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Innovation Institute

Developing musician entrepreneurs

The Innovation Institute is About YOU and the Training to Build Your Future.

During your Fellowship at the Music Academy you will be trained to be the best performer. However, translating talent into a full career can be difficult. The Innovation Institute is built to help our fellows hone their entreprenuerial skills and provide new technology to drive them forward.

You Could be Honored with an Alumni Enterprise Award

The annual Alumni Enterprise Awards (AEA), a significant grant program for trailblazing endeavors, is a keystone of the Institute’s expanding, year-round offerings. The AEA program includes the annual Innovation Residential & Alumni Showcase, an educational incubator and continued mentorship for awardees.

We are on the Bleeding Edge of Performing Arts Technology

The Innovation Institute leads the Academy’s investment in educational and performance technology, including developing plans for streaming performances from Hahn Hall and other campus venues. Recent strides include equipping the 2020 fellows with remote learning equipment, facilitating an online Summer Festival, and producing year-round donor events.

Take Part in Entrepreneurial Competitions

Each summer, fellows participate in entrepreneurial competitions that expand their skillset. The Fast Pitch Awards are an opportunity to develop and share ideas that are designed to advance the field of classical music. The Digital Challenge, a video competition, encourages fellows to craft an engaging musical performance, one that may have them serving as director, producer, technical director, and performer.

Digital Challenge 2021

Build Connections with the Most Prominent Artists in the World

As part of the Academy’s artistic operations, the Innovation Institute regularly collaborates with faculty artists, speakers, alumni, and supporters. For more information, email [email protected] to connect with Casey Molino Dunn, Vice President of Innovation & Program Development and Isabel Dickinson, Director of Student Services & Alumni Programs.

The Innovation Institute is generously supported by the Ladera Foundation and Cheryl and Peter Ziegler.

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