Sessions

Finance for Arts Professionals

January is a good time for reflection and goal-setting! As the performing arts industry continues to move forward and rebuild, many individuals are taking a hard look at what was working and what wasn’t “in the before.” In this interactive seminar designed especially for musicians and arts professionals, Tiffany will share financial best practices, research, case studies, and resources geared to help attendees look at their own financial landscape and build a plan toward their personal, professional, and financial goals. Topics will include: financial best practices for recovery/post-pandemic life, savings and investment strategies for freelancers and independent contractors, neuroplasticity or how goal-setting changes the brain, and more. Attendees will have ample opportunity to get their finance-related questions answered.

Thursday, January 6
1-2 PM ET

Speaker:
Tiffany Soricelli

Music and Health: New Opportunities in an Evolving Field
Sponsored by the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU

How can music create and rebuild healthy communities, particularly during this time of recovery? Expert performers and therapists will discuss the unique ways that artists can develop solutions to physical, emotional, and mental health challenges in our society. The panel will also explore opportunities and career paths in music and health, as well as the latest advancements in the field.

Friday, January 7
11 AM-12 PM ET

Moderator:
Renate Rohlfing

Panelists:
Dr. Joy Allen
Jasmine Edwards

Jenny Hoi Yan Fu

Remixing and Reimagining Music Education Through An Equity Lens

The music industry and its artists have been at the forefront of the fight for Black lives and racial equality. As community leaders continue to work for social justice–in music, education, and society at large–progress is being made, but more is needed. In the United States, roughly 5 million youth (predominately in Black and Brown communities) do not have access to music education. Out of more than 100 HBCU’s, less than 10 have Jazz degree-granting programs. This panel discussion brings together advocates for music education equity to discuss how allies and community leaders alike can work together to ensure a sustainable musical legacy for the next generation.

Friday, January 7
1-2 PM ET

Moderator:
Ariel Davis

Panelists:
Chiho Feindler
Quanice Floyd
Khandeya Sheppard
Sunny Sumter

Music Moving Forward – Renovation, Renewal, and Rebuilding

From music presentation to managing artists to maintaining audiences, no corner of the chamber music ecosystem has gone unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic. How can we reckon with the challenges we are all still facing and attempt to move forward together? Join representatives from across the field for a wide-ranging discussion on the creative and visionary strategies currently being employed. Panelists will share the steps they’re taking to guide their organizations, businesses, and careers through this transitional and still very challenging environment. Come learn about the ideas they’re implementing to showcase artists, engage with BIPOC communities, and create new business models to improve financial sustainability. Attendees will leave the session inspired to create solutions for their own work, as we all look to building a stronger field.

Saturday, January 8
11 AM-12 PM ET

Moderator:
Eric Taller

Panelists:
Gail Boyd
David Chavez
Janet Cowperthwaite
Jordana Leigh

Where Do We Go From Here: Putting Antiracist Knowledge into Action
Sponsored by The Wallace Foundation

In the last year, momentous social changes have brought issues of racism and inequality into sharp relief. There has never been a better time for chamber groups to speak out and put into practice the changes they want to see in the world, without fear of retaliation. There is a demand for culturally responsive programming, and chamber ensembles are best positioned to provide: this session will provide education on how best to achieve this. Armando and Kika will provide examples of actions their organizations have taken to improve diversity, equity and inclusion. By “decolonizing” the ways in which we work with each other and with our communities at large, we have a fantastic opportunity to model the kind of classical music landscape we want to see.

Saturday, January 8
1-2 PM ET

Speakers:
Armando Castellano
Kika Wright

Asians in Western Classical Music: Resisting White Adjacency and Building Coalitions

By some measures, Asians seem to be doing well in Western classical music, with a consistent presence in many top orchestras and chamber ensembles. Even with their success, however, many Asians are speaking out against racism and asking to be included in organizational and field-wide conversations around diversity and equity, despite such discourse often being framed in a Black/White binary. Panelists will discuss how the perceived success of East Asians in specific areas of the field prevents addressing systemic racial structures that affect Asians and other BIPOC in classical music. Additionally, the focus on East Asian representation and the lumping of vast multicultural experiences into numbers under the term “AAPI” erases the needs of many. Despite East Asian representation as performers, decision-making is largely left to Euro-American administrators, presenters, and board members. How can BIPOC individuals and groups that include Asians and allies work together to create a more just and thriving field?

Sunday, January 9
11 AM-12 PM ET

Moderator:
Michael Sakamoto

Panelists:
Vijay Chalasani
Jennifer Koh
Hyeyung Sol Yoon

NextGen Session: Meeting the Moment as a Musician in 2022

To succeed as an ensemble musician today, an artist must adapt to an ever-changing music landscape, deploy multiple skill sets, collaborate effectively, and communicate the value of their music across a wide range of platforms and to a variety of people. Those who have entered the professional music world in the past two years are finding this is less straightforward, yet more critical than ever. CMA invites our NextGen participants to attend this combined workshop and panel, to equip themselves with the tools and insights necessary to move their music and career forward in 2022. 

Sunday, January 9
12:30-2 PM ET

Moderator:
Nicole Mlynczak

Panelists:
Jennie Oh Brown
Jordyn Davis
Daniel Kellogg
Anya Nykyforiak
Amanda Sweet