College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


November 6, 2012

This Week on Entrepreneurship Wednesdays: Using Social Media to promote your art
We’re all on it: social media is everywhere, and has become an integral part of our lives. But how does one use it effectively to promote yourself professionally? Learn the Dos and the Don’ts from an expert! Special guest Matt Duncan, Social Media Manager for CU Boulder, joins us for this instructive session!
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00
C-113 (Conference Room)

Free Pizza!

Note for next week: the Nov. 14th session will be a Resume / CV / Cover Letter feedback session with Prof. Nytch and Jon Schlesinger, Asst. Director of Career Services. Bring your resumes, CVs, or cover letters and we’ll give you some pointers on how to make them as strong as possible!

The New Venture Challenge is gearing up again: Monday, Nov. 12 is Pitch Night! Have an idea you’re thinking of developing? Make a quick verbal pitch to a team of entrepreneurs and get some awesome feedback!
See the FAQs all the way at the end of this week’s issue for a little more about what this is and why YOU should be involved.
ARTICLES OF THE WEEK: The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship focuses on ventures that meet the social-services needs of communities. It’s a new twist on entrepreneurship, focusing on serving others rather than a wealthy pay-off for the entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurship shares a lot of qualities with arts entrepreneurship, and we can learn a lot from studying this quickly emerging field!

Social Entrepreneurship a growing career choice for many:


Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak about the ECM with prospective students and their parents for CU Music Day. I always enjoy these sessions because it gives me a chance to give anxious students (and often VERY anxious parents!) some encouraging words about a future in the arts. It also allows me to make the case for how our program here at CU is fundamentally different from all but a handful of career development programs at other music schools. The difference? Entrepreneurship!

Most music schools, if they have any sort of career development program at all, rely on traditional career services like help with your resume and cover letter, preparing for your audition, or assembling a press kit. And while the ECM offers those services too, we don’t stop there. Why? Because the marketplace you’re preparing to enter is one undergoing constant and significant changes, and having a spiffy resume or great interview skills won’t be enough in the face of those changes. You need some skills that will help you think creatively about your career options, and be proactive and innovative in building a career that is sustainable and satisfying. That’s what entrepreneurship does for you, and it’s why it’s a set of skills that are so important for you to possess.

What if you don’t know what you want to do with your career? That’s the bonus: entrepreneurial skills are universal and transferrable, so no matter what you end up doing you’ve got skills to take with you! Come talk to me about it and we’ll find a path that works for you and your goals.


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And without further adieu…

The Video of the Week!

Videos! I need videos! (That potbelly pig playing a plastic piano is still waiting in the wings…)

Dance your PhD?!?? Yep: a new movement to use the arts to express complex scientific concepts to novices. Pretty cool!




Once again we’ll put our discussion of “commoditization vs. value” on hold while we take some time to answer a few questions regarding the New Venture Challengewhat is it and how does it work and why should you care about it?

What is the New Venture Challenge (NVC)?  The NVC is the campus-wide venture plan competition. Teams of students from disciplines across campus compete amongst themselves in “tracks” (Music, Clean Tech, I.T., and Social Impact) and then the winners of each track compete in a Finals competition for the grand prize. Music Track winners receive a $3,000 prize; the Grand Prize winner receives up to $10,000 more in prizes and other perks.

What is a Venture Plan?  A venture plan (also commonly called a “business plan”) is an outline of any sort of operation: a for-profit business, all manner of non-profit organizations, an ensemble, a music festival…anything can be a venture. The plan describes the venture (what it does, who it’s for, how it operates) and outlines a plan for launching and sustaining it.

Do I have to have a plan already in order to participateNO. In fact, that’s the whole point of the NVC: to guide you through the process of developing your idea and creating a plan to make it happen. So at this stage, a mere notion of something you’ve been thinking of doing is enough!

That sounds intimidating. What sorts of help will I have? That’s the other point of the NVC: it’s not just the competition (which doesn’t happen until next Spring). It’s workshops, mentoring, lectures, and practice sessions, all designed to help you develop your ideas, polish your plan, and present it convincingly. You’ll have lots of help & resources to do this – including other students, if you decide to form a team.

I dunno…I’m still not sure… You don’t have to commit to participate in the competition until January. Then come visit Prof. Nytch and let’s talk about it!



The Entrepreneurship Center for Music • Jeffrey Nytch, DMA, Director  •  Office Hours: T/Th: 9-11 a.m.  W: 2-4 p.m. – or by appointment

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The Opportunity UPBEAT! is your weekly listing of job postings and other professional opportunities that come the way of the ECM. Check this space out for jobs, volunteer opportunities, internships, grants, festival auditions, and more!

LANDAU MUSIC is now hiring musicians to perform on cruise ships. Destinations include: Europe, Australia, Caribbean, Hawaii, etc. Free Room/Food/Travel. Production shows (Broadway, Pop Review), Headliner shows ,Top 40 sets , Jazz Combo sets, Big Band sets, and more. Our auditions are done online and we are seeking experienced musicians who are are: 1) Solid readers, 2) Proficient in all styles, and 3) Have a great attitude. Positions are currently available for the following instruments:  Keys, Drums, Bass, Guitar, Trumpet, and Sax. For more information, contact Steve Such, Music Manager: 858.755.3320,

THE PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL is now accepting applications for summer study with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. For more information, visit their website:

ATLANTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM is now accepting applications. Submission forms can be completed directly online at the official Atlantic Music Festival website:  AMF Fellowship provides complete financial coverage of tuition, housing, and meals during the four weeks of residency. 

The early submission deadline to submit for the U.S. and International applicants is December 1, 2012. Information is also available through the Atlantic Music Festival by email to, or by regular mail to Atlantic Music Festival, 228 Park Ave S #31975, New York, NY 10003.

For more information, please visit us online at

THE COLORADO STATE MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION is currently seeking a Fund development intern to help develop a tuition assistance scholarship fund for pre-college music study. The goal of the fund, once established, is to partially pay music tuition costs for promising young students who cannot afford music lessons. For a full description of this opportunity, stop by the ECM bulletin board and get in touch with Professor Cremaschi.


CENTER FOR THE CONTINUATION OF ARTS AND CULTURE, in Thornton, is looking for Guitar and Piano Teachers. The CCAC is an arts school dedicated to the enrichment of students in the visual and performing arts. We provide classes in a wide variety of dance styles, music, and visual arts. You should have a degree or be in pursuit of a degree in Music Performance or Music Education. Past teaching experience preferred. Outgoing and friendly personality along with consistent professional demeanor. Works well with elementary ages through adults. Someone who is knowledgeable and skilled in more than one instrument area is preferred. Especially knowledgeable and confidant in teaching basic/beginning piano skills in a group and private setting. Knowledge in music theory and aural skills.

You should be dependable and have reliable transportation. Looking for someone who can teach 5-15 hours a week. Our website is Please contact Director of Music Nick Garcia-(720)-341-4975 for further information


INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE! The ECM offers a broad range of internship opportunities for students, ranging from positions with non-profit arts groups to for-profit businesses. Internships can be for academic credit or not, and can often be customized to suit your schedule and interests. If you’re interested, stop by the ECM office and we’ll talk about the options!

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