After completing her MFA in Music Composition at VCFA in 2014, alumnx Jessica Muñiz-Collado has been in the studio and on the stage. From 2019 to 2020, Muñiz-Collado has had major musical publications, has been chosen to judge and speak at multiple industry events, and has even started her own music consulting business.

This is what Muñiz-Collado had to say about her year of music:



It’s been an exciting year for me. My piece “Arise & Go,” a piece commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, was published by MalletLab publications, and it premiered at the renowned MalletLab summer intensive. It was also recognized by Pearl/Adams percussion company as the first piece written for their newest electronic mallet product, the Pearl malletSTATION.

I was also selected to serve as a music technology/beat-making judge for the 2020 Hit Like A Girl International Drum Contest. In addition, I was fortunate to speak at the 2020 NAMM Show on media scoring and music licensing, and two U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hispanic-Heritage events where I spoke on the positive influence of Latin music in America and vice versa.

Lastly, a few of my music tracks were selected to be used in the PBS show Blind Love.


I have started my own music consulting business called NIZCO Music. I’ve been conducting research for some time now to develop a program that helps musicians who are feeling lost with the direction of their music career. The program will create a roadmap for the client and evaluate their current musical abilities with the goal of helping bridge the gap to new ways of acquiring employment/income opportunities in both music and music-related industries. Our motto at NIZCO Music is “Helping Musicians Compose Their Career To Their Own B.E.A.T.” B.E.A.T is an acronym for Business, Education, Artist Development, Technology.

I do believe that a fulfilling career in music is possible, and it hurts me to see musicians give up on their careers. That’s why I created my business. The goal was not to expand my artistry, but rather help other artists expand theirs.

Musicians who would like to schedule a free consultation call to learn more about NIZCO Music can email me at [email protected] or visit my website


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