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#MusiciansAtWork

#MusiciansAtWork

Grow your leadership capacity. Build and maintain a successful career. Empower yourself to address 21st century opportunities and challenges. Join the working artists and administrators gathering at NEC this summer for our #MusiciansAtWork series.

1. Understanding El Sistema (June 1-3)
2. From Emerging to Established (June 14-19)
3. Building a Chamber Music Residency (Summer TBD)

Offered by NEC's Center for Professional Development and Performing Arts Leadership.

1. Understanding El Sistema
June 1-3, 2018

This institute is designed to help teaching artists—and administrators—advance their careers and invest more deeply in the mission-driven work of Creative Youth Development organizations.

It draws on expertise developed through NEC’s Sistema Fellows Program. Accomplished teaching artists and program leaders affiliated with nationally recognized CYD programming will be “in residence” to share their personal experiences in this growing sector.

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Who should attend? 

1.    Teaching artists
2.    Musicians looking to enter the CYD sector
3.    Administrators
4.    Board members

Representative topics:

1.    El Sistema in the United States
2.    Creative Youth Development
3.    Teaching artistry
4.    Program evaluation
5.    Creative placemaking
6.    Youth voice
7.    Cultural competency
8.    Organizational culture
9.    Citizen artistry

Faculty & guest presenters:

Heath Marlow (Center for Professional Development & Performing Arts Leadership), Erik Holmgren (Massachusetts Cultural Council), Rodrigo Guerrero (Massachusetts Cultural Council), Tina Hadari (Founder, Music Haven), Laura Jekel (Founder, MYCincinnati), other guest presenters TBA.

Location:

NEC’s recently completed Student Life & Performance Center. Accommodations in NEC’s new residence hall are available. Registration for housing will be made available in early February.

Enrollment & Application Deadlines:

Limited to 25 participants. Apply by April 1. If space is available, applications will be considered until May 15.

Tuition:

$400 ($300 for NEC alumni and direct colleagues of Sistema Fellows)

How to apply:

To apply, please register online and pay the $50 application fee.

In addition, please provide a summary of your professional goals, and what you hope to gain by attending this institute (Word limit: 500). Essays should be emailed to Heath Marlow.

Apply Now

2. From Emerging to Established
June 14-19, 2018

This institute builds on NEC’s reputation for offering first-rate career building support to current students through its Entrepreneurial Musicianship department. EM faculty and guest presenters will lead skill-building workshops, and participants also engage in guided activities designed to support reflection and strategic thinking to help them attain their artistic goals and career ambitions.

Designed to meet the needs of emerging music professionals, this institute provides participants the time and space to think deeply and creatively in a supportive environment. Participants apply concepts learned in daily seminars to their own careers and advance personal projects with constructive feedback from faculty and peers.

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Who should attend? 

1.    Recent music school graduates
2.    Performers, teaching artists, educators
3.    Professionals looking to re-think and re-boot
4.    Current graduate students

Sample seminar topics:

1.    Strategic planning
2.    Budgeting
3.    Networking and building relationships
4.    Managing debt
5.    Self-promotion
6.    Social media 
7.    Fundraising
8.    Understanding nonprofits

Faculty:

Rachel Roberts (Entrepreneurial Musicianship), Heath Marlow (Center for Professional Development & Performing Arts Leadership), Annie Phillips (Entrepreneurial Musicianship), Bette Hoffman (YOLO Coaching).

Location:

NEC’s recently completed Student Life & Performance Center. Accommodations in NEC’s new residence hall are available. Registration for housing will be made available in early February.

Enrollment & Application Deadlines:

Limited to 25 participants. Apply by April 1. If space is available, applications will be considered until May 15.

Tuition:

$750 ($500 for NEC alumni); scholarships are available; contact Heath Marlow to learn more.

How to apply:

To apply, please register online and pay the $50 application fee.

In addition, please provide a summary of your professional goals, and what you hope to gain by attending this institute (Word limit: 500). Essays should be emailed to Heath Marlow.

Apply Now

"Coming back to NEC has given me the tools, knowledge, and renewed motivation to turn my dreams into a reality. I know where I'm headed, and I have a plan—and continued support from NEC—to get there."

Ashleigh Gordon '08 MM viola
Co-founder, Castle of our Skins


3. Building a Chamber Music Residency
Summer TBD

In collaboration with Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

A unique opportunity for professional ensembles committed to the meaningful engagement of audiences and communities to participate in an intensive residency design and planning experience.

Ensembles seeking to build long-term or annual residencies in a specific community will spend five days developing their ideas in a supportive environment of like-minded peers. In partnership with Avaloch Farm Music Institute, the ensembles will be awarded a rehearsal residency in Boscawen, NH, paired with a five-day residency at NEC, through a competitive application process.

The primary goal of the five days at NEC is to support the planning and creation of long-term or annual residencies (e.g. summer festival) that mutually benefit musicians and communities. This will be accomplished through defining and building a plan for an initiative (or organization) that provides a sustainable balance of high-level performing, engagement, and administrative activities—all specifically geared to meet the needs of professional chamber musicians. Each day is divided between seminars, advising, and individual group work.

Participants will come away with an understanding of best practices in place-based residency-building and a strategic plan for building their residency, having worked through the necessary conceptual and logistical elements (including mission, vision, competitive advantage, benchmarking, budgeting, etc.).

Participating ensembles receive follow up consultation and resources, as needed. Ensembles will be well prepared to apply to Chamber Music America’s Residency Partnership Program. (See CMA’s eligibility guidelines.)

Faculty:

Heath Marlow (Center for Professional Development & Performing Arts Leadership)

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Who should attend? 

Ensembles committed to creating a place-based residency, with passion for engagement and community building, as well as performance. This program is intended for professional ensembles (duos through large ensembles, ensembles with variable membership), including ensembles enrolled in graduate-level professional training programs at conservatories. All members of the ensemble must participate.

Enrollment & Application Deadlines:

Limited to three ensembles. Apply to Avaloch Farm Music Institute by March 15. Priority consideration will be given to ensembles awarded a residency at Avaloch Farm. If space is available, applications from interested ensembles not attending Avaloch Farm will be considered in April.

Tuition:

$500 per person. Scholarships are available; contact Heath Marlow to learn more.

How to apply:

Applications are accepted through Avaloch Farm Music Institute:

Apply Now

 

"Thread Ensemble is interested in developing a broad spectrum of performance projects and creative ideas, which can get confusing at times. Heath has been extremely helpful in working with us to name our goals and then supporting us to create a concrete plan to achieve them."

—Abigale Reisman, '13 MM Contemporary Improvisation

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