.com
    Anna Freedman – https://soundcloud.com/anna-freedman/i-wanna-little-sugar-in-my-bowl        Grace Witherell – http://www.gracewitherell.com/about-grace/


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


    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.

    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).

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    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. 

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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:

    (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)

    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/Winter ’17 –  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.


    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 

    1)  Send us a quick a 1-2 minute video “digital cover letter” with subject line “NEXT STAGE” to  youth(at)fremontabbey.org  – expressing your interest and how/why you feel you will benefit from this program. (Upload as an attachment.)

    **A written “cover letter” is also acceptable in place of a video if you prefer. (250 words max.)

    2) Include in your email:
    – a few sentences about your artistic career to date
    – your hopes & plans for your artistic future
    – your financial situation and current need for this program
    – work samples – web link(s) to current works of music, poetry, or art. Blog or demos ok.

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