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A Summer 2020 online series for performing artists hosted by the University of Michigan, co-sponsored by MSM's Center for Music Entrepreneurship

A series presented by the University of Michigan that brings together professionals across the performing arts for weekly virtual discussions on Zoom.

Attending any of these events, only available live, can help fulfill part of the Setting the Stage requirement,, a professional development aspect of the program of study for all undergrads as well as Master of Music and Professional Studies candidates in Collaborative Piano, Contemporary Performance, Orchestral Conducting, and Orchestral Performance.

To receive credit attendees will need to complete a simple form soon after the event:

Are you curious about how artists build freelance careers? Or wondering how they develop arts organizations from the ground up? Are you looking for pro tips on crafting identity-driven works of art? How to tackle social issues through your practice? Leading beyond crisis? Or just eager to connect with professionals on the day-to-day challenges of being an artist today?

Join us on Zoom each week this summer!

Next event in the series:

Week 10 (August 3-7)
Engaging Communities with
Leah Claiborne and Sydnie Mosley
Blog post arrives Monday, August 3
Virtual Session: Thursday, August 6 from 5:00-6:00PM EDT
Zoom link for the Virtual Session:

Two artists with deep community engagement practices share ways to interface with communities around them in genuine, beneficial, and healing ways. The conversation will also address practical tips for how to begin fostering this type of work in your own communities. Pianist, scholar, and educator, Dr. Leah Claiborne, promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. Dr. Claiborne is the coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. Sydnie L. Mosley​ is an award winning artist-activist and educator who is interested in creative work that is both artistically sound and socially aware. ​She produces experiential dance works with her collective SLMDances. Through their choreographic work, the collective works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice.


Virtual Visionaries, is a 10-week series in partnership with several of our peer programs at institutions across the country. Starting the week of May 25 through early August, this series brings together professionals across the performing arts for weekly virtual discussions on Zoom. We’ve selected a diverse group of leaders at various stages of their careers to engage in open conversations about topics ranging from personal finance issues, to developing identity-driven work, along with a variety of entrepreneurial approaches relevant to young arts professionals. Each week our guest speakers will also author a blog post, providing a sneak peek of the virtual sessions and providing a basis for our virtual discussion.

This series is made possible by the transformative support of the Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund, a generous anonymous donation, and through partnership with several important collaborators. We are thrilled to have assembled a coalition of peer institutions as co-sponsors of this series, whose students, alumni, and stakeholders will all be encouraged to participate.

The series co-sponsors include:

Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership 
Manhattan School of Music’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship
Michigan State University’s Running Start Program
New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department
Roosevelt University’s Center for Arts Leadership, Chicago College of Performing Arts
University of Colorado-Boulder’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music
University of North Texas’ Music Business and Entrepreneurship Program
Wayne State University’s Music Business Program

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