Careers Outside the Academy

drapkin_michaelMichael Drapkin, Drapkin Institute for Music Entrepreneurship
Chair, Committee on Careers Outside the Academy

Our activities include the following three areas: 

Presentations at the 2014 CMS National Conference

The Committee on Careers Outside the Academy submitted two presentations. One was accepted and the Committee presented the following panel discussion at the CMS conference in St. Louis: Ideas to Action: A 5-Stage Framework for Exploring Music Careers Outside of the Academy.  Mark Rabideau served as  Moderator, with panelists Michael Millar, Tayloe Harding, Julia Torgovitskaya, Jeffrey Nytch, and Bernie Dobroski.

 The CMS Committee on Careers Outside the Academy proposes a one hour presentation on an entrepreneurial thinking framework, examining the ways in which musicians can act as change agents in order to craft a career of means, meaning, and impact.  This presentation, involving seven committee members, will analyze the ways that musicians can think entrepreneurially when entering the marketplace and how the qualities of curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and tenacity uniquely position artists to thrive in the messy, fertile space of the entrepreneur.  This is broken into three sections:

    • First, an overview and framework will be presented
    • Next five components will be examined on each component’s impact on an artist’s pursuit of a career outside of the academy.  These include:
      • Curiosity, Creativity, and Collaboration

      • Critical Optimism: Mapping a More Promising Future

      • Idea-Driven Storytelling

      • Funding Priceless Ideas
      • Ideas to Action

    • Finally, a model using the firm iCadenza will be presented, tying these five components together, examining how the relationship between music and passion for entrepreneurial endeavors now helps iCadenza serve emerging artists seeking to find their own unique position within the music profession. 

Time will be allotted at the end of the presentation for questions and answers.

 The Committee compiled a document for submission through College Music SymposiumRecommended Course Additions to the Higher Education Music Curriculum.

Presentations for the 2015 CMS National Conference

The Committee submitted the following two proposals for presentation at the 2015 CMS National Conference in Indianapolis

Music Entrepreneurship Panel: Case Examples from the Campus and Beyond - Faculty and performers need to “think like entrepreneurs” when entering the marketplace, but theories and lesson plans only get them so far. When they see those lessons applied to real situations, they can begin to connect the dots and understand how to use their own creativity, point of view, and skills to successfully make a career out of their passion.

We’d like to propose a panel in which 4-5 members of this committee discuss the following:

    • Examples of impressive student entrepreneurship on campus
    • Challenges that student entrepreneurs have overcome (and how they did so)
    • Frequently asked career questions that students have posed over the years (and your answers to them)
    • Personal stories of triumph and challenges with takeaway lessons and tips

Recommended Course Additions to the Higher Education Music Curriculum - In 2014, College Music Society’s Careers Outside the Academy Committee created and published a scholarly compendium of recommended courses for the college music curriculum as their committee deliverable, which was subsequently published in the CMS Symposium Journal.  Many of these are currently in use by the Committee members.  Others are in use in similar form in other colleges and universities, but are of sufficient importance to be included and emphasized through this medium.  Many if not all of these recommended courses would be beneficial to the education of all music majors, graduate and undergraduate.

It is the opinion of many members of the committee that there are deficits in the curricula of many higher education music programs, and these courses will assist in addressing a pressing need for timely and relevant instruction in order to provide the skills needed in today’s highly competitive and oversupplied market.  Many of the Committee members have contributed their own personally developed courses in the hopes that this will lower the barrier to the adoption of these and similar courses.

This panel will discuss today’s curricular deficits, the need for this kind of instruction, and how these courses will help address these issues.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Chair of this excellent committee.  I am pleased to be succeeded as Chair in the next term by my committee member Michael Millar.