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Community Tracks


As an extension of Bemis Center’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, Community Tracks is Bemis’s latest initiative to advance the creation of new work by artists working in experimental forms of sound and music. Offered three times per year (Spring, Summer, Fall), Community Tracks provides artists and musicians currently living in the Omaha Metro area—within an 80-mile radius of Bemis—free access to Bemis’s rehearsal space, recording studio, audio equipment and instruments, and a full-time audio engineer to assist in the recording of new tracks. Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend to assist with related expenses, such as gear rental, mastering, collaborator fees, etc., that may be necessary to complete their projects.

To participate, eligible artists and musicians may apply through an open call application process. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed three times per year. All applications will be reviewed and selected by Bemis’s Chief Curator and Director of Programs Rachel Adams and Keith Rodger, Bemis’s Sound Program Technician. Applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks after the submission deadline.

Community Tracks is designed to facilitate the creation of new work by experimental musicians and sound artists, providing access to tools, expertise, and facilities that otherwise might be unattainable because of financial, social, geographic, or other barriers. The program aims to spark collaboration between artists and musicians passionate about creating and sharing their work, and to build a greater awareness and appreciation for sound art and experimental music in Omaha and the region. As part of Bemis’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, which will celebrate its 5-year anniversary in 2024, Community Tracks is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation.


Upcoming submission deadlines are:

January 4, 2024

March 8, 2024

June 18, 2024

November 1, 2024

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Community Tracks Stipend and what can I use the funds for?


I plan to move outside of the 80 mile radius of Omaha after the application deadline. Can I still apply?


Can I apply for funds for projects that have already happened?


Who reviews the applications?


Why are only musicians and/or sound artists allowed to apply for this funding?


I am currently a Bemis Alumni. Am I eligible to apply?


I’m having trouble with the online application form. Can I receive assistance with my application?


When will I be notified if I am accepted into Community Tracks?


Will the artists be announced publicly?


What do you require to issue my stipend?


Is this stipend taxable?


If I am applying as part of a group, how will the stipend be distributed?


Will Bemis Center give me the opportunity to share or perform my project at LOW END?


Community Tracks is generously supported by Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and


Bemis Center for
Contemporary Arts

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