Music Entrepreneurship Certificate

Over the course of its 125-year history, School of Music alumni have found success not only in the concert hall and the classroom, but in a variety of music-related fields, some of which they themselves invented. This entrpreneurial sprit is in keeping with the missions of the University and the School, and with our desire to produce graduates who will not only continue our tradition of leadership in the areas of performance, research, and teaching, but will find new and innovative ways to serve our field and communities.

The School of Music also recognizes that being an entrepreneur is an essental part of being a music professional, and so, in the Fall of 2020, we began offering a series of new courses to help prepare you to chart your own path in the musical world. The topics will vary from business, marketing, and communications skills to networking to legal issues to recording and presentation techniques. All of these courses are designed to be taken in addition to your regular course load, and we hope that as many of our students as possible will take advantage of them. Students who successfully complete four of these courses will earn a Music Entrepreneurship Certificate.


Spring 2021 Course Options

MUS 499 Section EE: Ensemble Entrepreneurship

This course will prepare students to creatively develop, promote, and sustain performing ensembles such as duos, trios, quartets, quintets or larger collaborative mixed instrumental ensembles. Ancillary topics include event management (e.g. concerts, concert series, music festivals) and preparing professional portfolios. Presentations will utilize internal unit/college/campus expertise as well as industry and non-profit professionals from the wider music world.

MUS 499 Section ENC: Encore at Illinois

The University of Illinois Encore series is a series of fifteen asynchronous panel discussions on a variety of timely topics including entrepreneurship, careers in the arts, cultural sensitivity, music education and the composition process. Led by conducting faculty and including expert panelists from around the country, ENCORE will begin in February 2021. Topics include: Careers in ensemble singing, oratorio singing, and early music; The Commissioning Process; How to start/run/get involved with a community-based music organization/ensemble; Share your musical talent! Rewards and challenges of making music with people with special needs (all) and United Sound; Band, Choir and Orchestra-Teaching the Large Ensemble in the Urban Setting; From Music Major to a Career in Arts Management; Cultural Sensitivity in the Arts; Music and the Military. Careers in the Military ensembles for instrumentalists and vocalists. Exploring the lifestyle, career, and audition process.; Full-Time Employment as a musician: teaching private lessons and gigging – what’s it all about?; Life as a White House Musician: Peter Wilson, Retired first violinist, US Marine Band; Recording Session: Listening with a Critical Ear; Musical Leadership: Are You Striving to Be Successful or Significant?; Panel Discussion on Diversity and Race in the Collegiate Band World; “I Wish I Had Known: Lessons from recent music education graduates”; Creating a Brave Space for the LGBTQ Community in your Large Ensemble Settings.

MUS 499 Section LAW: Performing Arts and Law

A practical overview of legal topics related to the performing arts for teachers, artists, performers, composers, and entrepreneurs. Contracts, business forms, employment and labor, taxes and the internet are among the subjects included. Note: The Fall section of this course will deal with Copyright Laws.