soundSCAPE 2021 will take place in-person and online July 7-19th! Applications will open on March 16, 2021.

CLICK HERE for more information on our 2021 festival!


soundSCAPE 2021 Internship Opportunity
An exciting opportunity in Arts Administration! soundSCAPE festival is seeking one organized and tech savvy individual for a unique opportunity to gain insight into the day-to-day administration and execution of an international festival in beautiful Italy. soundSCAPE enables, supports, and nourishes composition and performance exchange at the global level bringing composers and performers together to create new works and make music together in Cesena of Emilia-Romagna region. The faculty is comprised of new music experts in composition, performance, improvisation, entrepreneurship, and music technology. soundSCAPE has taken place annually in Italy since 2004 (Cortona, Pavia, Maccagno, Cesena). In 2021, the festival will take place in Cesena in collaboration with Conservatorio Bruno Maderna, with a planned hybrid format for those who wish to participate online.

soundSCAPE is a nonprofit new music organization based in the United States (registered as 501(c)3 in the state of Virginia). soundSCAPE does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and release of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, visitors and guests.

Call for applications
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Please submit your letter of interest, resume (2 pages) and contact information for 2 references.
Subject of Email: Applicant Name – soundSCAPE 2021 Internship

2021-2022 soundSCAPE Internship
Total hours: 130 (30 hours prior to the festival; 80 hours during festival and 20 after the festival)
Schedule: March-April 30 hours, June-July 100 hours

Festival attendance and participation; free lodging in Cesena, Italy and US $500 honorarium. Flight/travel expenses for the festival will not be covered should you choose to attend the festival in person. soundSCAPE alumni are given priority consideration. Remote participation is possible to assist with this year’s hybrid version of the festival, should you choose to not attend in-person. If completing the internship remotely, the intern can participate in all online components of the festival including masterclasses, workshops, and lessons.

Responsibilities during soundSCAPE Festival – July 7 – 19, 2021
Responsibilities include effective blogging and posting on Facebook and Instagram. This individual should be experienced in social media and comfortable with technology. A key element of this internship is to generate the internet traffic needed for recruitment and documentation for the success of the festival. Experience with video recording and broadcasting is required, preferably with experience with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). Prior to the festival, this person will produce weekly postings on FB, Instagram to promote the festival. This person must be good with people and have the ability to help with participant recruitment. The ability to work independently and be able to respond to emails within 48 hours is greatly valued in this position.

During the festival, this intern will:
Attend daily staff meeting with Artistic Director;
Produce daily postings on FB, Instagram;
Help out with festival documentation and event production;
Broadcast concerts and lectures;
Help out with any other tasks required in order to produce a successful festival.

2020 Video Highlights:

A Conversation With Ursula Oppens, Moderated by Tony Arnold

“Lament for the Makers” by Luke Carlson, Performed by Felix Fan 

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel to view more festival performances.

Support soundSCAPE

soundSCAPE is a nonprofit organization and a labor of love, which means that most of our faculty donate their time and expertise to the festival each summer. Like most other arts organizations, COVID has impacted our ability to raise revenue. Although the festival was not able to happen in Italy this year, there are certain costs that keep the organization going throughout the year as we plan and hope for soundSCAPE 2021. We hope that you feel as strongly about the value of the soundSCAPE community as we do, and would like to ask you to consider making a donation, which will support the infrastructure that brought this year’s mini-festival to life. You can make your online donation here


About soundSCAPE:

soundSCAPE facilitates the flowering of new music and the exchange of ideas and culture between musicians of tomorrow’s generation. We attract composers and performers from around the world for two weeks of concerts, lectures, master classes and workshops. The essence of the festival is one of process and collaboration – giving rise to new music initiatives that have flourished long beyond the festival, all around the globe. soundSCAPE supports diversity in the arts through all aspects – including our programming, faculty, staff, and participants. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all involved in the festival. We approach all music with open ears and a passion for making your voice heard… please join us for a celebration of new music!

soundSCAPE is hosted by Conservatorio Bruno Maderna, Paolo Chiavacci, conservatory director.