New England Conservatory NOW (NEC NOW) is a newly formed, inclusive community made up of vibrant young professionals dedicated to sharing NEC’s cultural and social impact throughout the city of Boston.

NEC NOW invites you to: 

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Attend NEC NOW events

Join the NEC NOW community at unique in-person and virtual events throughout the year. NEC NOW events reinvent the usual narrative around classical music performances while giving audiences behind the scenes access to incredible musicians.

Participate in the NEC NOW funding opportunity

Impact the world of music and the world through music by supporting the NEC NOW annual fund. This year, NEC NOW's goal is to fulfill two Entrepreneurial Musicianship (EM) Grant Awards for current students and two EM Spark Alumni awards for NEC alumni.

The EM Grant funds innovative and impactful projects and helps to develop skills critical to the success of NEC students, such as: communicating a vision, creating a production plan, developing a marketing strategy, and balancing budgets. The competitive application process is modeled on real-world grants. Students are coached by the EM Team through every step of their application, from the first draft to the final pitch.

Make your gift today

*Under "In Support Of", select "Other" from the drop down menu. A text box will appear - please write in "EM NEC NOW Fund". Continue to fill out the rest of the form.

Past winners include:

Trio Gaia - Andrew Barnwell, Yi-Mei Templeman, Grant Houston
Commission: Engage
To inspire audience engagement, Trio Gaia commissions, performs, and records an interactive work for piano trio. Trio Gaia is Andrew Barnwell, Yi-Mei Templeman, Grant Houston. 

Naledi Masilo
The Dreaming Girls Music Conference
The Dreaming Girls Music Conference is a three-day conference experience that will focus on engaging female musicians with social issues.

Matthew Shifrin
Virtual Reality for the blind. Surround-sound super-hero radio-drama with haptic feedback.

View more Grant Projects

Become a cultural ambassador within the Boston community

As a member of NEC Now, you are connecting the City of Boston with NEC. Share NEC NOW events and news with your networks through social media channels.

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NEC NOW Advisory Group Members 

Gyasi Barber '13
Steffanie Bristol
Malcolm Campbell '11
Conor Fernandez
Kevin Li '19
Stephen Loder
Samantha Ory
Meghan Purdue
Richard Tannenbaum
Dan Tarjan

Want to learn more?

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