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At Setting the Stage workshops industry experts share their advice, insights, and experience to help MSM students and alumni advance their careers.

About CME Events

Each school year MSM’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship (CME) produces dozens of informative Setting the Stage panel discussions and hands-on workshops. A range of music professionals and entrepreneurs, including many MSM alumni, share valuable career information. Past workshops are listed below.

Every student is encouraged to attend as many as possible; however, as part of their graduation requirements, students in many majors need to attend at least five workshops over the length of their degree program. Details are below, including opportunities to complete this requirement with off-campus events, plus webinars and podcasts. Be sure to explore the following drop-down menus by clicking on the “+”. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all of the CME’s offerings, including collegiate coursework and Setting the Stage programming, will be online.

Unless otherwise noted, all Setting the Stage events are open to all MSM students, faculty, staff, and alumni. For on-campus events, alumni are advised to RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to cme@msmnyc.edu.

UPCOMING CME EVENTS: SPRING 2021

Spring 2021 Events will be listed here, as they are scheduled.


PAST CME  EVENTS: FALL 2020

SEPT 14 | MON | 2:30PM – 4:00PM
TACTUS hosts the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA)
(Online)

  • IFCA members Niloufar Nourbakhsh and Bahar Royaee share insights about their music, the industry, and more.
  • Moderated by Margaret Kampmeier, Chair and Artistic Director, Contemporary Performance Program
  • Presented with MSM’s Contemporary Performance Program (CPP), during TACTUS rehearsal time.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

SEPT 16 | WED | 2:30PM – 4:00PM
Classically Black Podcast, with Katie Brown and Delanie Harris
(Online)

  • Founding members Katie Brown and Dalanie Harris discuss the ins and outs of building a podcast, and building bridges to and within the classical world.
  • Moderated by Margaret Kampmeier, Chair and Artistic Director, Contemporary Performance Program
  • Presented with MSM’s Contemporary Performance Program (CPP), during TACTUS rehearsal time.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

SEPT 28 | MON | 2:00PM
ALARM WILL SOUND

  • Alan Pierson of Alarm Will Sound discusses creating, and running a modern chamber ensemble.
  • Moderated by Margaret Kampmeier, Chair and Artistic Director, Contemporary Performance Program
  • Presented with MSM’s Contemporary Performance Program (CPP), during TACTUS rehearsal time.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT 8 | THURS | 10:00 – 11:00AM
Avoiding Pitchfalls: The Art of the Elevator Pitch
(Online)

  • with guest speaker Rachel Colbert, Strategic Fundraising Consultant and Arts Producer.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500 PN, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT 14 | WED | 2:00PM
Creating and Running a Chamber Ensemble
(Online)

  • Guest speaker Peter Seymour of Project Trio discusses the ins and outs of starting a chamber ensemble, with a focus on the business side.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT 20 | TUES | 12:30PM
Orchestral Life: Insight from Leonard Slatkin
(Online)

  • Presented by the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT 23 | FRI | 1:30 – 3:30PM
The Empowered Self-Published Artist: Understanding Mechanical and Performance Income and your Place in the Music Business Community
(Online)

  • with International Artist Development Mentor, Manager, Rights Activist and Events Producer Tinku Bhattacharyya
  • A special workshop for Jazz majors presented by MSM Jazz Arts.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT 27 | TUES | 2:00 – 3:00PM
Black in the Theater Part 1: “Entering the Industry”
(Online)

  • Guest alumni Jasmine Muhammad, Soprano (MM ’12), and Tesia Kwarteng, Mezzo Soprano (MM ’13) from MSM’s Black Creators Initiative discuss entering the theatrical industry.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT/NOV | DAY/TIME TBD
Black in the Theater Part 2: “Creating the Industry”
(Online)

  • Guest speakers Nilan, Associate Artistic Director of The Drama League, and Douglas Lyons of Lyons & Pakchar discuss creating art in the theatrical industry.
  • This event has been postponed until Spring 2021.

NOV 5 | THURS | 2:00 – 3:00PM
The Role of Digital Content Creation in Classical Music, a conversation with Aubrey Bergauer & Jessica Phillips

  • Aubrey Bergauer (CEO of Changing the Narrative) and Jessica Phillips (Faculty, Orchestral Entrepreneurship, clarinet, MET Orchestra) examine the increasingly vital role of digital content creation in the classical music business.
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Orchestral Entrepreneurship course.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 10 | TUES | 2:00 – 3:15PM
Intentional Adaptation: Pivoting in the Arts w/ Jazmín Morales
(Online)

  • Guest speaker Jazmín Morales, Assistant Director for Colburn’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact, discusses adapting creative careers for the current times.
  • Presented by the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 12 | THURS | 10:00 – 11:00AM
The Art of Finance and Budgeting
(Online)

  • with guest speaker Rachel Colbert, Strategic Fundraising Consultant and Arts Producer.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500 PN, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 13 | FRI | 1:30 – 3:30PM
The Empowered Self-Published Artist: Understanding Moral and Performance Rights, Why You Should Care, and How They Play a Role in your Career
(Online)

  • with International Artist Development Mentor, Manager, Rights Activist and Events Producer Tinku Bhattacharyya
  • A special workshop for Jazz majors presented by MSM Jazz Arts.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 17 | TUES | 4:00 – 5:30PM
The State of Opera: Part 1
(Online)

  • Guest speakers Alejandra Valarino Boyer (Director of Programs and Partnerships, Seattle Opera and Founder, BIPOC Arts), Brandon Neal (Associate Producer, Office of the President at The Juilliard School), and MSM Board Member Anthony Roth Costanzo (Countertenor) discuss the state of the opera.
  • This is part one of a two part series. Part two will be in the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Presented in collaboration with The MSM Cultural Inclusion Initiative.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 19 | THURS | 5:00 – 6:00PM
Social Media as Direct Audience Engagement, a conversation with Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Jessica Phillips

  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jessica Phillips (Faculty, Orchestral Entrepreneurship, clarinet, MET Orchestra) explore the impact of connecting with audiences through social media.
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Orchestral Entrepreneurship course.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

DEC 11 | FRIDAY | 3:00PM
All The Things You Are, with Lara Downes and Thomas Hampson
(Online)

  • MSM Artist Citizen-in-Residence Lara Downes, with special guest Thomas Hampson, discusses making a full and fearless life in music.
  • Open to all MSM students and alumni.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

Attending CME events is a requirement for certain degree programs. Please read the following information:

“All the Setting the Stage workshops give valuable insights for traditional and innovative career paths. They are equally valuable for their insights on the business models transforming our profession.”

President of Manhattan School of Music