To commemorate a quarter-century of remarkable achievements, the Institute for Music Leadership (IML) proudly presents this retrospective report that documents the vision, journey, and accomplishments of its first 25 years. The Institute has shaped the educational landscape in music through harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit that lies at the core of musical excellence. Founded on the bedrock of George Eastman’s visionary ideals, the IML—and the Eastman School of Music—has flourished into a nurturing haven for aspiring musicians, equipping them with the mindsets, tools, and curiosity to transform their passions into dynamic examples of impressive leadership on and off the stage.

The Story Continues

Below are some of the events, recognitions and initiatives that have occurred following the publication of the Institute for Music Leadership: A 25-Year Retrospective report. Check back periodically to see how the IML continues to evolve!



Billboard Recognition

Billboard recognizes MA in Music Leadership, Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media, Electroacoustic Music Studios @ Eastman (EMuSE), and student-run Ensemble OSSIA as resources that prepare the next generation to lead an increasingly complex industry.

Context Conference 2023

The IML helped to present the inaugural George T. Walker’s Center for Equity and Inclusion in Music Conference.

Eastman Leadership Development (ELD)

Launched the annual one-day retreat in Rochester for local high school aged musicians to hone leadership and community engagement skills.

Rebranding Podcast

In the summer of 2023, the Create.Inspire.Lead 
podcast was rebranded to Careers in Crescendo: Lessons for Musicians and includes student-developed artwork and music.


National Science Foundation Grant (NSF)

 The IML was part of team awarded a 3-year $1.8M NSF grant to explore the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier, specifically how musician leverage AI powered tools in the creation, performance and dissemination of their work.

Eastman Leadership Bootcamp (ELB)

Launched the annual online, interactive training program for early professionals in music or arts administration to continue developing leadership skills and tools.