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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.

(Setting the Stage programming will return for Fall 2021. Check back here for updates.)

 


 

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.

PAST CME  EVENTS: SPRING 2021

FEB 10 | WED | 4:00PM
The State of Opera: Part 2
(Online)


FEB 17 | WED | 8:00AM – 8:50AM
Life in the Opera, with Tazewell Thompson
(Online)

  • Tazewell Thompson (MSM Director of Opera Studies) discusses Making Life as an Artist.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.VX CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

FEB 19 | FRI | 1:00PM – 2:00PM
“Life After Student Visa Status”
(Online)

  • Presented in collaboration with International Student Services.
  • All international students are encouraged to attend.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

FEB 22 | MON | 10:00AM – 11:00AM
The Digital Rights Management Perspective
(Online)

  • Wayne Bennet (PPL, Traxploitation), talks music rights management.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.JC for Jazz and composition majors.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

FEB 24 | WED | 8:00AM – 8:50AM
Best Practices for Self-Tapes, with Ann Sanders
(Online)

  • Broadway’s Ann Sanders (Frozen, Dear Evan Hansen, The King and I, Avenue Q, Beauty & the Beast, If/Then) discusses her career, as well as best practices for preparing self-tapes for auditions.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.VX CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

MAR 1 | MON | 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Music Production & Supervision
(Online)

  • Rebecca Grierson, Managing Director of SixtyFour Music, discusses the ins and outs of music supervision.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.JC for Jazz and composition majors.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

MAR 25 | THURS | 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Telling Your Story, Shaping Your Sound
(Online)

  • MSM Resident Artist Lara Downes, joined by Samantha Pollack (Director of Programming at Washington Performing Arts), discusses curating programs and projects that reflect our unique and authentic artistry.
  • This will be an interactive session.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

APR 5 | MON | 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Black in the Theater Part 2: Expanding the Industry
(Online)

  • A discussion on creating art, expanding your horizons, and truly thriving, with Broadway actress Kimberly Marable (Hadestown, The Lion King, Sister Act), and composer/lyricist, writer, and Broadway actor Douglas Lyons (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon).
  • Presented by the Center for Music Entrepreneurship. All students and alumni are encouraged to attend.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

APR 15 | THURS | 6:00PM – 7:30PM
A Place For Us: Living as Artist Citizens in Our Communities
(Online)

  • Hosted by MSM Resident Artist Lara Downes.
  • Engaged, impactful artistry comes in many shapes and sizes, and we can all find meaningful ways to contribute to social change, to build stronger communities, and to make work that makes a difference.
  • This will be an interactive session.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

APR 26 | MON | 10:00AM – 11:00AM
David Srebnik: All Art is Personal
(Online)

  • It’s crowded out there – especially in our current hyperactive media environment where everyone is clamoring for attention. Let’s find ways for you to stand out and stand apart.
  • Presented as part of ME 2001.10, CME’s Advanced Practicum Course.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

APR 27 | TUES | 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Panel Discussion: Composer/Performer Relationships & Understanding
(Online)

  • Faculty testimonials, followed by a student-led panel discussion and Q&A, focusing on strengthening the connection between composers and performers.
  • Encouraged topics of discussion are to include (but not be limited to): effective collaboration scenarios, performer/composer communication, expectations, etiquette. Please submit your questions when you register!
  • Presented in collaboration with MSM Student Government.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

APR 30 | FRI | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Alumni Panel Discussion: Continuing Artistry through Covid
(online)

  • Guest alumni Emmet Cohen (MM ’14, Jazz Piano), Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95, Orchestral Violin, MSM Faculty, DMA Honoris Causa ‘17), and Andrew Janss (BM ’06; AD ’12, Cello) discuss their careers, their pivots, and what it means to be an artist in the age of Covid.
  • All students and alumni are encouraged to attend.
  • Presented in collaboration with the MSM Office of Alumni Engagement.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

MAY 6 | THURS | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Working in Musical Theatre Panels
(online)

  • Broadway Veterans Derrick Baskin (Ain’t Too Proud, Memphis, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Little Mermaid), Peter Gregus (Jersey Boys, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Contact), Aaron Kaburick (Mrs. Doubtfire, Hello Dolly!, Something Rotten!, Motown, Sister Act, Billy Elliot), and Khori Petinaud (Aladdin, Moulin Rouge) discuss their celebrated careers in musical theater.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

MAY 7 | FRI | 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Welcome to the Rising Sun: Shining a light on the music by Black composers
(Online)

  • Hosted by MSM Resident Artist Lara Downes.
  • Engaged, impactful artistry comes in many shapes and sizes, and we can all find meaningful ways to contribute to social change, to build stronger communities, and to make work that makes a difference.
  • This will be an interactive session.
  • 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