This free series, led by experts in the field, consists of eight sessions held at CMA’s offices in New York City and streamed online.
Sessions are presented the first Tuesday of the month (October–June) unless otherwise noted. RSVP is required and space is limited.
Video of each session is posted online following the initial presentation.
October 6, 3PM: Navigating Today’s Professional Landscape
Rebekah Heller, International Contemporary Ensemble
Since its founding in 2001, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has grown into one of the most successful new music institutions in the world, thanks in no small part to its innovative, highly-integrated approach to the business of small-ensemble music. Bassoonist and 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.
Praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by The New York Times, Rebekah Heller is an accomplished chamber, orchestral, and solo musician. In addition to performing with ICE—where she is also responsible for individual giving—Rebekah has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic. Her debut solo album of world premiere recordings, 100 names, was released in 2013.
November 3, 3PM: The Business of Art—Is Fiscal Sponsorship or a 501(c)(3) Corporation Right For You?
Diana J. Basso, Law Offices of Diana J. Basso
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, including: your long- and short-term creative goals; common expectations of fiscal sponsors; current public policy; and what it takes to form your own 501(c)(3) corporation.
The Law Offices of Diana J. Basso was founded in 2008 to serve the legal needs of New York's entertainment, fashion, music, and media community. From 2005-2008, Ms. Basso was a Litigation Associate at Beatie & Osborn LLP, specializing in intellectual property and securities fraud litigation. Prior to her work in law, Diana served as a media executive at Conde Nast, Meredith, Gruner & Jahr, Working Woman, Rolling Stone, and Village Voice Media.
December 1, 3PM: Moving Forward—Self-Managing Your Career
Karen Kennedy, 24 Seven Artist Development
A session for emerging artists and ensembles on the essential materials needed to transition successfully into the professional world. Learn how to craft engaging web and publicity content; gain strategies for introducing your work to the public with maximum impact; and begin to identify opportunities for career advancement.
Karen Kennedy is the founder and president of 24 Seven Artist Development, an artist management firm founded in 1992 to provide full-range strategic marketing and career planning. Among her current and past clients are Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Jacky Terrasson, Gretchen Parlato, David Sanchez, and Camila Meza. Ms. Kennedy previously served as an executive at several major record labels including A&M Records, Perspective Records, and Silas/MCA Records
February 2, 3PM: DIY Publishing: Your Work, Your Way
Allison Loggins-Hull and Nathalie Joachim, Flutronix
Allison Loggins-Hull and Nathalie Joachim explore the pros and cons of traditional and DIY approaches to publishing your music—as well as projects that employ a hybrid of the two—in the context of a dynamic career strategy. Learn what’s changed in music publishing, what it takes to sell and market your music on your own, and how publishing your compositions can lead to other exciting professional opportunities.
Allison Loggins-Hull and Nathalie Joachim comprise Flutronix, an acclaimed flute duo whose performances feature “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals” (The Wall Street Journal). The duo’s work as performers, producers, and composers has led to high-profile collaborations and performances at the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, and WNYC’s Greenespace, as well as clinics and educational programs at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory.
March 1, 3PM: The Composer-Ensemble-Commissioner Relationship
Martin Bresnick, Yale School of Music
Commissions are a composer's daily bread, but agreeing on an appropriate commissioning fee can be daunting, given the many factors at play. Composer Martin Bresnick shares hard-won wisdom on how to keep fee negotiations fair and amicable, plus advice on responding to commissioning requests, setting pay scales, negotiating creative control, and getting your work performed more often.
Martin Bresnick's compositions—from opera, chamber, and symphonic music to film scores and computer music—are performed throughout the world. Among his many accolades are the Elise L. Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Foundation’s Aaron Copland Prize for teaching, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently professor of composition and coordinator of the composition department at the Yale School of Music.
April 5, 3PM: Finding and Keeping Your Audience
Michael Mwenso, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Join Michael Mwenso—a seasoned performer and a programmer at Jazz at Lincoln Center—for a look at audience building from both sides of the stage, with a focus on real-world insights from J@LC’s community-forward programming strategies.
Vocalist Michael Mwenso has performed with Jon Hendricks, Jamie Cullum, Reginald Veal, Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wynton Marsalis, and many others. In 2010, he was invited by Wynton Marsalis to join the programming team at Jazz at Lincoln Center and head the After-Hours program at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, where he currently is employed.
May 3, 3PM: The Music Business Lowdown: Records, Labels, and the Industry
William Brittelle, New Amsterdam Records
In a vastly-changed music industry landscape, where do record labels and traditional album releases fit in? William Brittelle, of New Amsterdam Records, offers advice on how to craft and release a recording that drives public engagement and promotes greater awareness of your art.
William Brittelle is a Brooklyn-based composer, presenter, and producer of electro-acoustic music. His compositions have been the subject of features in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Time Out NY, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and have been presented across the U.S. and internationally. He co-artistic directs New Amsterdam Records and New Amsterdam Presents, a vital Brooklyn-based record label and presenting organization.
June 7, 3PM: Developing Your Online Presence: Websites, Social Media, and Email Marketing
Thomas Deneuville, I Care If You Listen
A well-designed website and active social media presence are considered essential for today’s artists—but how can you stand out from the crowd? Thomas Deneuville describes the basic toolbox available to today's musician and how it can be leveraged to develop a personal, professional, and impactful online presence.
Thomas Deneuville is the founder and editor-in-chief of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, an award-winning blog and digital magazine dedicated to New Music. He also founded Sustainist Media, a digital media and promotion company whose clients include Carnegie Hall, the Curtis Institute of Music, Naxos, the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and many more.
First Tuesdays is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.