RECESS @ IU Music & Ideas Festival


Students! Don’t miss RECESS: Music & Ideas Festival on April 7 at the IMU, A national entrepreneurship festival, underwritten by Marc Cuban and organized by IU Alumnus Deuce Thevenow.


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Don’t miss this opportunity to meet two leading professional

Music Entrepreneur and 2015 Singing Hoosiers Distinguished Alumni Awardee
12-1:15pm, East Studio Building, JS415


Orchestra Manager, International Cultural Expert
FRIDAY, April 10
12-1:15pm, Jumpstart Central, MU011


For More information and to sign up click here >


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Berlin Summer University of the Arts 2015

Introducing the Berlin Summer University of the Arts 2015 at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).

Berlin-summerA wide spectrum of courses in Music, Fine Arts, Design/Service Design and the Performing Arts as well as interdisciplinary workshops is supplemented by seminars in Creative Entrepreneurship, Self-Marketing and Arts Management. All current information about the courses (deadlines, fees, accommodation) as well as online registration is available on our website:

We would also like to make you aware of our very special writing workshop, a “Writing Ashram” with Ingrid Scherübl and Katja Günther, conceived especially for PhD students looking to make significant progress on their dissertations.

If you would like more information or course material, or have any further questions about our programme please feel free to contact us at any time at:

Warm regards and thanks,
The Berlin Summer University of the Arts Team

Berlin Summer University of the Arts
Universität der Künste Berlin
Berlin Career College
International Summer School of Creative Entrepreneurship/ISSCE

tel. 030-31852087
fax. 030-31852690

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ERIC STARK – March Entrepreneur of the Month

EntrepreneurHeader-StarkMeet ERIC STARK, Project Jumpstart’s Entrepreneur of the Month!
Eric is Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
and Director of Choral Activities at Butler University

Stark-150By developing a professional life that combines performance, scholarship and collaborative leadership, Jacobs School alumnus and conductor Dr. Eric Stark has established himself as a leading choral-orchestral specialist. He is currently director of choral activities at Butler University and artistic director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

Project Jumpstart recently caught up with him to discuss trends in choral music, seek advice on how best to prepare for a career in music, and to see how he maintains his very busy schedule.


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Guest Alumni Career Session: Yacht Rock Revue

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Thursday, March 12 | 2:30-4pm | MA004

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The Yacht Rock Revue boasts five Jacobs School Alumni and will be returning to Bloomington to play the Bluebird as part of their Midwest tour. In their Project Jumpstart career session, they will talk about how their group evolved from an indie band in Atlanta to “the Greatest Show on Surf and the finest tribute to ‘70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Ever.”

Famous for blurring the lines between tribute band, original act, and comedic troupe, the Yacht Rock Revue has packed shows at historic venues including the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, the Knitting Factory in New York City, Athens’ famed Georgia Theatre, Washington DC’s State Theatre, and Nashville’s Mercy Lounge. Members have played shared the stage with such artists as Weezer, Billy Joel, Walter Egan, .38 Special, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Little River Band, Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher, Starbuck, Sarah McLachlan, Don Henley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Finn, Jellyfish, Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett, Wet Willie, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, the Saturday Night Live Band, and many others.

See you there!

Team JumpStart

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Impressions of Brown County: An Evening of Art, Music & Storytelling

March 12, 2015 | 7:30pm | Brown County Playhouse


Inspired by the extraordinary artistry of the region, the Brown County Playhouse, Project Jumpstart and Jacobs School students are developing an innovative project that uses iconic early 20th Century photographs of Frank Hohenberger and paintings from the collection of the Brown County Art Gallery and Museum to generate new works by composers.

The collaboration between ensembles New Voices Opera and Novacane Quartet, composers in the IU Jacobs School of Music, the Brown County Art Gallery and Museum, and storyteller Paul Whitehouse, will culminate in a showcase event at the Brown County Playhouse on March 12 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the event, available at the Brown County Playhouse Box Office, are $12 (general admission,) and $8 (students, seniors, and members of the military.)

