We bring together and engage musicians, researchers, educators, arts leaders, students and partner organizations to envision, experiment, and explore the future of arts careers across the lifespan.

Housed at NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, the FAI offers educational and professional development workshops, courses, consulting, and contract research services to non-profit and industry partners sharing our expertise in arts education, entrepreneurship, technology, research and design. We implement a collaborative design process, engaging stakeholders and commissioning partners throughout from problem scoping, research and learning design, through to reporting, dissemination and evaluation. 
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LEARNING & RESOURCES

The following video presents the opening session from the inaugural NYU x NWS Summit on Sustainable Careers in Music introducing the New World Symphony’s (NWS) BLUE Program, its entrepreneurial and leadership training program which accounts for approximately 20% of NWS Fellows’ curricular time. READ MORE

Beginning in 2021, the NYU NEA Research Lab led by Dr. S. Alex Ruthmann, Dr. Bruce Carter and Dr. Tanya Kalmanovitch partnered with the New World Symphony (NWS) to research methods and practices of sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation in the classical music ecosystem in the United States.Replay the sessions from our first NWS x NYU Summit on March 13-14, 2023 where we envisioned the fearless future of orchestral musicians and their careers. 
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LStay tuned for publication of a series of musician case studies exploring how musicians are actively building, innovating, and sustaining careers in and around music. 
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RESEARCH

Whitepaper Report

Lorem ipsum This NEA Research Lab is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (Award#: 1879471-38-C-21) from its Research Labs program, specifically under their priority area on Arts, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The opinions...

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On Teaching Entrepreneurship

When the New England Conservatory opened its Entrepreneurial Musicianship program in 2010, I was the first faculty member charged with building out the school’s required and elective entrepreneurship classes. This was after the 2008 financial crisis and just before...

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TEACHING TOOL: Creative Visualization for Retirement

Tanya Kalmanovitch, Ph.D. How do you teach students to save for the future, when the future is far-away and frightening? One of the biggest challenges I’ve experienced in teaching entrepreneurship classes is moving my students into action on understanding the ins and...

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WORK WITH US

The NYU Future Arts Initiative (FAI) brings together and engages musicians, researchers, educators, arts leaders, students and partner organizations to envision, experiment, and explore the future of arts careers across the lifespan. We actively seek collaborators and partners in the US and around the world.
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