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Center for Professional Development and Performing Arts Leadership

NEC is piloting career-transforming learning opportunities through its new Center for Professional Development and Performing Arts Leadership. Building on NEC's five-year investment in the Sistema Fellows Program, the Center is creating an arts leadership curriculum designed specifically for musicians.

Our Mission

The Center’s mission is to

  1. Guide musicians to build and maintain successful and fulfilling careers
  2. Empower musicians to make relevant contributions to society and
  3. Ensure that performing arts organizations will thrive because of leadership well prepared to address 21st century opportunities and challenges.

In addition to acquiring practical professional skills, the Center supports the development of crucial leadership qualities and self-awareness. Through courses, a workshop series, summer programming, and a resource center, the Center offers access to essential skills and experiences. At the same time, the Center will provide an avenue for musicians to explore the field of performing arts administration.

NEC has helped me to think more clearly about what I want to do, why I want to do it, and how to make it happen.
Brian Friedland'09 MM jazz piano & composition