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We educate, inspire and support Jacobs School of Music students as they prepare for innovative, creative, and successful lives in the arts. Offerings include expert guidance, education programs, extensive resources, project mentoring, as well as a wide variety of events.

In collaboration with the graduate and undergraduate offices, the OECD provides one-on-one career advising, multiple online tools, an alumni mentorship program, departmental career days, mentorship to student organizations and projects, and digital publications. An undergraduate Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship (15 credits) is offered by the OECD in partnership with the Kelley School of Business.


The OECD is the home base for a student-led initiative called Project Jumpstart that serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurial thought and action among students by offering high-impact career development and entrepreneurship workshops, networking events, peer support for projects, mini-conferences, and coordination of the annual Innovation Competition.


A Kelley School of Business Certificate In Entrepreneurship is available to all Jacobs School of Music undergraduate students.


Meet one-on-one with a career advisor to identify and locate information about specific music careers, prepare and optimize your resume and professional cover letter(s), and plan your career path. Appointments can be made through the Career Portal, or in person at Jumpstart Central (MU011) in Merrill Hall.

Katie WyattEntrepreneur of the Month: Katie Wyatt

Performer, Educator, and Executive Director of El Sistema USA

Jacobs School alumna Katie Wyatt is Project Jumpstart’s November Entrepreneur of the Month. In July 2016, Mrs. Wyatt became the first Executive Director of El Sistema USA, the national network supporting the U.S. movement of El Sistema, and established a new headquarters at Duke University. Mrs. Wyatt is a national leader in creating programs for access and opportunity through the transformative power of music. She enjoys teaching “Social Entrepreneurship and the Arts” as adjunct faculty at Duke University, is a national consultant and speaker in the arts for social change, and as a violist has performed with chamber groups, opera companies, and orchestras around the world.


Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the OECD provides workshops on key skill sets such as resume and cover letter writing, website development, video editing, photography, health and wellbeing. Most workshops take place at Jumpstart Central (MU011), which is located near Clouse’s Lounge.