Your Art as a Business
Our objective is to empower young professional musicians at Conservatorium Maastricht to make a sustainable living based on their personal and artistic values in the international and diverse music industry of tomorrow.
Why learn about business?
The last decades changed the playing field for musicians. From the emerged post-Punk era DIY mindset to the collapse of the traditional recording industry and shifted to the so-called 360° deals in the late 90s. To which innovation provided a powerful artist empowering answer through streaming (Spotify), sales (BandCamp), promotion (Social Media) and independent financing (Kickstarter/Voordekunst). On the other hand, the music industry of today offers fewer linear career opportunities (fewer orchestras, venues, and fixed contracts), increased competition, less income through lower performance fees, dwindling record sales, and decreased government funding.The
results of all these dual developments mean musicians need to self-manage their careers, acquire more knowledge and skills on a wider scale than ever before to develop a sustainable 'portfolio career'. With empowerment comes greater responsibility, but also more autonomy, opportunity for growth and room for creativity to flourish in your art and business.
The course ‘Your Art as a Business’ consists of 10 lessons every study year from BA1 until MA1. MA2 contains one-on-one coaching to reach your personal goal. It regularly features guest lecturers from the region to learn directly from those involved in the music industry.
Music Industry Network
The Conservatorium Maastricht actively seeks out the relevant conferences, network events, festivals and competitions to not only strengthen the position of our school, but also directly present our students and alumni.
In the local EU-region we have a strong connection with festivals and competitions like JazzOUT, Motives for Jazz and the Maastricht Jazz Award, enabling students to present new projects for a wide audience.
On a national level in our neighbouring countries we visit jazz conferences like Injazz (NL), Belgian Jazz Meeting (BE) and JazzAhead (DE), inviting students and alumni to join us and perform a showcase when possible.
Internationally we support our students with (Erasmus) exchange programmes and an optional yearly New York City trip, offering a tour introducing them to different schools like the New School and Queens College, visiting historic venues and festivals like the Village Vanguard and Winter Jazzfest, and creating a connection between the music you study and the city through research.
Through the 'Your Art as a Business' lessons and the Booking Agency we offer many face-to-face possibilities to learn about and discuss cultural entrepreneurship for a (jazz or classical) musician. We aim to support this with an online database accessible for all students, offering in-depth information about copyright, press kits, CD releases, digital distribution, social media and much more.
We are proud of our alumni. Therefore they will always be welcome to join our workshops and masterclasses. We will continue to connect them to potential competitions and showcases. Our educational system also is constantly developing to stay connected to the working environment of today, alumni will therefore be welcome (upon request) to join any new (group) courses that we offer, e.g. 'Your Art as a Business'.
The Maastricht - International Jazz Award invites alumni of the CM who are working in the Euregion to apply for this competition.
Alumni of the CM are welcome to join all masterclasses and workshops in school for free.
Booking agency: Hire CM Talent
The Conservatorium Booking Agency connects your study to the music industry, closing the gap between your life as a student and a graduate.
We create first contact with the local and international scene and offer our students a variety of work. The goal is to introduce you to the different ways you can offer your service being a musician, from performing wedding ceremonies to accompanying silent movies or giving workshops. Throughout this we are available to answer any questions you, our students, might have.
Also artistically we are available for a one-on-one coaching session, as we look at your press kit, band concept, release plan and gig opportunities.
Funding, Work & Awards
The Conservatorium Maastricht offers scholarships to a selected number of students. Besides that there are multiple opportunities for students to prove themselves and win an award to boost their career.
Our Booking Agency is available to inform on further forms to fund your album, international tour or summer school attendance, including the Sena Music Production Fund, crowdfunding and Dutch Performing Arts.
We actively support our students’ participation in competitions. Our students/alumni have performed and participated a.o. at the Maastricht Jazz Award, Eu Young Talent Jazz Award, Mechelen Jazz Contest, Leidse Jazz Award, B-Jazz Award, Dutch Jazz Competition, Injazz Showcase, Jazz Round Showcase and Louis van Dijk Award.
The Jong Metropole (talent programme with the Metropole Orchestra) has featured many students from the Conservatorium Maastricht from the start of this programme.