School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Department of Entrepreneurship & Leadership

The Department of Entrepreneurship & Leadership provides a diverse array of resources for all U-M students, including a variety of funding sources, for those invested in becoming the arts leaders of tomorrow. Offering multiple points of entry–from co-curricular workshops, granting programs, and applied learning opportunities to single-credit courses and certificate and minor programs–students can engage with a variety of topics across the spectrum of arts entrepreneurship, management and leadership studies, while honing practical skills and knowledge that will amplify their artistry. Whether focused on individual career development, starting a new venture, or innovating within organizations, the Department offers a customizable academic foundation upon which students will learn how to transform their ideas into action. Undergraduates may complete the Performing Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (PAME) minor, while graduate students can earn a certificate in arts entrepreneurship and leadership.



Andrew Kuster

Executive Editor of MUSA, Lecturer
Entrepreneurship & Leadership

Jonathan Kuuskoski

Chair of Entrepreneurship & Leadership and Clinical Assistant Professor of Music


Engage Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

EXCEL is committed to providing the resources each SMTD student needs to launch and sustain a life in the arts. We expand the professional development bandwidth of your degree program and support a variety of your needs, from the job search to project management and more. EXCEL is committed to helping each student turn ideas into action, while broadening the spotlight on success so that every member of our community can emerge from Michigan poised to claim their individual leadership potential.

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