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EXCEL Resources

Entrepreneurship Resources

A Blade of Grass
New York-based organization that provides funding and fellowship resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change.

 

ArtsEngine
Funding for interdisciplinary student-led projects with art as a primary focus; variety of other programs.

Arts @ Michigan
Integrates the visual, performing and literary arts into the undergraduate experience at UM. Programs include Welcome Week’s Artscapade, Passport to the Arts ticket voucher program, Art Outta Town trips, and grants to support student-led arts events.

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student entrepreneurship resources based in the College of Engineering. Provides special programs, classes, funding, and mentorship.

FracturedAtlas
National arts organization that provides fiscal sponsorship and insurance for individual artists, and a variety of other resources like technological support, cultural asset mapping, research and data analysis, and advisory services.

InnovateBlue
As the University of Michigan’s hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, Innovate Blue helps turn ideas into action by supporting, connecting, and expanding the Michigan entrepreneurial network and community.

Music Teacher's Helper
Great resource for teachers to keep track of financial side of studio/student transactions.

Performing Arts EXCELerator
An entrepreneurial fellowship program open to all U-M students with performing arts projects as individuals or teams.

The DIY Musician
Blog and resources for up-and-coming musicians including promotional and press tips.

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Career Services Resources

Artjobs
Wide-ranging database of performance, education, and arts administration positions.

Arts Alliance
Ann Arbor's local regranting agency advocating for and supporting individual artists, and arts businesses.

American for the Arts Job Bank
National arts organization that serves, advocates, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Contains a job search database and connects you to a community of art-supporting organizations.

Bridge Worldwide Music Connection
Online music and arts administration database hosted by New England Conservatory.

EXCELcasts
Short podcast-style videos featuring interviews with entrepreneurial artists from the U-M community and beyond.

Handshake
A students one-stop for internships, networking, and career services. (Accessible through The University Career Center.)

International Musician
Information for musicians on music business tips, job, and audition listings and legal resources.

Musical Chairs
Online resource for performance, teaching, and administration opportunities for classical musicians.

Springboard for the Arts
Non-profit organization providing workshops, consultations, legal resources, and professional development tips.

The New York Foundation for the Arts
Provides programs, fiscal sponsorship, cash grants, and other professional development resources for working artists and emerging arts organizations

The University Career Center
The central hub for student career development resources including resume assistance, career advising, interviewing practice, internship search and networking resources.

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Internships

Handshake
A student's one-stop shop for internships, networking, and career services. (Accessible through The University Career Center.)

LSA Student Internships
LSA Student Internship Opportunities.

LSA Internship Funding
Student's spot for funding/grant for travel. LSA STUDENTS ONLY.

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Funding Resources

A Blade of Grass
New York-based organization that provides funding and fellowship resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change.

Arts Alliance
Student's spot for funding/grant for travel. LSA STUDENTS ONLY.

ArtsEngine
Funding for interdisciplinary student-led projects with art as a primary focus, of a variety of programs.

Fractured Atlas
National arts organization that provides fiscal sponsorship and insurance for individual artists, and a variety of other resources like technological support, cultural asset mapping, research and data analysis, and advisory services.

LSA Internship Funding
Student's spot for funding/grant for travel. LSA STUDENTS ONLY.

LSA Student Scholarships
LSA's page for student scholarship opportunities. LSA STUDENTS ONLY.

New Music USA
Provides grants, an "outline home" for musicians to feature their music on the radio, publications and other resources.

Performing Arts EXCELerator
An entrepreneurial fellowship program open to all U-M students with performing arts projects as individuals or teams.

The Michigan Council for the Arts
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative, and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding.

Grants for Individual Artists

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Performing and Teaching Resources

CollabConnect
SMTD students' resource for finding gigs and performance opportunities.

Hire an SMTD Performer
Resource for outside parties or SMTD students to contact musicians for hire

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Curricular Offerings

Minor in Entrepreneurship
This 15-credit minor equips undergraduate students from any background or area of study with the necessary skills and experience to translate ideas into real impact in the arts, sciences, commercial, and social spheres.

Performing Arts Management Minor
The minor in Performing Arts Management (PAM) invites exceptional undergraduate students to add an arts business and entrepreneurship background to their academic portfolio.

SMTD General Student Resources Page
General resources for SMTD students including handbooks, lockers, academic courses, exams, degree reqs, etc.

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Graduate Student Resources

Academia.edu
Social media platform for academics to share research papers.

Rackham Graduate Student Success Resources
Provides innovative programs, professional development, and social events that support graduate students, nurturing their academic growth and transition to graduate school.

VersatilePhD
Assists graduate and PhD students to discover a unique career path in non-academic fields including the humanities, social science & STEM.

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Student Organizations

Arts Enterprise
Student organization committed to producing a lecture series that features speakers who have found innovative niches within their arts profession.

Basement Arts
Student organization that puts on theatre productions- a platform for diverse and adventurous productions.

Collaborative Student Assembly
Student organization comprised of SMTD students who aim to connect to students, administration and faculty.

