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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.


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 Entrepreneur: Mike Epstein
On Taking Risks and Following your Passion

This month, Project Jumpstart interviews Jacobs School jazz alumnus, Mike Epstein, who serves as president of his self-started and fast-growing booking agency, Mike Epstein and Company, where he promotes award winning musicians.

Mike Epstein and Company currently represents thirteen artists encompassing a wide variety of styles including world music, jazz, blues, and bluegrass. The agency employees two full-time team members and has previously hosted interns from the New England Conservatory of Music. In his own words, "the agency is honored to work with award-winning performers who remind us how inspiring music and the arts can be."

To complement his entrepreneurial activites, Mike produces his own podcast, Speaking of the Arts, which features prominent programming directors, artists, managers and agents in conversation about the many challenges facing the music insdustry as well as the tools and processes that can be used to succeed in this ever-changing business.