Entrepreneurial Musicianship is a set of valuable skills that complements your artistic development: creative and critical thinking, communication, financial management, artistic programming, marketing. It’s a synthesis of your musical passions and a mindset of self efficacy that will be your foundation as you create a life in music. NEC’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship (EM) department focuses on providing individualized resources to help each student attain their path to a creative career.
At NEC, EM is available to students through individual advising, courses, and other programs including internships, fellowships, grants, and access to opportunities to earn money.
Appointed in 2009 as Founder and Director of NEC's Entrepreneurial Musicianship department, Rachel Roberts has launched a wide range of experiential programs and curricula designed to equip young musicians with key extra-musical skills to support their artistic careers. Rachel is on the flute faculty of NEC Prep and also volunteers her time to lead salary negotiation workshops for the City of Boston. Prior to joining NEC, Rachel served as the first Director of Strategic Planning Engagement for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, working on organization-wide strategic and governance objectives. She arrived at the ASO after completing the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship program, working with the orchestras in Aspen, Detroit, South Dakota, and Atlanta. A native of Iowa, Rachel enjoys running, photography, vegan cooking, and recently hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Annie is a clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and arts advocate whose career has spanned almost every department of every size of organization, from a self-managed chamber ensemble that performed from memory and in costume to a startup orchestra-for-hire to the San Francisco Symphony. Before moving to Boston, Annie lived in San Francisco and worked on behalf of numerous ensembles promoting new and interesting musical presentations. Annie is co-director of Switchboard Music, whose flagship event is an annual marathon festival showcasing the Bay Area's diverse musical communities, and is Instructor of Arts Marketing at UMass Amherst. Most recently, Annie was on the professional development faculty at the SF Conservatory and program lead at Zoo Labs, where she led two-week music residencies blending elements of a tech accelerator with a traditional artist residency. Outside of music, Annie loves knitting and is a competitive rower.
Drew Worden is an arts organizer, drummer, percussionist, and composer. Prior to his appointment at NEC, Drew was the Managing Director of the Mizzou International Composers Festival with Alarm Will Sound. Drew's works for percussion are performed frequently at conservatories and universities with recent performances in France, Colombia, Germany, and across the US; he has also written original soundtracks for the documentary Spiritus (Student Academy Awards finalist) and the children’s book series Yum & Yuk. Drew performs regularly with his duo Dr. Ax, the rock band Stegall, his multidisciplinary ensemble Sticks, Strings, and Paint, and the East Side Brass Band. He is also a co-founder of The Healthy Musician Project. His music is self-published online, with select compositions available from Malletech and Steve Weiss Music. Drew enjoys running and playing pickup basketball and can usually be found brewing a Chemex in the EM Office.