“New Voices” Essay Contest from 21CM and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

August 16, 2018 In: Ahead of the Beat

Are you a college or graduate student who has a passion for writing about music? Or does this sound like someone you know? Then here is an opportunity for you/them! 21CM has partnered with the award-winning music blog I CARE IF YOU LISTEN to create the “New Voices” Essay Contest. Students currently enrolled in undergraduate […]

Helping You Find More Grants

August 1, 2018 In: Sound Bits

In an effort to help you find more grants that you / your ensemble / your organization might be eligible for, we have compiled a list below of some of our favorite grant listing websites for music. Good luck! Michigan State University Libraries – Listing of grants for individuals in music New York Foundation for […]

Resources to Help Private Music Studio Teachers Thrive

July 25, 2018 In: Sound Bits

Are you hoping to launch a private teaching studio in a new city? Want to grow your existing teaching studio? Looking for ideas related to billing and policies? Take a few minutes and listen to a recent podcast episode on Music Studio Startup featuring saxophonist Sean Murphy, whose private teaching studio was at one point […]

Canva: A Free Graphic Design Tool

July 18, 2018 In: Sound Bits

Need a quick and easy way to create beautiful graphics for your website, a proposal, a report, or anything else? Check out Canva – it’s a simple (and free!) tool that helps you create really fantastic looking graphics – everything from logos to blog graphics, graphs, and you can even edit photos. Their easy-to-use interface […]

Two Awesome YouTube Resources You May Not Know About

July 12, 2018 In: Sound Bits

Chances are, if you are like most people, you will be visiting YouTube sometime very soon to watch a video. Maybe you’ll be watching your favorite stand up comedian, or a video on how to grill squash, highlights from the World Cup, or trying to find a favorite recording of a Mahler symphony. And chances […]

Save the Date! Grant Proposals Due October 1st for Research and Innovative Projects

June 27, 2018 In: Sound Bits

Have an idea related to “innovative ensembles” that you need funding for? Summer is a great time to work up a grant proposal for our October 1, 2018 deadline.  Grants are available in two categories: research and innovative projects. The grants are intended to support projects that relate to the theme of innovative ensembles – […]

James Gaffigan Gives Us Something To Ponder

June 20, 2018 In: Sound Bits

The American conductor James Gaffigan was recently interviewed by the NY Times in advance of the NY Philharmonic’s series of summer concerts in the parks, which Gaffigan will direct. In the NY Times article, writer Zachary Woolfe says that Gaffigan understands the idea that classical music needs to be an “experience.” (We agree.) Gaffigan, in […]

Think Like a Business (and an Artist)

June 13, 2018 In: Sound Bits

For some musicians, it can be eye opening to learn that they own and operate a small business. Do you play an occasional gig and get paid directly for it? Do you write compositions and arrangements and sell them? Do you teach private lessons from home? You are a small business! There are many ways […]

3 Things to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Week

June 6, 2018 In: Sound Bits

Happy June, friends! This week we are bringing you three interesting things to read, watch, and listen to. Hopefully these will provide some inspiration, information, or a spark of creativity! To Read: How to Create an Email Newsletter People Actually Read | Hubspot.com To Watch: 1812 Overture as Performed by the Melodica Men.  If you […]

Our Summer Reading List

May 30, 2018 In: Sound Bits

We are excited to dig into some new books this summer, and our list is below! Do you have books we should add? Send them to us at prjc@esm.rochester.edu. The Entrepreneurial Muse: Inspiring Your Career in Classical Music | by Jeffrey Nytch The Freelancer’s Bible | by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter Lessons From […]