Created with Sketch.

Industry experts share their advice, insights, and experience to help MSM students and alumni advance their careers.


The Center for Music Entrepreneurship holds dozens of informative Setting the Stage panel discussions and hands-on workshops each academic year, featuring music professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as MSM alumni.

Unless otherwise noted, events are open to all MSM students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Alumni are advised to RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to alumni@msmnyc.edu.

Upcoming Spring 2019 Setting the Stage workshops


FEB 15 | FRI | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Jazz Business with Obed Calvaire

  • A special workshop for Jazz majors presented by MSM Jazz Arts; details were sent to these students.

Additional workshops before and after Spring Break will be soon be shared.


MAR 18 | MON | 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Career Talk with Glenn Dicterow
(Location TBA)

  • Presented with MSM’s Office of Alumni Engagement.
  • To attend this workshop, students must RSVP at http://bit.ly/STSrsvp.

MAR 27 | WED | 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Musical Entrepreneurs on Both Sides of the Atlantic
(Miller Recital Hall)

  • Presented with MSM Distance Learning.

APR 19 | FRI | 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Industry Insight from noted Musical Theatre Directors & Choreographers
(Mikowsky Recital Hall)

  • Guests TBA in April.
  • Presented by MSM Musical Theatre and the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.
  • Students not enrolled in this semester’s MT 1600 course must RSVP at http://bit.ly/STSrsvp to attend.

APR 23 | TUES | 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM
Navigating Professional Choral Opportunities
(Ades Performance Space)

  • Presented with MSM Choral Arts.

APR 26 | FRI | 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Making it on Broadway, From the Trenches: Recent Grads & Established Broadway Performers
(Mikowsky Recital Hall)

  • Guests TBA in April.
  • Presented by MSM Musical Theatre and the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.
  • Students not enrolled in this semester’s MT 1600 course must RSVP at http://bit.ly/STSrsvp to attend.

MAY 3 | FRI | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
An Intro to SAG-AFTRA: the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a key entertainment union)
(Off-campus visit)

  • Location information and other details will be shared with attendees in April.
  • Presented by MSM Musical Theatre and the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.
  • Students not enrolled in this semester’s MT 1600 course must RSVP at http://bit.ly/STSrsvp to attend.

More workshops will be announced soon, including sessions focusing on Composition, Contemporary Performance, Finances, Mental Health, Networking, Opera, Leadership, Social Media, and more.


CME Past Events: Spring 2019

JAN 18 – 20 | FRI – SUN
Chamber Music America – National Conference
(Westin Times Square)

  • Current students were invited to attend for free.

JAN 25 | FRI | 1:00 – 3:00 PM
For International Students: Life After F-1/J-1 Visa Status
(Miller Recital Hall)

  • 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.

FEB 7 | THUR | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Self-Compassion & Its Discontents
(Andersen 402, Conference Room)

  • With MSM’s Mental Health Coordinator Michael Alcée, Ph.D.
  • Presented by MSM’s Counseling Center as part of their Lunch & Learn series.

FEB 10 | SUN | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Women in Collaboration, a Musical Theatre Studies Lecture
(Ades Performance Space)

  • Columbia University Professor Deborah Paredez  shares “Hey sista’ whatcha gonna do: Diva Relations in the 2015 Broadway Revival of The Color Purple…”
    Rethinking the notion of the diva as an inevitably singular force but instead providing a model for musical theatre collaboration.
  • Presented with MSM Musical Theatre and Student Affairs.

FEB 11 | MON | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Effective Interactions & Performances for Alzheimer’s Audiences
(Room 614)

  • With Meredith Wong, connect2culture Manager.
  • Presented with MSM’s Office of Community Partnerships.
  • To attend this workshop, students must RSVP at http://bit.ly/STSrsvp.

FEB 12 | TUES | 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Career Q&A with Conductor Jane Glover
(Miller Recital Hall – note location)

  • Presented with MSM’s Office of Alumni Engagement.
  • To attend this workshop, students must RSVP at http://bit.ly/STSrsvp.

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

Images from some recent CME events held at Manhattan School of Music.

“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

Contact the CME

917-493-4502
Room 113
cme@msmnyc.edu