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The CME offers graduate and undergraduate courses that provide tools to help students pursue careers and fulfill their artistic goals.

Practical Foundations: Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills

A core course that covers the practical “nuts and bolts” of a successful music career, including finances, self-presentation, publicity, and marketing for both new and traditional career directions. This one-semester class explores how to make a living while pursuing your deepest artistic goals. It also offers essential advice on finding your own niche and creating your own musical opportunities. (Offered in the fall & spring semesters.)

Orchestral Entrepreneurship

This course is designed to equip orchestral students with the knowledge and perspective needed to succeed as professional orchestral players in a changing industry. The class covers essential organizational, financial, and programmatic issues affecting orchestras and their entrepreneurial possibilities for the future. Includes guest speakers from the League of American Orchestras, American Federation of Musicians Symphonic Services Division (the Union), and others. Note: The course is designed for graduate students in the Orchestral Performance program and is also available to others with permission from the instructor.

Advanced Practicum in Music Entrepreneurship

A graduate-level course, focused on assisting students to plan and launch their own entrepreneurial ventures, whether this means creating a new festival, launching an ensemble, recording, or media company. The course will cover, in a supportive thinktank environment, feasibility, business plans and models, proposal writing, fundraising, and project management. (Offered in the spring semester.)


Flexible internship opportunities are available for elective credits with leading NYC-area arts organizations, performing ensembles, arts management and publicity firms, and other cultural institutions and businesses.
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“The CME connected me to an arts administration internship that significantly supplemented and complemented my on-campus classes and performances, this gave me additional experience to run my own new music ensemble.”