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COVID-19 Announcement

The NMB Board of Directors is currently monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in anticipation of our annual festival. The health and safety of our participants is a primary concern to us, as is maintaining the well-being of our communities and society at large. 


As of March 11, 2020 we intend to go forward with the New Music on the Bayou Festival as planned. The current health crisis is obviously an extremely fluid situation with new information coming out daily. We will continue to monitor the situation and release updates on any intended response or change to our plans. We are currently investigating ways to mitigate the effects of the current health crisis on our festival and looking at adjustments we might make in response to various scenarios. We know this pandemic will likely affect some travel plans and the availability of some composers. We will work to find solutions to such difficulties as they arise.


As always our goal is to enlighten our region with new ideas about music from around the world. We hope to continue that this year and beyond.


We encourage those concerned to visit the following websites for tips and travel recommendations:


World Health Organization (WHO)         

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Call for Scores

The New Music on the Bayou 2020 Call-for-Scores has closed. Check back soon for updates on works selected for the 2020 Summer Festival.

NMB Scholarships

To be considered for one of our $1000 scholarships, submit an essay (maximum 1 page) describing: 1) your need for financial assistance; 2) how this festival will benefit you; and 3) how your inclusion will enhance the diversity of the festival.

A letter supporting your scholarship application from a mentor or friend is also required. The application for the scholarships is completed in conjunction with your festival submission. Our call for scores and the application process will open January 1, 2020. Apply here.

New Music on the Bayou (“NMB”) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Louisiana and headquartered in Monroe, LA. Coordinated by Mel Mobley and Greg Lyons, the organization was formed to bring its namesake summer festival to the community for the first time in 2016.
producing professional performances of works by contemporary composers + giving modern music a voice + inspiring communities with fresh ideas about the performing arts
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