Photographer and newspaperman Frank Hohenberger spent forty-seven years recording the life, customs, and scenes of the hills of Brown County, with side trips and hired assignments in other areas of Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Mexico. Thousands of images taken from 1904-1948 of landscapes, buildings, and people testify to Hohenberger’s belief, recorded in his diary, that “pictures speak the only language all mankind can understand.”

The photos for the project have been provided courtesy of the Indiana University Lilly Library. Over 9,000 of Hohenberger’s photos have been digitized and are available online as the Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection.


Brown County Playhouse The Brown County Playhouse entertained its first audience on July 1949. For more than 61 years, the Playhouse was owned by Indiana University Foundation and operated for the benefit of IU Theatre Department. In 2011, the IU Foundation handed over the keys to the Playhouse to the Brown County Community Foundation. A local group of professionals formed Brown County Playhouse Management, Inc. to manage the facility. The Playhouse doors are open once more, offering a diverse selection of performing arts year round.

New Voices Opera is dedicated to promoting American contemporary opera by performing emerging composer’s works. With a fully staged and orchestrated opera production in Bloomington each spring and several training programs and workshops throughout the year, the organization provides invaluable performance and growth opportunities for young artists and student musicians.

Founded in 2014, the Novacane Quartet aims to elevate the clarinet quartet and its repertoire to an artistic level. By exploring new genres of music, commissioning new works, and collaborating with artists of various disciplines, the Novacane Quartet seeks to present interesting art to new audiences.

Storyteller Paul Whitehouse is a Chicago based performer and teaching artist. His original stories have been featured at This Much is True, Paper Machete, Hump Night and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theater.  As an actor, he has performed on stages in Chicago, tours the country with Child’s Play, and can be seen in student film, webisodes, and web commercials. As a teacher, he spends his summers with General Theatre Studies, Goodman Theatre’s teen intensive program, and he has developed curriculum and teaches for Child’s Play Touring Theatre.

The Brown County Art Gallery was established in 1926 by the early members of an important regional art colony who began exploring rural southern Indiana in the 1890s. These early artists had been trained in the best art schools of Europe and America and were attracted to the rolling hills of Brown County because it offered both dramatic landscapes and interesting people to serve as subjects for their work. Visitors to the Brown County Art Gallery will still find the work of today’s top Indiana artists for sale and can learn the history of those who came before through special exhibits, video presentations, books, and historic programs. For those who collect early Indiana art, expertise is available along with the Gallery Consignment room where paintings by the early Hoosier Masters are available for purchase.

IU Jacobs School of Music’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development, provides expert guidance, resources, and a wide variety of events designed to empower Jacobs School of Music students as they prepare for careers in music and dance. Through the student-led initiative Project Jumpstart, the program offers entrepreneurship workshops, networking events, student competitions, {well-advised} lunches, and residencies by prominent arts entrepreneurs. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit

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Breaking Into The Profession, Session III | YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS FOR VOCALISTS

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Saturday, February 28, 12:30-2pm | Music Library, M285

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Amanda Sewell: Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month

Picture of Amanda SewellMeet Amanda Sewell, Project Jumpstart’s
February Entrepreneur of the Month!

With extensive research published in peer-reviewed publications, such as the Journal of the Society for American Music, Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Amanda Sewell is a musicological force. She’s also a highly motivated entrepreneur and has developed a thriving editing and consulting business, in The Write, that focuses on academics and documents related to scholarship, research, and higher education.

Project Jumpstart recently caught up with Amanda to discuss her work and her insights on the variety of career options available to students with a rigorous academic training.

Click here for the Interview >

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Culturally Impoverished: US NEA Spends 1/40th of What Germany Doles Out for Arts Per Capita

10 countries that leave the US in the dust on funding the arts.

