EM Nova Fellowship

The EM Nova Fellowship is a student-led music presenter managed by fellows who program, promote, and produce new original artistic presentations, overseen by the EM Department and NEC Administration.

Fellows work together to develop an artistic mission and design performance experiences that fulfill it; each fellow also works under the tutelage of their counterpart within the NEC administration in their particular area of responsibility.

The EM Nova Fellows have access to a discretionary budget to hire additional NEC student musicians and pay costs related to booking, promotion, or other concert materials. Fellows are responsible for all nonprofit management tasks including but not limited to producing, marketing, ticket sales, additional personnel hiring, and reporting to a board.

In past years, the Nova Fellows have produced events including ShapinGroove and MOSAIC. In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020-2021 Nova Fellows will operate as a media label, releasing and promoting the new original work of NEC students to audiences in Boston and beyond.

The yearlong fellowships are open to any returning NEC student in any discipline.  The application consists of essay questions, a resume that shows related experience, and an in-person interview and audition. Fellows each receive a $2,000 stipend for the year; workload mirrors the time commitment and compensation of a 4-6 hour/week work study position.

Apply to be a 2020-21 Nova Fellow

2019-2020 em nova fellows

Executive Director Andrew Barnwell

Marketing Director Kennedy McAlister

Finance Director Heather Milberger

Engagement Director Kebra Seyoun-Charles

Production Director Erez Dessel


2018-2019 em nova fellows

Executive Director Julia Cohen

Marketing Director Cordelia Tapping

Finance Director Andrew Barnwell

Engagement Director Tyler Martin

Production Director Nick Rosario