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Grow Your Art
A Music & Business Residency with Dave Douglas

Grow Your Art: A Music & Business Residency with Dave Douglas

September 17-19
Dave Douglas

How do you earn a living and manage a sustainable business while honoring your art?

How do you grow and champion the art you believe in?

How do you build your artistic community? 

How do you build a life in music?

Learn from Guest Artist DaveDouglas in a week of performance, master classes, and workshops to help build the life in music you want.

Whether you see yourself as a recording artist, an orchestral player, a member of a touring band, a chamber musician, or an educator, these skills will help you find and build roads to success. Music business skills help with every aspect of your musical life, whether you are promoting your music commercially, running a music education nonprofit, applying for grant funding, or forming authentic connections with fellow artists who believe in your work.

Learn: Workshops & Master Classes

Listen: Residency Concert

Apply:  $5,000 Pitch Competition

Residency Schedule

Hosted by NEC Jazz and Entrepreneurial Musicianship. Open to NEC students, alumni, and to the public. Practitioners of all musical styles are warmly welcome.


1:00 PM   Masterclass with Dave Douglas + NEC Jazz (Williams Hall)

4:00 PM   Dave Douglas Business Talk: Lessons Learned in the Music Industry (Williams Hall)


1:00 PM   Music Business Panel Discussion, with Dave Douglas + Industry Professionals (Williams Hall)

Dave Douglas, Trumpeter, Composer, Educator, Entrepreneur
Ann Braithwaite, Publicist, Braithwaite & Katz Communication
Mike Epstein, Booking Agent, Epstein & Company
Jennifer Chen, Managing Director, American Modern Opera Company
Jon Garelick, Journalist & Editor, The Boston Globe

Moderated by Drew Worden, Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurial Musicianship

6:00 PM   Pitch Night: Students & Alumni present their projects live for a chance to win $5,000 to bring their work to life (Black Box Theater)

8:00 PM   Ice Cream Reception (free! Immediately following Pitch Night)


1:00 PM   Business Consults: Individual Consultations with the EM Team, up to 30 minutes (sign up here and select "Grow Your Art: Business Consult" to schedule your consult)

7:30 PM   Concert: Dave Douglas + NEC Jazz (Jordan Hall)

9:30 PM   Reception (Brown Hall)

About Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas is the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative, and artistic freedom.

Frank Alkyer, Downbeat

Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously. While his career spans more than 50 recordings as a leader, his active projects include his Quintet, Sound Prints, Riverside, Present Joys, and High Risk. His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Doris Duke Artist Award and two GRAMMY® nominations.

As a composer, Douglas has received commissions from a variety of organizations including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Essen Philharmonie, The Library of Congress, Stanford University and Monash Art Ensemble. He is currently on faculty at the Mannes School of Music and is a Guest Coach for the Juilliard Jazz Composer’s Ensemble. Douglas is also a co-founder and president of the Festival of New Trumpet Music and Artistic Director of the Bergamo Jazz Festival. In 2005, Douglas founded Greenleaf Music, an umbrella company for his recordings, sheet music, podcast, as well as the music of other artists in the modern jazz idiom.