Center for Music Entrepreneurship

Events and Workshops

The Setting the Stage series offers all MSM students and alumni workshops focused on their creative futures. Guest speakers share entrepreneurial tools and approaches needed to create rewarding and sustainable careers. Past workshops have included Social Media Mania, The Business Plan for Your Artistic Career, Building Your Fan Base, and Kickstarting Your Fundraising.

Spring 2015: Setting the Stage 

Landing a College Teaching Job

Jan 27 | Tues | 5:30 – 7 pm | Miller Recital Hall

From job search to job offer: how to position yourself for success, including crafting cover letters, CVs, plus interviewing. With collegiate faculty & administrators: Jeffrey LangfordTony MazzochiJosé Ramón Méndez, and Marjorie Merryman.

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For International Students: After Your F-1 Visa

Jan 29 | Thurs | 12 – 1:30 pm | Miller Recital Hall

The ins and outs of visa possibilities for living and working in the US after graduation. With immigration lawyer Matt Galati.

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Collaborative Pianists’ Tools for Success

Feb 4 | Wed | 7:30 – 9 pm | Miller Recital Hall

Networking, setting rates, websites & more. With MSM faculty and alums.

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Cultivating Individual Donors for Your Projects

Feb 10 | Tues | 5:30 – 7 pm | Miller Recital Hall

How musicians can attract and enlist supporters (beyond Kickstarter). With MSM’s Andrea T. Sanseverino Galan, VP for Advancement, John Blanchard, Director of Alumni Engagement & Advancement Services, plus alumni Anne Ricci Hiatt (Class of 2000, Voice), Opera on Tap Founder and web consultant, developer, designer and Anthony de Mare (Class of 1980, Piano), Concert Pianist and Faculty, MSM and NYU-Steinhardt.

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Windscape Plus: Open Rehearsal & Career Q&A

Feb 11 | Wed | 6 – 7:30 pm | Pforzheimer Recital Hall

Experience topflight artistic decision-making in a rehearsal of David Jolley’s transcription of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet; plus answers to your chamber music career questions. With Windscape, resident woodwind quintet, and pianist Adam Nielsen.

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Audio Mastering Master Class

Feb 12 | Thurs | 3 – 5 pm | Bossi-Comelli Studio

Allan Tucker shares how to get your best sound and fine tune your recordings. Presented by Jazz Arts.

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Taking Charge of Your Musical Future

Feb 25 | Wed | 1 – 2:50 pm | Miller Recital Hall

Alum Mariam Adam, Imani Winds’ clarinetist, shares strategies for creating your own career path, including insights on commissioning and creating rewarding community engagement work. Part of CME’s Practical Foundations course.

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Entrepreneurial Soloist: Creative Programming

March 18 | Wed | 1:50 – 2:50 pm | Miller Recital Hall

Alum Jenny Q. Chai, international pianist, details how themed and multimedia programming of diverse repertoire can transform an audience’s experience. Part of CME’s Practical Foundations course.

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The Art of Booking Shows & Tours

March 24 | Tues | 3 – 5 pm | Bossi-Comelli Studio

Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Neesley and other jazz musicians (TBA) demystify booking your own performances and tours.

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The Power of Music to Transform Lives

March 31 | Tues | 4:30 – 5:50 pm | Miller Recital Hall

Kent Tritle & guests (TBA) explore musical projects that improve communities and lives. Presented with the Choral Department.

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Composition Master Class & Career Talk

April 2 | Thurs | 3 – 5 pm | Bossi-Comelli Studio

Composer/bandleader Maria Schneider on the intersection of artistry & ingenuity. Presented by Jazz Arts.

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Entrepreneur Masterclass 1 & 2: Presentation Skills & Success Strategies

April 21 & 28 | Tues | 10:30 – 11:50 am | Mikowsky Hall

Pitching Like a Pro: the art of public speaking for musicians with David Via on April 21. Business Strategies for Artistic Success with guest speakers (TBA) on April 28. Part of CME’s Advanced Practicum.

