An immersive entrepreneurial residency program with the Akropolis Reed Quintet for university music programs combining artistic guidance with lectures & workshops surrounding arts entrepreneurship. Akropolis WORKS provides students with the insights and tools needed to jump-start a sustainable career in today’s arts ecosystem.

Why Akropolis WORKS

Akropolis directors Matt and Kari Landry bring components of their semester-long courses taught at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan to students around the country in intensive, boot-camp style workshops and lectures. The full Akropolis ensemble interacts with students and teaches customizable classes on skills concerning for-profit and nonprofit business models, branding, DIY marketing, financial planning, fundraising, and how to engage with audiences and funders.

Residencies are customizable by length and desired topics. Residencies are focused on generating concrete takeaways for students to take the next steps in forming careers in the arts.


“Matt and Kari brought a wealth of experience and wisdom to our students and delivered it with clarity, passion, and humor. I’d love to have them back in the future.”
– Jeffrey Nytch, Director, Entrepreneurship Center for Music University of Colorado-Boulder

“The students told me that they really appreciated the introspective aspect of the workshop. The workshop was very well-guided, and it allowed students to examine their personal goals and come up with tangible ideas of how to move forward. Akropolis’ career path was very inspiring, and it gave students a realistic context for what it takes to be successful.”
Grace Ho, Professional Development & Academic Advisor, School of Music and Dance, University of Oregon

“Several of the students spoke to me this week that the Akropolis presentation sparked an idea they had and were excited to share with me!”
-Allegra Montanari, Director of the Center for Arts Leadership, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, 2018

“Loved the classes today!  Thank you so much.  All evening, as I was teaching, I heard rave reviews of both presentations.”
-Leslie A. Grimm, Senior Lecturer in Clarinet and Chamber Music, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, 2018

“THANK YOU so much for inviting me to be a part of your Saturday workshop at SMTD last week. It was really great to meet you all and learn from you. I couldn’t stop thinking how much I WISH I could have had access to such a resource.”
-Dana Fonteneau, January 2017,  The Wholehearted Musician

“The students LOVED Akropolis, as I knew they would!!  Thank you so much for an amazing WORKS residency.”
-Dr. Andrew Parker, University of Texas at Austin

“Akropolis was excellent, and they displayed this excellence in coaching, classes, and recital.”
– Griffin Campbell, Louisiana State University, October 12, 2016