By Jodie Gummow / AlterNet

shutterstock_106550747In the United States, government expenditure for the arts remains minuscule when compared to the amount of money the government spends in other areas of the public sector. Federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), created by Congress to offer support and funding for art projects, remains static at $146.2 million a year, with a measly annual budget of $158 million.

To put that into context, the government has disbursed over $245 billion bailing out banks and financial institutions. The National Science Foundation’s annual budget sits around the $7 billion mark, despite the fact that research shows art studies close the gap between high- and low-income students and not only improve numerical skills but promote creativity and social development.

In 2011, art funding in the United States reached a record low following the financial crisis. The 2013 National Arts Index revealed art spending made up just 0.28 percent of the government’s non-military budget in 2011, with local government spending also dropping by 21 percent over that time. The percentage of American households donating private funds to the arts also declined by almost 9 percent.

Such figures are symptomatic of our free-market, capitalistic society. Contrast that with the European model, where art is not viewed as a commodity but as a universal birthright to be protected and celebrated. In the spirit of reviving art funding and our perception of culture on our home soil, here is a list of 10 countries that fund citizens to pursue artistic endeavors.

1. Germany: Germany’s cultural budget was approximately $1.63 billion USD in 2013. According to Ian Moss, research director of Fractured Atlas, Germany’s art funding in 2007 equated to roughly $20 per German citizen, which “dwarfs the 41 cents per red-blooded American provided by the NEA. What artist wouldn’t want to live there?” Moss told Huffington Post. Since the 1970s, Germany has implemented a federal program for art purchases and the collection of contemporary art in a bid to support artist organizations and bodies. In fact, publicly funded cultural institutions are used to educate people to promote interest in art. In 2013, the German culture budget rose by 8 percent even despite an overall federal budget decrease by 3.1 percent.

2. Northern Ireland: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland announced it will award over £13 million ($21 million USD) to arts projects through northern Ireland, including theater and literature for its tiny 1.8 million population. The Arts Council is the development and funding agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It distributes public money and National Lottery funds to develop art projects and events throughout the country for both individual international artists to perform in Ireland as well as organizations.

3. France: France has always had a vast appreciation for art and culture, which it considers almost holy. Home to some of the most prominent art displays in the world, French museums generate over 20 million viewers a year. The budget of the French Ministry of Culture for 2013 was close to €7.4 billion ($10 billion USD) with €3.5 billion ($4.73 billion USD) dedicated to the cultural field alone.  Despite such a large distribution, these figures actually represent a 2.3 percent drop in art, which has prompted protests and strikes across the country in recent times.

4. Sweden: The Swedish Arts Council is a government authority that implements national cultural policy by allocating generous funding to performing arts, music and literature. Every year, huge sums of public money are dished out to punk rock and indie music bands, which American Republicans have criticized. In 2011, the Swedish government spent 2.60% of its central government spending on culture alone. The Swedish Arts Grant Committee allocates approximately 100 million SEK to the arts ($15 million USD) for its modest 9 million people. Moreover, the Nordic Culture Fund supports artistic and cultural cooperation between all the Nordic countries. The fund goes a step further, even supporting architecture, design, visual arts, performing arts, film, literature, music and multicultural projects.

5. Australia: In Australia, government expenditure for the arts and cultural activities in 2011-2012 period was estimated to be approximately $7 billion for a population of only 22 million. In 2013, the Australia government confirmed an additional $75.3 million in funding over four years to support Australian artists and art organizations. The government supports the arts in Australia through a number of programs including arts training bodies, music, film festivals and also includes radio and television. Each state in Australia has an Arts Council that provides the majority of funding. In 2008–’09, cultural funding by all three tiers of government averaged $311.77 per person in Australia.

6. Finland: In Finland, the Ministry of Education oversees arts and cultural funding and directly supports individual artists through extensive cultural and professional training schemes supported by the central government. In 2011, government expenditure on culture was €33 million ($44.61 million USD) for its 5.3 million citizens with €14 million ($18.93 million USD) spend on individual artists alone. Remarkably, Finnish visual artists are entitled to receive a five-year salary paid by the Finnish Art Council.

