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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 or dance.

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 promotes entrepreneurial 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.


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.


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.


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.


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Jumpstart Entrepreneurs of The Month:
Young Jazz Innovators!

Jazz InnovatorsCongratulations to Rahsaan Barber, Benny Reid, Ashley Summers, Michael Burton, Zach Lupidus, Matt Mitchell, Josh Johnson, and Lance Tolbert!

In honor of the 2016 Jazz Celebration, Project Jumpstart features eight young Jacobs jazz alumni as our April Entrepreneurs of the Month. Aside from being remarkable musicians in their own right, these artists have paved their own way in the jazz world through entrepreneurial and innovative action.

This edition has been produced in partnership wtih Kaitlyn Williams and Kathryn Sherman, two undergraduate jazz voice majors at the Jacobs School of Music.