2020 CMS Northeast Conference (41st)

2020 CMS Northeast Conference (41st)
March 7–8, 2020
Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Non-member: $140
Regular member: $65
Retired member: $50
Student member: $40

Online registration deadline: February 13, 2020
On-site registration includes a $20 late fee.

Click the 'Register Individual' button upper left to register online.

There is no official conference hotel for this conference; however, there are many options for accommodations in Philadelphia, including Airbnb and VRBO

One convenient hotel to consider is:

The Conwell Inn 
1331 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

* This property is located on campus and is approximately a 2-minute walk to the main conference building.  

Click here for a list of additional hotels close to Temple.  


Aspirational Living: Post-Entrepreneurial Arts Training in the Academy
Jonathan Kuuskoski 
Saturday, March 7
2:00–3:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurship training has been trumpeted as a powerful mechanism to stem the market forces that challenge young professionals. While much has been made about the ways in which these extra-musical skills can be of use, recent criticism has been leveled at the shortcomings of infusing an arts education with entrepreneurship. From breeding neoliberalism to the erosion of artistic integrity, these criticisms present important questions that many in this nascent discipline have yet to fully address. In a socio-economic landscape of seemingly dwindling employment opportunities, to what degree can current training methodologies help artists with big aspirations find pathways to professional success? And what does an entrepreneurial arts education imply for those young professionals who aspire to an academic career?

This presentation questions status quo arguments about the sustainability of portfolio careers, and explores how existing training frameworks might evolve to better support music professionals. It will pose exploratory ideas about what a post-entrepreneurial arts training landscape could look like; specifically probing the question of how the pursuit of an aspirational life in the arts, built on sustainable platforms, might be an alternative to chasing generic entrepreneurial prowess. The presentation will be followed by an extended discussion session where attendees are invited to further investigate how such a shift in focus might impact the ways institutions and practitioners approach career training, collaborations across disciplines, and the mentorship of the next generation of young performers, composers, and scholars.

kuuskoski jonathanJonathan Kuuskoski helps artists self-start their careers. As Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership and Director of the EXCEL Lab at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, he oversees all aspects of their wide-ranging entrepreneurship, leadership, and career development programming, which includes extensive career advising, an academic minor and a graduate certificate program, workshops featuring leading performing artists and arts managers, and the annual distribution of $100,000 in student project, venture, and internship funding. Beyond these activities, which are part of Michigan’s top-ranked university entrepreneurship network (Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine), EXCEL maintains active partnerships with leading arts organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, National Sawdust, DanceWorks Chicago, and Michigan’s own University Musical Society. He also teaches a variety of courses focused on performing arts career development.


Event Summary

Event Date 03-07-2020
Event End Date 03-08-2020
Registration Start Date 11-01-2019
Cut off date 02-13-2020 12:00 pm
Individual Price $140.00
Location Temple University
We are no longer accepting online registration for this event. Please register on site.