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Fall 2014: Setting the Stage 

Professional Classes for Singers
various dates, September 8 – 18 | Miller Recital Hall
classes on Audition Techniques, Career Paths, Financial Planning, Fundraising, Managers, Mental Health, Networking, Public Relations, Resumes/Photos/Websites, and more; presented with Opera Theatre

Career Advancing Choral Work
Sept 11 | Thurs | 4:45 – 5:50 pm | Ades Performance Space
with alumni Philip Anderson and Amy Justman; presented with Choral Activities

an afternoon with eighth blackbird
Sept 19 | Fri | 2 – 5 pm | Miller Recital Hall
master class & entrepreneurial discussion; presented with the Contemporary Performance Program

Funding for Projects & Entrepreneurial Ventures
Sept 24 | Wed | 6 – 7:20 pm | Miller Recital Hall
with representatives from Chamber Music America, Fractured Atlas, and the Mellon Foundation

Launching & Advancing Your Ensemble
Oct 3 | Fri | 1:30 – 3:30 pm | Borden Auditorium
open rehearsal (1:30-2:45) and career discussion (2:45-3:30) with the American String Quartet and pianist André-Michel Schub

Inside the New World Symphony
Oct 9 | Thurs | 12 – 1:50 pm | Miller Recital Hall
with invited MSM alumni Howard Herring and NWS Fellows: Grace An, cello; Alex Love, horn; Daniel Tosky, bass
part of the Orchestral Entrepreneurship class, presented with Distance Learning

The Arts Economy and YOU
Oct 15 | Wed | 1:50 – 2:50 pm | Miller Recital Hall

with Tim Cynova of Fractured Atlas; part of the Practical Foundations class

The Art of Collaboration: Real World Communication Techniques
Oct 15 | Wed | 7:30 – 9 pm | Miller Recital Hall
with pianists Margo Garrett, John Forconi, Warren Jones; presented with the Accompanying Department

Audition Success for Orchestral Musicians (and others)
Oct 16 | Thurs | 12 – 1:50 pm | Mikowsky Recital Hall
with Noa Kageyama, performance coach; part of the Orchestral Entrepreneurship class

Getting a Buzz On: Promoting Performances & Recordings

Oct 29 | Wed | 1:50 – 2:50 pm | Miller Recital Hall
with publicists Amanda Sweet and Matt Merewitz; part of the Practical Foundations class

Finding Your Artistic Voice
Oct 29 | Wed | 5:30 – 7 pm | Miller Recital Hall
with MSM faculty Sara Caswell, jazz violinist; Mark Gould, trumpet; Catherine Malfitano, voice; Solomon Mikowsky, piano 

Alive Inside Screening and Conversation
Nov 4 | Tues | 12 pm – 1:30 pm | Miller Recital Hall
a viewing of the award-winning film that highlights the nonprofit Music & Memory's use of music to combat Alzheimer's and other dementias; presented with MSM's Office of Community Partnerships

For Composers: Copyright, Licensing, Royalties…
Dec 4 | Thurs | 3 – 4:20 pm | Greenfield Hall
with Jean Cook, Future of Music Coalition; part of Composers Forum

Singers’ Career Paths
Dec 5 | Fri | 1 – 2:50 pm | Pforzheimer Recital Hall
with MSM alumni; part of VX 900, Intro to Performance

Musicians on Call
Dec 9 | Tues | 12 – 1:30 pm | Room 507
Hear from Emma Marsden, Manager of Musicians on Call's East Coast Music Programs, about this stellar organization, with branches across the United States, that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities; presented by MSM's Office of Community Partnerships

Below are highlights from the 2013-14 school year.


Jan 24 | Fri

Creating the Life You Want

part of the Practical Foundations class

with MSM’s Todd Reynolds

1 – 1:50 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Jan 28 | Tues

Living the Life of the Professional Jazz Artist

presented by Jazz Arts

with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens

3 – 5 PM | Carla Bossi Comelli Studio - 610

Jan 30 | Thurs

For International Students: Life after F-1 Visa Status

with immigration lawyer Matt Galati of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP

4 – 6 PM | Carla Bossi Comelli Studio - 610

Jan 31 | Fri

Broadway Bound! Musical Theatre: Onstage and in the Pit

with MSM’s Carolyn Marlow, and other Broadway notables: Jeff Blumenkrantz, alumni music directors and pit musicians

3 – 5 PM | Miller Recital Hall


Feb 7 | Fri

For Emerging Jazz Artists: Insights on Booking Performances

with Peter Mazza, Music Director at The Bar Next Door

3 – 5 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Feb 13 | Thurs

Finding Your Artistic Voice - due to February storm, to be rescheduled in Fall 2014

with MSM’s Linda Chesis, Catherine Malfitano, and Solomon Mikowsky

4 – 6 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Feb 21 | Fri

Teaching in the Community

with MSM’s Christianne Orto, Kelly Sawatsky, and Elizabeth Young

3 – 5 PM | Miller Recital Hall


Mar 20 | Thurs

Social Media for New Music

with publicist Jennifer Volmer and NewMusicBox’s Frank Oteri, part of Composers’ Forum

