Define Your Success

The foundation you create 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 rely on their CIM education to transform their passion into all kinds of professions.

Meet The Team

We're here to encourage and guide you as you explore and refine your career strategy.

Ariel Karas
Connect with career advisor Ariel Karas 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.
Ali King
Connect with Ali King, director, partnerships and career strategy, to develop and refine your digital portfolio, articulate your artist statement, and construct a measurable plan to pursue your professional aspirations.

Build Skills For Your Future

The Center offers access to resources that will help you manage your career as a professional musician. Through CIM's First-Year Experience, 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. Complement these practical subjects with electives and humanities courses in performance psychology, distance learning, physics of music, digital media, and more. Learn about CIM's curriculum.

Jumpstart Your Idea

Students can participate in Imperfect Pitch to grow and implement entrepreneurial business and innovative performance ideas, learn from professional mentors, and win cash prizes. Read about winning pitches.

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, operating a musical business, performance psychology, entrepreneurism, and more. Past speakers include former Boston Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Mark Volpe; SPHINX president and artistic director Afa Dworkin; pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer and educator Mike Block; and Play On Philly founder and executive director Stanford Thompson. Join the CIM Student Community Facebook Group for event news and updates.

Find What's Next

Audition Resources
Career Guides & Resources
Grant, Scholarship, Festival & Competition Opportunities