Competitors will be eligible to earn cash prizes totaling $18,000, which can be used by the students to launch start-up businesses.
Fabiana Claure, director of career development and entrepreneurship in music, said the competition aims to engage students in entrepreneurial thinking and help them develop plans of action.
“We want students to know that even though they are busy with coursework, college is one of the best times to start a business,” Claure said. “So many trendsetting businesses, from Google to Facebook, were started by college students.”
Claure knows the potential for such competitions. She won several prizes in a similar contest as a doctoral student at the University of Miami, which helped her launch her own business, Superior Academy of Music, in Miami, shortly after graduation in 2011.
UNT’s competition will have a graduate and undergraduate track, and all College of Music students are eligible to enter.
To develop business plans, students can use a variety of resources, including online tutorials, existing courses, university-sponsored workshops and faculty mentorship. Plans must include summary statements, business descriptions, market analyses, operations statements and financial information.
A panel of judges will include musicians and business people from North Texas and beyond. The competition also will host an artist-in-residency featuring David Cutler, author of The Savvy Musician and founder of the Savvy Arts Venture Challenge at the University of South Carolina.
Deadline for entries is March 15, and three finalists and two honorable mentions in each track will be announced April 14. A grand finale on April 23 in the College of Music’s Recital Hall will feature a live audience. Judges and audience members will be able to ask questions and vote on their favorite students before an awards ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.
The UNT Music Entrepreneurship Competition's second workshop was on February 10th and presented by Dr. Fabiana Claure and featured guest speaker David Cutler via Skype. Attendees learned how to develop their music business ideas and write a music business plan
The next competition workshop "Final Plan Review Presentation Tips" is on March 3rd. Click here to sign up.
The UNT Music Entrepreneurship Competition's first workshop was held on January 20th and presented by Dr. Fabiana Claure. Introduction to entrepreneurship for musicians, idea development and feasibility, and business model canvas, were among the many topics discussed. Students chimed in with great ideas for potential business plans. It will be a great competition!
The next competition workshop "Writing Your Business Plan" is on February 10th. Click here to sign up.
Dr. Fabiana Claure, UNT's Director of Career Development and Entrepreneurship in Music, moderated a career-development panel during the 2016 CollabFest held at UNT. The panel included renowned collaborative pianists Ann Baltz, and Anne Epperson. Several career-related topics were discussed such as building an online presence, developing professional portfolios, and positioning yourself in the marketplace as a collaborative pianist.
Catherine Barr, Founder and Executive Director of Texas Winds Musical Outreach presented in the graduate-level music entrepreneurship class. She was truly inspiring explaining her organization's trajectory of 31 years bringing musical concerts to those who could otherwise not attend. Thank you Cathy for sharing your wonderful work with our students!
The UNT Music Entrepreneurship Competition provides an opportunity to promote student engagement, entrepreneurial thinking, and innovative action. Cash prizes totaling $17,000 will be distributed among the top competitors. The competition will also host an artist-in-residency featuring Dr. David Cutler, author of The Savvy Musician, and founder of The Savvy Arts Venture Challenge at the University of South Carolina. All full-time degree-seeking College of Music students are eligible to participate.
Students will prepare music business plans utilizing a variety of resources including online business plan writing tutorials, competition workshops, existing entrepreneurship courses, and faculty mentorship.
Thank you to the guest speakers of the UNT Professional Leadership Program from the College of Business. Students go to learn about the many professional growth opportunities provided by this networking and mentoring program.
The senior recital capstone class had a career development faculty panel including UNT faculty members Dr. Pamela Mia Paul, Dr. Carol Wilson, and Ms. Mary Karen Clardy. Answering to a variety of student questions, topics discussed included starting a professional career, networking, being a women in academia, time management, and other professional topics.