"Magnetic North for new music lovers points to Bowling Green, Ohio."
                                                                                   —David Lang, 2012

The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music is an award-winning national center devoted to the study, performance, creative work and promotion of new music within the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. The mission of the center is to bring the local, state, national, and international musical communities together through research, performances, compositions and outreach programs.
At the the heart of the Center’s activities are the annual Bowling Green New Music Festival and the Music at the Forefront concert series. In addition, the Center administers a grant program in support of contemporary music projects and research at the College of Musical Arts, and organizes "New Music from Bowling Green" concerts featuring faculty and student performers at acclaimed venues around the country.

MACCM and the College of Musical Arts are proud to host the 2017 NEW MUSIC GATHERING, May 11-13, 2017.

New Music Gathering is an annual three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support and creation of new concert music.  

The focus of New Music Gathering 2017 will be on "Support." The conference appropriately features percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick—who, for the past 40 years, has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than 150 new works.

With concerts, lecture recitals, roundtable discussions, talks, and everything from composer-performer “speed dating,” to one-on-one consultations with industry professionals. #NMG2017 aims to be both a conference in the traditional sense but also quite literally a collective place for things to grow, improve, solidify and above all get personal.


For more information, visit the New Music Gathering web site!

Music at the Forefront

A showcase for exceptional performers of contemporary music

Watch this space later in the summer for the 2016-17 Forefront lineup!