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SMTD Receives Quick Win/Discovery Grant for Cultural Entrepreneurship Project


The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has been named a recipient of the latest and final round of Third Century Initiative Quick Win/Discovery grants from the University. SMTD will receive a grant of $42,250 to support a Cultural Entrepreneurship Initiative created to help performing arts students develop entrepreneurial skills in the transformed cultural landscape of the 21st century.

The project, subtitled "Transforming Art and Artists in the Age of Digital Media," was developed to address the gap between academic training and professional success by helping students to become "cultural entrepreneurs" by learning to create their own opportunities and business ventures. Students will be taught to imagine their own projects, recruit collaborators, and plan, present, experiment, refine, raise funds for, and execute their vision.

The goal is to graduate students who are not only among the most talented and skilled in their chosen art of expression, but are also equipped to take on the many duties of traditional support staff, such as agents, publicists, managers, designers, audio engineers, videographers, and producers.

Led by Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology and director of research, the project is a collaborative effort amongst faculty from across SMTD disciplines. Clague says the initiative is designed to help performing arts students think about how to leverage technology to reach audiences in new ways, a skill set that has not been a part of the traditional performing arts curriculum.

"It's not enough today for dancers, actors, and musicians to graduate with exceptional skills and training in performance," said Clague. "If we can give our students skills and awareness, and a spirit of entrepreneurship, they can find their way in this new economy--not victims of the performance world but as artists who have agency, and control their own destinies."

The project will launch three courses covering marketing, social media, cultural entrepreneurship and the recording industry. In addition, it will create an arts entrepreneurship speaker series with podcasts, as well as a student-run record company and an arts venture "challenge competition" to foster and inspire students from across campus to pitch new ideas and put them into action. It is expected that over the three terms of the pilot, the project will reach up to 805 U-M students.

Quick Win/Discovery grants are intended to encourage faculty to explore new ways to provide learning and research experiences for students that are creative, engaged, multidisciplinary, and that foster social and civic responsibility, communication, collaboration and self-agency. The projects also address the changing way students learn in an increasingly global and digital age.

Nearly $1 million was awarded by the University in the final call for the smaller of the Transforming Learning for the Third Century grants, the largest round to date for this phase of the initiative. The grants provide up to $50,000 for projects that allow a general education hypothesis to be explored, piloted, or expanded.

More information on the latest round of Quick Win/Discovery grant winners is available in The University Record.


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July 2014

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.   07/18/2014

Professor Patricia Hall will be presenting her paper, "Alban Berg's 'Guilt' by Association to the Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union conference at the Colburn School in Los Angeles this August.   07/12/2014

April 2014

Prof. Ed Sarath Receives U-M's "Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award" 04/21/2014

Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant 04/04/2014

Professor Mukherji to Speak in London this July 04/04/2014

Áine Heneghan, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, will present her research on Schoenberg's Formenlehre at the following conferences, all in 2014: Music Theory Midwest (Appleton, WI), the Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Toronto, Canada), EuroMAC (Leuven, Belgium), and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Milwaukee).   04/01/2014

March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

A Multimedia Installation on Climate Change 03/28/2014

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will read his paper, "Some Multimovement Designs in C. P. E. Bach's Late Keyboard Sonatas" at the Seventh EuroMac conference, which will gather scholars from all music theory societies in Europe in Leuven, Belgium, from 17 to 21 September, 2014.  An adaptation of the paper will be presented to the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee in the Fall of 2014.   03/26/2014

Walter Everett, Professor of Music Theory, announces the publication of Los Beatles como músicos: De Revolver de la Antología (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2013), the Spanish translation of his The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   03/21/2014

Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday 03/19/2014

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December 2013

In January 2014 Professor Wayne Petty will read the paper, "Wilhelm Fischer and the Fortspinnung-type Sonata Exposition," at the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallin and Pärnu, Estonia.  The conference theme is "Musical Form: Mapping the Territories."   12/17/2013

AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published 12/13/2013

November 2013

Gosman Presents Beethoven Research 11/16/2013

Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014 11/16/2013

Everett Launches Beatles Observances 11/16/2013

Interarts professor Holly Hughes presents The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) in a webcast performance at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Mon., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Her newest performance work, the piece offers a poetic and comic meditation on midlife crises in the key of canine.   11/01/2013

September 2013

SMTD Welcomes New Faculty 09/27/2013

Ramon Satyendra, associate professor of music theory, has published his essay, "Morphisms of Generalized Interval Systems and PR-Groups" (co-authored with Thomas Fiore and Thomas Noll), in Journal of Mathematics and Music 7/1.   09/20/2013

Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book 09/06/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

June 2013

SMTD Mourns Professor Emeritus Erling Bengtsson 06/10/2013

Holly Hughes, professor of interarts performance in the Department of Theatre & Drama, was profiled in Hyperallergic, an online magazine about art and culture, which included a Q&A with Hughes about her role as one of the "NEA Four."   06/06/2013

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Hall presents in Copenhagen 06/03/2013

May 2013

Robert Hurst, associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation, was featured in a Q&A article in on the occasion of the release of his new CD, BOB: a palindrome.   05/01/2013

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