Prepare for Career Success in the World of Classical Music
The foundation you build at CIM will prepare you for an extraordinary career. From solo and ensemble performance, composition commissions, teaching positions and portfolio careers, to prestigious graduate programs, students have used their CIM education and the endless hours in the practice room to make a career out of their passion. Your dream and career path may not look like someone else’s—we are here to guide you every step of the way.
Meet with the CIM² Career Advisor
Connect with the career advisor to explore professions and career paths that suit your interests and goals, receive one-on-one resume and portfolio support, and tap into the CIM alumni network to talk to someone who has been there. CIM² also uses College Central Network as its career management platform. This online resource is available 24/7 to help you explore local gig opportunities. Connect with the career advisor to learn how to use this platform to your advantage.
Got Curriculum? We Do.
CIM² offers complementary skill-building opportunities and access to resources that will help you retain agency over your future as a professional musician. Through CIM's First-Year Colloquium, Senior Seminar and Master’s Seminar, students will explore topics around creating contracts, finance and tax preparation for gigging artists, grant writing, copyright law and music licensing, and non-profit and for-profit business concepts, all taught by preeminent experts. As a CIM student, you also have opportunities to build out your electives and humanities by taking courses in performance psychology, physics of music, digital strategies for the arts, and more. Learn more about CIM's robust curriculum.
An Entrepreneurial Focus—Let's Hear Your Ideas.
Students can participate in Pitch Night to pitch entrepreneurial ideas and get paired with professional mentors. You’ll develop an in-depth business plan and present it to a panel for the chance to win a cash prize! To learn more, connect with Matt Arnold.
Attend Co-curricular Workshops & Conversations
Attend co-curricular workshops and conversations led by world-class artists and thought leaders, including CIM alumni, covering a variety of topics including branding, building a musical business, performance psychology, entrepreneurism, and more. Past speakers include Boston Brass trumpeter Jeff Conner; Heifetz International Music Institute faculty, New York-based actor, director and teacher Daniel Pettrow; Cypress String Quartet member Tom Stone; pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer and educator Mike Block; Cleveland Orchestra bass player Henry Peyrebrune; and many more.
Quick Access to Online Resources:
- Auditionhacker: Learn techniques and strategies for nailing your next audition.
- CIM² Resource Guide: Find travel funding resources available only to CIM students and alumni.
- CIM Libguides: Take a look at career resources found in CIM’s own Robinson Music Library.
- Fractured Atlas: Find a variety of services and information for independent artists, including venue locators, advocacy and fiscal sponsorship.
- Musical America Worldwide: Discover a collection of industry news and blogs, artist manager databases, and more.
- BMI Foundation: Read about awards, scholarships, and more.
- National Endowment for the Arts: Find grant opportunities by artistic field.
- National Federation of Music Clubs: Find local, state and national competitions and awards.
- New Music USA: Discover grants for individuals, composers and ensembles.
- The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers: Search awards and competitions for composers.
- Tuesday Musical: Learn about their scholarship competition in Ohio.
CIM² uses College Central Network as its primary career management platform. This online resource is available 24/7 to help students and alumni explore local gig opportunities.
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