CollabConnect
SMTD students' resource for finding gigs and performance opportunities.

Dance Student Assembly (DSA)
Official student government of the SMTD Dance Department.

Empty Mug Records (EMR)
Independent student-run record label committed to promoting local musicians on the UM campus.

Gilbert and Sullivan Society (UMGASS)
Theatre society celebrating the works of William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan by performing two operettas a year.

Musket/UAC
Student organization that presents two musicals per year in the Power Center. Open to theatre and non-theatre majors.

OptiMize
Home to the Social Innovation Challenge and Summer Fellowship Program, an organization that awards $100,000 in funding for student start-ups and social action.

MPowered Entrepreneurship
Provides entrepreneurial projects designed to be risk-taking, attention-grabbing and motivational.

Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity
Social music fraternity whose foundation centers on music promotion.

Sigma Alpha Iota
Social music fraternity for women which promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music.

Stamp Nation: United by Music
Student group that strives to create a community of artists and promotes their music.

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Tax & Legal Resources

Creative-Rights.org
Provides development, consulting, legal and implementation services for artists and entrepreneurs to develop solutions to community-based issues.

Fair Use Evaluator
Useful information on copyright and fair use policies.

Self Employment in the Arts- Accounting and Tax Resources
Resources for financing your artistic career including money basics and cash flow.

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Professional Organizations

Arts Administration/Entrepreneurship

Association of Arts Administration Educators
Membership-based non-profit organization that represent undergraduate programs in arts administration. Offers conferences and arts admin publications and resources.

Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education
Conferences, journals and academic resources for arts administrative positions.

 

Arts Education

National Guild for Community Arts Education

 

Music

American String Teachers' Association (ASTA)
Offers membership, competition, mentorship and other resources to string musicians.

American Composers Forum
Professional opportunities for musicians including festivals, grants, and an online music library.

American Musicological Society
Musicology-based grants, fellowships, awards, journal publication and annual meetings.

ASCAP
Membership-based association of over 585,000 U.S. songwriters, composers, lyricists, and music publishers, distributing licenses, royalties and other artists protections.

BMI
Similar agency to ASCAP that seeks to represent artists' music and protect their publishing and performance rights.

Chamber Music America
Member-based society comprised of ensemble musician professionals that provides professional resources, seminars, conferences, grants and awards.

College Music Society
Membership-based society dedicated to professional and career development for artists including symposiums, national conferences, summits and webinars.

Early Music America (EMA)
Magazine and membership-based organization that offers music scholarships, grants, recording competitions, and online score database.

Society for Ethnomusicology
Network of institutions and individuals dedicated to the study of music in historical and cultural contexts.

Harry Fox Agency
Provider of mechanical licensing services for music publishers.

International Society for Music Education
Offers membership, events and publications for music educators affiliated with International Music Council and UNESCO.

League of American Orchestras
Leadership and development, advocacy, jobs and conferences for American orchestras.

Music Publishers Association
Non-profit music trade organization that advances compliance with copyright laws and communication between music educators, publishers and dealers.

Music Teachers National Association
Organization dedicated to supporting the careers and professionalism of music teachers.

National Association for Music Education
One of the largest arts education organizations with local, state & national resources. Advocacy, professional development, and additional resources upon membership.

New Music USA
Provides grants, an "online home" for musicians to feature their music on the radio, publications and other resources.

Musical America
Professional growth, contests and awards, and other resources for music professionals.

SESAC
U.S. Music Rights Organizations (oversees Rumblefish and Harry Fox Agency) that is a national leader of mechanical rights, benefiting music creators and users.

Society for Music Theory
Membership-based society that promotes engagement with music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline.

 

Dance

Dance USA
Membership-based organization that offers leadership and advocacy resources for dancing artists.

National Dance Council of America
Leading authority organization for dance professionals, amateurs and Pro/Am Competitors.

National Dance Education Organization
Provides networking forums, professional development, honor societies and research & advocacy tools for K-12, colleges and community centers.

 

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Books

Beeching, Angela Myles. Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music (available through Mirlyn)

Borg, Bobby. Music marketing for the DIY musician: Creating and executing a plan of attack on a low budget (available through Mirlyn)

Congdon, Lisa. Art, Inc: The essential guide for building your career as an artist (available through Mirlyn)

Crofts, Neil. Authentic: How to make a living by being yourself (available through Mirlyn)

Cutler, David. The Savvy Musician (available through Mirlyn)

Gordon, Steve R. The future of the music business: How to succeed with the new digital technologies: A guide for artists and entrepreneurs (available through Mirlyn)

Grady, Jamie. Actor, Inc: How to get the next gig-- and still play your rent (available through Mirlyn)

Hatschek, Keith. How to get a job in the music industry (available through Mirlyn)

Kane, Susan Mohini. The 21st-century singer: Making the leap from the university into the world (available through Mirlyn)

Ladd, David. Footlight dreams: Following your passion for a career in musical theatre, a guide for performers, parents and teachers (available through Mirlyn)

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