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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 “+”. 

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

Unless otherwise noted, all online Setting the Stage events are open to MSM students, faculty, staff, and alumni. For on-campus events, due to current restrictions, only current in-person MSM students, faculty and staff are open to attend. RSVP links for each event are provided below.

UPCOMING SETTING THE STAGE EVENTS: SPRING 2022


JAN 28 | FRI | 1:00 – 3:00 PM
For International Students: Life After F-1/J-1 Visa Status
(Online)

  • The ins and outs of visa possibilities for living and working in the US after graduation, with immigration lawyer Matthew Galati.
  • Presented with MSM’s Office of International Student Services.
  • To RSVP for this event, visit the ISS page of your student portal.

FEB 22 | TUES | 10:00 – 11:50AM
Embracing Flexibility, with Theo Bleckmann
(A401/402)


MAR 14 | MON | 12:30 – 2:15PM
Discussion with Meredith Wong of connect2culture®
(Online)

  • With guest Speaker Meredith Wong, (Director of connect2culture® and Professional Education at CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving)
  • “Connect2Culture creates unique cultural opportunities for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Ms. Wong will discuss best practices for engaging audiences impacted by Alzheimer’s/dementia.”
  • All are encouraged to attend this remote discussion. Zoom details will be sent in your confirmation email
  • Click here to RSVP for this event

APR 11 | MON | 10:00 – 11:50AM
A Conversation with Rio Sakairi, Artistic Director and Director of Programming at The Jazz Gallery
(A401/402)

  • As Artistic Director and the Director of Programming at The Jazz Gallery, Rio Sakairi has played a prominent role in advancing the careers of several of today’s prominent jazz musicians, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Linda Oh, and Aaron Parks. We couldn’t be more excited to have her join us at Manhattan School of Music for a conversation with CME faculty, Remy Le Boeuf, on her role in shaping New York’s jazz scene.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.JC, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers in Jazz.
  • Click here to RSVP for this event

APR 18 | MON | 12:30 – 2:15PM
Creating Inspirational Opportunities for Musicians with Disabilities
(Online)

  • Guest Speaker David Stanley, UK Government Disability and Access Ambassador for Arts and Culture joins us to discuss his professional and personal journey of creating inspirational opportunities for musicians with disabilities
  • All are encouraged to attend this remote discussion. Zoom details will be sent in your confirmation email
  • Click here to RSVP for this event

PAST CME EVENTS: FALL 2021

OCT 7 | THURS | 2:00 – 3:00PM
Creativity & Career
(A-401/Online)

  • with guest speaker John Glover, Director of Artistic Planning at Kaufman Music Center.
  • 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 | THURS | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Orchestral Life: A Discussion with Maestro Alexander Shelley
(Miller Recital Hall)

  • Maestro Alexander Shelley of the National Arts Centre Orchestra will lead a live interactive video conference workshop about the life of an orchestral musician.
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers, The Orto Center, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • There will be a Q&A at the end. Please submit questions when you email to RSVP.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT 20 | WED | 11:00 AM – 12:30PM
Career Path discussion with Netflix’s Charlene Huang
(A401)

  • Netflix Music Production Executive Charlene Huang (MSM alum, ’03 Violin), joins us to discuss her career, its pivots, and long-term planning.
  • There will be a Q&A at the end. Please submit questions when you email to RSVP.

OCT 21 | THURS | 4:00 – 5:00PM
“Building a Successful Business”, with Nashville Guitar Guru Dave Isaacs
(Online)

  • Musician, artist, teacher, & author Dave Isaacs (MSM alum, ’91 Classical Guitar), shares his background building a business in Music City USA.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 2 | TUES | 9:00 – 9:50am
Injury Prevention and Wellness for Musicians
(Online)

  • With guest speaker, movement educator, and professional musician Kayleigh Miller
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 2 | TUES | 4:00 – 5:00PM
Cultivating New Audiences, with Hans Schuman
(Online)

  • Guest Speaker Hans Schuman (Founder & Executive-Artistic Director of JazzReach) joins us to discuss his organization’s 27-year track record, and not-for-profit business models as a pathway to artistic and creative fulfillment.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 11 | THURS | 2:00 – 3:50PM
The Art of Finance and Budgeting
(A-401/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 18 | THURS | 10:30AM – 12:00PM
Deliberate Practice + Peak Performance
(Online)

  • with guest speaker Jason Haaheim, Musician/Scientist, and principal timpanist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

DEC 2 | THURS | 11:00AM – 12:30PM
“Tenure in a New Era”
(Online)

  • Flutist, coach and artist advocate Elizabeth Rowe (Principal flutist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra), joins us to discuss her advocacy for gender equity in the performing arts, and her coaching business, which supports young professionals navigating the orchestral tenure process.
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

DEC 9 | THURS | 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Personal Finance for Musicians
(Bossi-Comelli Studio/Online)

  • With guest speaker Zoë Martin-Doike, Violinist/Violist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

JAN 25 | TUES | 10:00 – 11:50AM
Following the Muse: A Q&A with Ingrid Jensen
(A401/402)

  • Guest faculty Ingrid Jensen discusses forty years of improvised muse following, and finding a balance between making plans and living your dreams
  • Q&A to finish. Bring your questions!
  • Presented as part of ME 2001.10, CME’s Advanced Practicum Course

“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