America Cantat 8

Nassau, Bahamas
August 21-31, 2016

IFCM Youth Arts Management Program

Application Deadline Extended through January 31!

Apply soon, limited space available.


What is the IFCM Youth Arts Management Program?

The Program, which runs August 15 – 31, 2016, is a training course that includes webinars, lectures, and on-the-job training. After a selection process, people aged 18 – 30 will take part in the Program. These young
managers will be included fully in the America Cantat 8 leadership team and will have roles of responsibility in the various offices of the Festival, under the guidance of two coaches and several faculty leaders in the global arts management community.

The program is open for young managers and arts administrators who are motivated to learn and develop their skills in international event management.

Participation conditions

There is a $30 application fee that can be paid through PayPal. Accommodations and meals while in the Bahamas are covered by the American Choral Directors Association; selected participants will only need to cover their airfare from and to their home countries. The primary language of all reading materials, lectures, and festival activities is English; applicants must be proficient in English to participate.


Please complete the application form and submit it, a CV, and a letter of motivation/personal statement to (subject line: Youth Forum Application) prior to January 31, 2016.


Selected participants will be informed by the end of February 2016. In order to secure their participation in the Forum, participants will be asked to submit a copy of their flight ticket before June 1st, 2016.


Selected young managers will be trained under the guidance and mentoring of America Cantat’s Festival Director, in conjunction with world-class faculty. These coaches will guide, help, and evaluate the participants before, during, and after the program.

Eden Badgett (USA)

EDEN BADGETT hails from East Tennessee where she grew up singing in school, church, and community choirs. Upon completing her Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus in Choral Conducting from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, she pursued a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While in school she studied under conductors Tim Sharp, William Carroll, Welborn Young, Carole Ott, Donald Neuen, and Jerry Blackstone. She has conducted concerts at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the Washington National Cathedral, and has sung under acclaimed conductors such as Simon Carrington, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter, and André Thomas. Throughout her career she has worked as a choir tour manager for national youth and collegiate choirs, and has served as music director for various churches throughout the Southeastern United States. From 2013 to 2015 she worked as the Content & Communications Manager and Board Liaison for Bravo! Vail, an orchestra and chamber music festival in Vail, Colorado that features the New York Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and caters to over 60,000 concertgoers annually. Currently Ms. Badgett works as the Festival Development Director for the American Choral Directors Association in Oklahoma City, and is the Festival Director for America Cantat 8.

In addition to her work in arts management and choral conducting, Ms. Badgett serves on the Board for Ignite OKC, a local chapter of a national non-profit that unites young entrepreneurs through social and networking events and brief educational talks throughout the city. She is an active volunteer with the metro library system, and advocates for V-Day International and the Rhodes College Peer Counseling Center.

Areas of Expertise: Arts Management, Content Marketing, Choir Tour Management, Choral Conducting, Vocal Pedagogy, Nonprofit Board Management and Communication, and Social Advocacy.

Contact Info
+1 405-232-8161