Highlights from CMA's First Tuesday Sessions are archived below. Videos from the current season are generally posted within two weeks of their original airing.
In this video, recorded at our October First Tuesday Session, Sami Abu Shumays of Flushing Town Hall and the Arab music ensemble, Zikrayat shares strategies for expanding audiences and bridging cultural divides from the perspective of both presenter and artist.
Vocalist, violinist, educator, and arts administrator Sami Abu Shumays founded the Arab music ensemble Zikrayat in 2005. Since 2012, he has served as deputy director of Flushing Town Hall, where he has advocated for cultural equity and for increased support to immigrant arts. A specialist in the traditional music of Egypt and Syria, Shumays has led workshops throughout the U.S. on Arabic music and published scholarly work on maqam.
In this video, recorded at our June 2016 First Tuesday Session, Thomas Deneuville of I Care If You Listen describes the basic digital toolbox available to today's musician and how it can be leveraged to develop a personal, professional, and impactful online presence. READ MORE
In this video, recorded at our May 2016 First Tuesday Session, William Brittelle, of New Amsterdam Records, offers advice to independent musicians on releasing records and navigating the music business. READ MORE
In this video, recorded at our February 2016 First Tuesday Session, the innovative flute-and-electronics ensemble Flutronix discusses DIY and traditional approaches to publishing music. READ MORE
A session for emerging artists and ensembles on the essential materials needed to transition successfully into the professional world. READ MORE
Considering fiscal sponsorship? New York-based attorney, musician, and not-for-profit board member Diana J. Basso walks you through the important factors to consider. READ MORE
Bassoonist and ICE-core member Rebekah Heller discusses what it takes to run a successful ensemble in today’s performing arts environment, and how artistry and organizational savvy can—and should—coexist in a career. READ MORE
Donna Walker-Kuhne—of NJPAC and Walker Communications Group—introduces ten essential techniques for building long-lasting relationships within your community. READ MORE
A well-crafted video raises the visibility of all your music activities—whether performance, teaching, or outreach. Learn how to be your own art director and/or to work with a cinematographer to create captivating visual media. READ MORE
In this video, Matt Merewitz maps out the “new world order” of print and digital music promotion with a focus on strategy. Learn the benefits of “old school” practices in combination with new approaches. READ MORE