7. England: TheDepartment for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is responsible for the arts in the United Kingdom, funding art through Arts Council England, which merged with other arts boards to distribute grants and National Lottery funds to support “good causes” in the arts. At present, the National Lottery has provided a benefit of £165 per person ($269 USD) in London compared to £47 per person ($76.64 USD) for the rest of England, which has angered British residents about unfair regional distributions. In 2012-2013 alone, DCMS funded 16 major national museums and galleries totaling £447 million ($728 million USD) according to The Conversation.

8. Uzbekistan: In 2004, the Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan Foundation was established and is the largest public organization in Uzbekistan dedicated to reviving and funding the arts. The Forum provides financial support for young talent and craft dynasties and has generated increased international support with offices all over the world including Moscow, Beijing and Paris. The group organizes annual festivals like the Youth of Uzbekistan Festival of Fine Arts and joint opera concerts, which generate major public participation. Even during the Soviet period, the government gave extensive support to the arts, built cultural centers and paid the salaries of professional artists. Unfortunately, government censorship issues have impacted various art projects, which have restricted most art festivals to the capital of Tashkent. Nonetheless, the fund continues to organize state-endorsed exhibitions and support its artists.

9. Mexico: Mexican artists can pay their taxes with artwork in an “art-for-amnesty” type exchange, according to USA Today. Since 1957, the Mexican government has offered artists a deal where if they are able to sell five artworks in a year, they can offer the government artwork in lieu of tax payments. Under the scheme, the government displays the art in museums and government offices and loans them out for special exhibitions. Participants must register with the Tax Administration Service and submit their work to a jury to prove they have actually shown or sold artwork. To date, there are around 700 artists registered and the Mexican government has amassed 8,000 works of art.

10. The Balkans: The Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC) provides funding for the arts with a view to strengthening and promoting artistic cultural development in the Western Balkans specifically to bridge broken relationships in the former Yugoslavia. BAC is financially supported by the European Cultural Foundation and the Open Society Foundations as well a number of other European cities like Amsterdam and Budapest which largely back the arts in their own countries.

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Jacobs School’s Kenari Quartet is Featured Ensemble on Performance Today


The Jacobs School student ensemble, the Kenari Saxophone Quartet, will be featured for three consecutive days as Young Artists in Residence on Performance Today, American Public Media’s daily radio program.

Performances and interviews with the ensemble can be heard on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Feb 11-13, as well as on the Performance Today website. Local public radio WFIU airs the program from 1-3pm and from 5-7pm on its HD-2 channel.

The feature follows the Kenari Quartet’s week-long residency at the Performance Today’s studios that included recordings, interviews with host Fred Child, performances in local public schools, and discussions with local college students about careers. A blog about the Kenari Quartet’s experiences can be found on their website at

All members of the ensemble – Bob Eason, Kyle Baldwin, Corey Dundee, and Steven Banks – have been mentored by Professor Otis Murphy and others on the Jacobs School faculty.

“I am so excited about Kenari Quartet,” said Murphy. “They are wonderful both as artists and as individuals and they bring to the concert stage sincerity, charisma, passion and dedication. I wish them much continued success and I cherish the time I have shared with them as their coach and mentor.”

In addition, the ensemble has benefitted from the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development (OECD), as they continue to professionalize their activities. The OECD runs Project Jumpstart, a student-led initiative that supports career development through a variety of programs and events.

“Project Jumpstart has truly lived up to its name for us in the Kenari Quartet,” said Steven Banks, member of the ensemble. “The Jacobs School has given us invaluable professional guidance and provided us with great opportunities to ‘jumpstart’ our young careers. We are so thankful to have this incredible resource at our fingertips as we study for our degrees.”

As part of its Performance Today residency, The Kenari Quartet presented a concert to 900 public school students at the Nova Academy in St. Paul.


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