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Entrepreneurship and Career Development

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development (OECD) provides expert guidance and resources, as well as a wide variety of events designed to empower Jacobs School of Music students as they prepare for a career in music and dance.


Led by students in the Jacobs School, Project Jumpstart offers high-impact programming that includes career development and entrepreneurship workshops, professional development programs, self-promotion and publicity, and networking events.


The Jacobs School of Music’s new Career Portal provides a comprehensive web-based career planning tool for students, faculty, alumni, career counselors, and employers. Click here for more information >


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


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.


Meet one-on-one with a career counselor 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.


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Jumpstart Entrepreneur: Chris Botti
On Pursuing a Career in the 21st Century

Chris BottiThe phenomenally successful and deeply soulful trumpeter Chris Botti is Project Jumpstart’s Entrepreneur of the Month for August.

An alumnus of the IU Jacobs School of Music, Botti’s career has included a 2013 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album, three nominations in 2010 for his live album Chris Botti in Boston. No less than four of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart. His collaborations include working with Sting, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Frank Sinatra. In the coming year, Chris will perform with alumnus Joshua Bell on an international tour.

Chris recently spent time talking with Project Jumpstart about his life as a student in the Jacobs School of Music, early career moves, and what it takes to keep up with a fast-changing musical landscape.

Read the Interview >