3 – 4:20 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Mar 26 | Weds

Savvy Financial Strategies for Musicians

with Amanda Clayman of The Actors Fund, for everyone in entertainment (rescheduled from February)

2 – 4 PM | Myers Recital Hall (NOTE LOCATION)


Apr 1 | Tues

Secrets of Artist Management

with managers/consultants Ken Benson, Edna Landau, John Zion, and jazz publicist Matt Merewitz of Fully Altered Media

2 – 4 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Apr 2 | Wed

How to Raise Funds for Entrepreneurial Music Projects

Guests TBA, presented with Alumni Affairs

2 – 4 PM | on-campus venue TBA

Apr 24 | Thurs

Creating Your Own Path: Concert Series, Ensembles & More

with MSM’s Kent Tritle, Ronnie Oliver, and Casey Molino Dunn
plus Anne Hiatt of Opera on Tap and Beth Morrison of Beth Morrison Projects
part of Symphonic Chorus rehearsal

4:30 – 5:50 PM | Ades Performance Space

Fall 2013


Sept 16 | Mon

For Vocalists: The Artist’s View & The Manager’s View

part of Opera Studio’s Professional Classes

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM ’08) and Artist Manager / Consultant Ken Benson

9:30 AM–12:30 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Sept 17 | Tues

Photos, Résumés & Websites for Singers

part of Opera Studio’s Professional Classes

An interactive session on projecting your professional image and upgrading your promotional materials with Angela Myles Beeching and Casey Molino Dunn from MSM’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship.

9:30 AM–12:30 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Sept 18 | Wed

Essential Audition Strategies for Vocalists

part of Opera Studio’s Professional Classes

Gordon Ostrowski unpacks his key tips for vocal auditions.

9:30 AM–12:30 PM | Room 607

Sept 19 | Thurs

Financial Planning for Singers

part of Opera Studio’s Professional Classes

Learn essential financial strategies so you can plan for a successful future with Paul Kelleher, MSM’s Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration.

9:30 AM–10:45 AM | Room 607

Sept 19 | Thurs

More Secrets to Success: Networking, Donor Relations & Bios

part of Opera Studio’s Professional Classes

With MSM’s own experts: John Blanchard, Director of Alumni Affairs
Ronnie Boriskin, Director of Foundation Relations
Marc Day, External Affairs Assistant
Debra Kinzler, Director of Communications

2–4 PM Miller Recital Hall

Sept 20 | Mon

Getting Connected: Professional Organizations for Singers

part of Opera Studio's Professional Classes

Learn about what the National Opera Association, the American Guild of Musical Artists, Actors’ Equity, and OPERA America can do for your career.

9:30 AM–12 PM | Ades Performance Space

Sept 20 | FRI

Transitioning to the Profession: Alumni Tell All

part of the Practical Foundations classes

Hear from two recent alumni on how they are making life after MSM work for them, how they’ve handled the challenge of transitioning from school, and what has helped. With flutist Martha Cargo (MM ’12) and jazz drummer Kevin McDonald (MM ’12).

12-12:50 PM and 1-1:50 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Sept 24 | Tues

The Psychology of Peak Performance

part of Opera Studio’s Professional Classes

Learn strategies for handling stress and creating emotional balance on stage and off with MSM Counseling Center’s Shara Sand (BM ’83).

9:30 – 11 AM | Room 607

Sept 26 | Thurs

For Singers: Dress for Audition Success

part of Opera Studio’s Professional Classes

First impressions matter: Tips and strategies from designer Kathleen Doyle for presenting yourself professionally and confidently.

9:30–10:50 AM: men | 11:10 – 12:30 PM: women | Room 607

Sept 26 | Thurs

Finding Your Niche: Inventing Your Own Career Path

Hear creative approaches to moving ahead with the projects that fire your imagination.
With Mark Gould, trumpet faculty & founder, Pink Baby Monster and Chanell Crichlow (BM ’08), tubist & founder, PitchBlak Brass Band.

4–6 PM | Miller Recital Hall


Oct 3 | Thurs

Peak Performance Skills for Auditions

part of the Practical Foundations-Orchestral Performance class

Learn how to build the practice room habits that translate into success in auditions. Get help with your focus, self-talk, centering from violinist / performance consultant Noa Kageyama, who writes the popular Bullet Proof Musician blog.

