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Join MFA in Music Composition alum Jessica Muñiz-Collado (’14) and founding MFA in Music Composition faculty member Don DiNicola of NIZCO MUSIC for a series of professional development sessions designed to help you bridge the gap to new ways of acquiring employment and income opportunities in both music and music-related industries, so you can fulfill your music endeavors. This experience is tailored to your needs as a musician so you can continue your musical journey and easily adapt to changes along the way. The workshops are open to VCFA MFA in Music Composition alumnx and current MFA in Music Composition students.

The three sessions being offered are based on the NIZCO MUSIC B.E.A.T. Program, which encompasses the following four pillars to a sustainable music career:

  1. Business
  2. Education
  3. Artist Development
  4. Technology

Session 1: Music Business | REGISTER »
(Wednesday, September 28, 7–8:15 pm ET)

This B.E.A.T. session will cover topics within music business including how to interpret different types of music contracts and common terms found throughout. We will also cover music ownership, music publishing, and Performance Rights Organizations.

Session 2: Technology | REGISTER »
(Wednesday, October 19, 7–8:15 pm ET)

This B.E.A.T. session will cover topics within music technology, including the type of gear needed to get started with producing and recording your own music. We will also cover the pros and cons of using Apple Logic Pro and ProTools. You don’t have to be an expert in engineering to begin shopping your music around for sync placements, but having a strong foundation is key!

Bonus Session: Music Industry Workplace Challenges | REGISTER »
(Wednesday, November 9, 7–8 pm ET)

This bonus B.E.A.T. session will cover topics within workplace politics in the music industry and overcoming gender discrepancies. Learn how to navigate music industry workplace challenges in this session. The music industry can be cruel at times and very challenging to get ahead, but if it was easy then everyone could do it, and not everyone is!



September 28, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm