Nikolas Schriefer (MM ’13) has launched a digital booking platform Stagelink that re-imagines how fans, venues, and bands connect.
Bassist Linda Oh (MM '08) is an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award winner whose 2009 debut trio recording was named one of the top ten albums of the year. Linda also teaches in MSM's Precollege Division and conducts jazz videoconference master classes.
Kento Watanabe (MM ’13) is writing a chamber opera featuring origami-like collapsible staging that expands the performance options and reach for the work.
Natalie Cressman (BM ’13) to launch the release of her second album, honed her publicity plan, re-branded her music, and successfully booked a two-week west coast tour with her band.
Entrepreneurs David Handler (BM ’04) and Justin Kantor (BM ’02) met in between orchestra rehearsals and went on to found NYC’s hottest new music venue, (le) poisson rouge.
Ivan Rosenberg (BM ’13) co-founded Candid Music Group, a “one stop shop” for independent musicians offering recording, videography, web design services and more.

Center for Music Entrepreneurship

Focused on turning ideas into action, the CME helps musicians develop the skills needed to create opportunities and successful, sustainable careers. The CME provides MSM students and alumni "next step" mentoring and inspiration toward innovative career paths, income streams, and business models that are transforming the profession.


Setting the Stage

Inspiring entrepreneurial speakers share their expertise and advice in this series of hands-on interactive workshops.

Career Advising & Entrepreneurial Coaching

The CME staff provides professional career coaching in a supportive environment. In individual sessions, students can explore their goals and create action plans for success.


Flexible internship opportunities are available for elective credits with leading NYC-area cultural institutions and businesses.


Graduate and under-graduate level courses provide the tools to help students pursue careers and fulfill their artistic goals.


Casey Molino Dunn, CME Director
Eric Umble, CME Coordinator

917 493 4502
Room 113
Meet the CME Staff



Upcoming Setting the Stage Events

Oct 11 | Tues | 11 am – 12:50 pm
Pforzheimer Recital Hall
Audition Success for Singers:
Insight, Strategies, and More

Navigating the world of competitions,
YAPs, and beyond…

with Edward Berkeley, Director of Aspen Opera Theater Center, and
Gayletha Nichols, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
presented with MSM Opera Theater

Oct 25 | Tues | 4 – 5:30 pm
Bossi-Comelli Studio
Orchestras: Today & Beyond
A discussion of the orchestral industry,
 where it is currently and where it’s headed

led by Conductor and MSM Trustee Leonard Slatkin (Hon. DMA ‘13) with New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien (Hon. DMA ’14) and New World Symphony President and CEO Howard Herring (MM ’78, Hon. DMA ’15), plus MSM alumni from the New York Philharmonic and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.