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The Jacobs School is grateful for support and assistance from The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kelley School of Business.

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Past Event Materials

April 2014

A {well-advised} Lunch with John Gibson & Mark Hood

Enjoy this lunchtime discussion with Recording Arts Professor Mark Hood and Electronic Music Professor John Gibson on careers in music and our changing world.

March 2014

A {well-advised} Lunch with Dean Gwyn Richards & Dr. Gary Anderson

Enjoy a discussion between Dr Gary Anderson and Dean Gwyn Richards with Jacobs School students about a careers and entrepreneurship. 

A {well-advised} Lunch with Jeff Nelson & Jorja Fleezanis

Enjoy a vibrant conversation with two legendary performers, Jacobs School faculty members, and gurus in the creative worlds they occupy!  Jorja Fleezanis and Jeff Nelsen have great advice for JSoM students.

Jeff Nelson's Fearless Performance Top Ten List

With a wide-ranging career as an internationally acclaimed hornist, pedagogue, entrepreneur and professional advisor, world-renowned Jacobs School of Music professor Jeff Nelsen is Project Jumpstart's Entrepreneur of the Month for March 2014. His enterprising activities connect with an amazing cross-section of the music industry.

Enjoy a Top Ten list of Jeff's comments to Project Jumpstart that cover his career, entrepreneurship, and his advice for JSOM students.


February 2014

The {well-advised} Lunch Series: Slyvia McNair and Susan Swaney

Joshi International Fellowship Info Session

An informational session on the Joshi International Fellowship program. Led by Mary Ann Hart with Eiddwen Harrhy, Thomas Florio, Chris Lysack, Georgios and Simona Zacharias, and Angela Brower.

December 2013

Booker T. Jones Meet & Greet

Booker T Jones, American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer, and arranger, visited the Jacobs School to discuss his diverse and full career. Interview conducted by Jacobs School faculty member Andy Hollinden.

November 2013

JUMPSTART SATURDAYS: Building a Professional Identity in the 21st Century

View a brief overview of the first JUMPSTART SATURDAYS session - Building a Professional Identity in the 21st Century - with Alain Barker, Phil Ford, and Phil Ponella.

The {well-advised} Lunch Series: Gwyn Richards and Professor Marietta Simpson

Enjoy a lunchtime conversation that covers Jacobs School news, as well as thoughts about innovation and entrepreneurship in the world of music.

October 2013

Béla Fleck Meet & Greet 

While on tour fall 2013, banjoist and collaborator extraordinaire Béla Fleck came to Indiana University. During his visit Béla sat down for an interview with Project Jumpstart (The IU Jacobs School of Music Career & Entrepreneurship Department) to talk about careers, practicing, and the art of being a complete musician. Enjoy this video of the event.

The {well-advised} Lunch Series: Eiddwen Harrhy

View the full session from our {well-advised} lunch with soprano and Handel specialist, Eiddwen Harrhy, Professor of Voice at the Royal College of Music, London. The event was supported by The Five Friends Master Class Series in Honor of Georgina Joshi and took place on October 22nd. 

The {well-advised} Lunch Series: Steve Zegree and Tom Walsh

Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music and Sining Hoosiers Director Steve Zegree and Professor of Music and Chair of Jazz Studies, Tom Walsh joined us October 24th in the JSoM's new studio building for our second {well-advised} lunch of the semester. Check out the full session below if you missed it!

September 2013

The Joshua Bell Meet & Greet

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell joined IU Jacobs School of Music students in the lobby of the Musical Arts Center to talk about his life as a musical entrepreneur. During the session, he spoke passionately about his appreciation for his former teacher Josef Gingold and the way in which growing up in Bloomington as a student prepared him for his professional activities. During the session, he answered a number of questions from the students about changes in classical music. An abbreviated collection of comments from the session can be seen here.

April 2013

The Power of Music: Transforming Society, Business & Government

Juan Antonio Cuellar discussed his work with Batuta and spoke about working with communities, businesses and governments in establishing music initiatives.

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March 2013

Becoming Bulletproof: Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Noa Kageyama showed students how to manage performance anxiety, even in the most stressful of situations.

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February 2013

Establishing a Private Studio

Rose Sciaroni, Mike Walker, and Katie Dukes discussed how to launch a successful studio, with tips for how to bring your services to a saturated market.

Download our notes on Establishing a Private Studio
Download the Establishing a Private Studio presentation
Download the Establishing a Private Studio handout
Watch the full workshop:
Creating a Website

Project Jumpstart interim coordinator Lindsay Medina and team member Joanna Helms walked through how to determine your website's purpose and what to include, then demonstrated popular website builders Wordpress and Weebly.

Download the Creating a Website presentation
Download the Weebly Basics handout
Download the Wordpress Basics handout
Music Copyright and Distribution in the Digital Age

JSoM resident copyright lawyer Naz Pantaloni discussed copyright law and its affects on music and answered questions related to reproduction and fair use.

Download the Music Copyright and Distribution presentation


January 2013

Recording Basics

Mark Hood and Konrad Strauss provided information about and demonstrations of basic recording techniques.

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October 2012

Finding a College Teaching Job

Kyle Adams, Brian Horne, and Eugene O'Brien provided suggestions for applying to college teaching positions, including how to decide where to apply, interview tips, and insights on the application process.

Download Professor Adams's presentation on how to present yourself in an interview
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Articulate Your Mission

Karl Paulnack, Director of Music at Boston Conservatory, led a discussion on constructing an effective mission statement.

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Singing in Europe: Continuing the Conversation

Byron Knutson, director of the Opera Studio of the Komische Oper Berlin, discussed how to be successful in finding a singing job in Europe.

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Audition Success

David Effron, Jeff Nelsen, and Arthur Fagen spoke about audition strategies and techniques.

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September 2012

Singing and Auditioning in Europe

Emilio Pons, Falko Hönisch, and Wolfgang Brendel shared insights on how to navigate a singing career in Europe.

Learn about What the Fach, the career guide for opera singers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Visit the NYIOP (New York International Opera Auditions) website
The State of the Orchestra

Stephen Wyrczynski, Jorja Fleezanis, and Edward Gazouleas discussed life as a symphony musician, from contract negotiations to labor disputes.

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April 2012

Show Me the Money! Finding, Writing, & Getting Grants

Professors Giovanni Zanovello, Kimberly Carballo, and Carmen Téllez, along with GradGrants Center consultant Cassandra Chambliss, spoke about a variety of funding options for research, projects, and professional development.

Visit the GradGrants Center website
View the GradGrants Center funding tips presentation
View Professor Zanovello's presentation


December 2011

Buzzworthy: Powering Your Online Presence

Guest panelists Madalyn Parnas, Dmitri Vietze, and John Tafoya provided insight about creating a professional online presence.

Download Professor Tafoya's tips for building a successful website
Download a guide to drawing traffic to your site
Watch the video: John Tafoya
Watch the video: Madalyn Parnas
Watch the video: Dmitri Vietze
Watch the video: Q & A


November 2011

The 2012 Idea Competition: Be a Winner!

The Hoosier Hatchery team gave a presentation on the 2012 Idea Competition. (A recap is also available on our blog.)

Download the Idea Competition presentation
Transforming Ideas into Opportunities

Special guest Kevin Woelfel spoke about his arts opportunity analysis tool, I'mART. He also introduced students to a set of resources designed to help in idea brainstorming, financial planning, and the creation of a value proposition.

Download the I'mART booklet
Download the planning resources worksheet


Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of past and future events!