1 –2:50 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Oct 10 | Thurs

Start-up Nation: MSM Success Stories

Alumni entrepreneurs explain how to launch a venture: how to overcome limitations and find resources, collaborators, and creative solutions. Hear tips for launching your career from violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95), pianist Adam Marks (MM ’03), and others TBA.

4–6 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Oct 18 | Fri

Career & Life Stories plus Tips for Success

part of Friends and Family Weekend & Alumni Reunion

Hear how MSM alumni have transitioned from school to professional life, and how their career paths have unfolded in unexpected ways, and how they’ve created their own luck. With violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95), trumpeter & founder of Loadbang, Andy Kozar (MM ’09), and others TBA.

10–11:30 AM | Miller Recital Hall

Oct 24 | Thurs

Negotiation for Musicians: Practical Tips for Unfamiliar Territory

Whether you’re negotiating performance fees, contracts, salaries, or a relationship, you can learn how to get to “win-win.” Hear practical skills to use on your next gig or interview from Peter Cobb, Program Officer, NYFA Learning/NYFA Consults, and Ross Michaels, record producer/songwriter/artist manager.

4–6 PM | Miller Recital Hall



Promoting Your Music Without Selling Out

Join jazz publicist Chris DiGirolamo of Two for Show Media for this lively session on how you can gain media buzz and fans for your live shows, recordings, and tours, whether you go DIY or hire a specialist.

3–5 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Nov 7 | Thurs

Legal Issues: Copyright, Licensing, and More for Composers

part of Composers’ Forum

How can you protect your music? How can you get paid for your work? How do ASCAP, BMI, Harry Fox, Sound Exchange, and copyright registration fit together? Hear from Intellectual Properties Lawyer Olivera Medenica, Wahab & Medenica LLC.

3–4:30 PM | Greenfield Recital Hall

Nov 8 | Fri

The Arts Economy: Who Pays for Culture?

part of the Practical Foundation classes

Ethnomusicologist and journalist Lara Pellegrinelli unpacks the economic forces driving the arts marketplace and how you can get a piece of the action.

12–12:50 PM and 1 – 1:50 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Nov 21 | Thurs

The Art of the Conductor-less Orchestra

part of the Practical Foundations-Orchestral Performance class

Find out from members of Concerto Köln, a European chamber orchestra—cooperatively managed by the players—handles its programming, outreach, marketing; plus learn how they found corporate funding, established their brand, and found success as a touring ensemble.

1–2:50 PM | Ades Performance Space


Dec 6 | Fri

Applying for College Teaching Jobs: Are You Ready for Prime Time?

Panelists will focus on how to prepare for job interviews, how to handle the “teaching philosophy statement” requested in college teaching job applications, and how to prepare for the classroom teaching demonstration that’s often part of the interview process. With MSM faculty Carol Aicher, Marjorie Merryman, Chris Rosenberg and Jeff Langford (moderator).

3–5 PM | Miller Recital Hall

Setting the Stage Credit

All Bachelor of Music students as well as Master of Music and Professional Studies candidates in Accompanying, Contemporary Performance, Orchestral Performance, and Orchestral Conducting are required to attend five Setting the Stage events by the time they graduate.

To receive credit for attending an on-campus workshop, students need to attend more than half of the event and also be present at the end of the session to have their MSM ID scanned.

Off-Campus & Webinar Opportunities

In addition to on-campus events, credit is available for attending select off-campus professional development events, especially through Chamber Music America, Fractured Atlas, the Foundation Center, Opera America, and other service organizations. After identifying a potential event, contact the CME at least three days before the event for approval and details about simple requirements to receive credit; they will be similar to the webinar requirements outlined below. 

Students graduating this semester who are unable to attend enough live events to fulfill the requirement can take advantage of web-based opportunities available through:
Chamber Music America
Foundation Center
New York Foundation for the Arts (webinars of 55 minutes or longer)
Polyphonic (webinars presented by MSM faculty are not eligible)

To receive credit students will need to use the links above to view webinars then complete this form after each webinar viewed: Friday, May 1, 2015 is the last day to submit write-ups to receive credit for May 2015 graduates.


Angela Myles Beeching, CME Director
Casey Molino Dunn, CME Deputy Director
Rosa Li, CME Coordinator

917 493 4502
Room 015, next to the main entrance
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