5 Guest Speakers
Concrete Career Road Map
Introducing Akropolis Mastermind
July 27 - 31, 2020
Akropolis Mastermind is our brand new, 1-week, completely online, artistic business intensive to help emerging musicians and ensembles turn their artistry into a thriving business and the career of their dreams!
Take the leap. You too can make a living out of your talent. We'll show you how we forged our career from scratch, built a six-figure revenue generating business ourselves, and how you can do the same. Akropolis Mastermind offers 1 on 1 mentorship sessions, entrepreneurial lectures on a variety of business topics, peer to peer networking, connections to a community of like-minded performers, and unprecedented access to experts within our field who've advised leading artists on how to create successful and sustainable careers.
Here's What's Inside
✦ Workshops on Finance, Marketing, Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Artistic Operations
✦ Presentations and Conversations with 5 Guest Speakers
✦ Peer to Peer Problem-Solving Sessions
✦ Personalized Workbook
& Business Plan
✦ Multiple Individualized Artistic and Business Mentoring Sessions with Akropolis
✦ 2 Follow-Up Video Conference Sessions with Akropolis
Consultant, Author, Speaker
Dana Fonteneau draws on her diverse background in music, business, finance, and psychology to help her clients attain greater personal and career success. She is part performance coach, management consultant, financial advisor, and therapist. Equally comfortable in the board room and the concert hall, Dana helps individuals and small businesses succeed. Her international practice is centered in the arts where she works with top soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestral musicians, actors, dancers, and educators, as well as with leading administrators, board members, and managers throughout the music industry.
Founder, Ariel Artists
Oni Buchanan is the founder and director of Ariel Artists, a classical music management company designed for innovative artists who are expanding and re-contextualizing classical music for the 21st century. Ariel's soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras devote their mastery and curiosity to imaginative concert programs, exploratory collaborations, and interdisciplinary projects. In her role as a business person, Buchanan delivers frequent talks and workshops on entrepreneurial business skills, artist management, and artistic collaboration.
New Music USA & Mezzo-Soprano
Communications Associate for New Music USA, Megan Ihnen is a “new music force of nature.” Her performances thrive on elaborate sound worlds and fully-developed dramatic interpretations. Passionate about performing contemporary chamber music and opera, Megan has worked with individuals and ensembles around the globe including: International Contemporary Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Rhymes With Opera, and Synchromy. She is deeply committed to the belief that new music should be accessible in cities and towns of all sizes.
Development Director, Roulette Intermedium
Dedicated arts advocate with 9+ years experience in non-profit fundraising and a deep love for art of our time. Emily Bookwalter enjoys connecting people, causes, and resources around mission-driven work and live programming. In addition to her work at Roulette, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Music at the Anthology, is a Founding Board Member and Secretary for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and remains an active violist. She is the former Executive Director of New Amsterdam Presents and Records and is a violist and the Director of External Affairs for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn.
Advocate and Creative Advisor, All Art is Personal
David Srebnik is an advocate for classical music performers, composers, ensembles and institutions. He develops strategies for each to present their best story and their creative vision to audiences and all media platforms. “It’s crowded out there, so I find ways for artists to stand out and stand apart in our current, hyperactive media environment.” For more than 30 years, Srebnik was a Program Director at Public Radio Stations across the country and served as an Associate Producer at National Public Radio’s Performance Today. He recently left SiriusXM Satellite Radio after ten years, where he was the Classical Music Program Director, programming the music on the two classical channels. He also hosted and produced special programs with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Gustavo Dudamel, Philip Glass, John Adams, Yo-Yo Ma, Alisa Weilerstein, the Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Imani Winds, Emanuel Ax, Simone Dinnerstein, Sir James Galway and many others. Musical America recently listed him on their annual report, The MA 30 Professionals of the Year: "The Influencers".
NUTS & BOLTS
The 6 Core Elements to the Akropolis Mastermind
1. A One-Week Deep Dive
This will be an intense week where you will walk away with individualized business solutions to grow your music business. This mastermind community is not only built to help you take immediate action, but also envision your future, and is committed to being part of your lifelong community of colleagues, advisors, and mentors. We want your artistic entity to succeed beyond your wildest dreams, and we want this Mastermind to be the most important action you take toward that future.
3. Accessibility & Access
Inspired by entrepreneurial businesses across the globe, we wanted to remove physical barriers from this Mastermind by holding it entirely online. All participation will occur online via Akropolis' Zoom Video Conferencing system. This includes group meetings, guest presentations, and all other contact and communication.
Akropolis has coached thousands of emerging artists on a variety of artistic and business topics over the last few years, but we have yet to connect this greater entrepreneurial community together. This Mastermind will connect like-minded artists across the country, helping connect you to key creative individuals who will serve as valuable friends, mentors, and resources as you continue to further your career.
2. The Content
After 1 week, we want you to walk away with an action plan for your music business. This includes your core values, mission and vision, programming and offerings, revenue streams, financial forecast and budget, and individualized action steps to achieve your artistic and business goals over the next year.
4. A Creative Culture
We share your desire to create your own, self-made artistic career. With this goal comes embracing a career path that's not for everyone, and we want to celebrate your hustle. The culture we hope to foster within your entity is one of sustainability, seeking wisdom not just in artistic excellence, but in leadership and operations, guiding you toward a healthy balance between your fast-paced career and your personal life.
6. Financial Freedom
We are passionate about your financial bottom line, and achieving financial independence and success through the art most personal to you. We want you to not only be fulfilled artistically, but fufilled financially. During this Mastermind we will help you understand how to manage and grow your bottom line. This includes individualized workshops helping you forecast your entity's financial growth.
While many masterminds, conferences, and festivals charge thousands of dollars for an exclusive experience, we wanted to create access, community, and material progress for your career without requiring such a significant financial investment.
And without excluding those who could not afford the costs associated with flights, lodging, and meals.
We therefore designed this Mastermind to have unprecedented takeaway for its cost. No risk, pure reward.
FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS
FOR ENSEMBLES OF 2-3 PEOPLE
FOR ENSEMBLES OF 4+ PEOPLE
($250 per person or less)
March 31, 2020: Early Bird Deadline
$30 application fee due by 11:59 EST
May 1, 2020: Final Application Deadline
$45 application fee due by 11:59 EST
Application closes May 1, 2020 at 11:59 EST
May 2020: Initial Results
Notification of initial adjudication results sent to applicants via email.
What made Akropolis want to offer this 1-week Mastermind experience, and why now?
Akropolis has made a thriving arts business out of a an idea that had virtually no precedent in classical music. Since our founding we have fielded thousands of individuals' questions about how to succeed in classical and contemporary music. We have also delivered more than 300 master classes and entrepreneurship workshops over the past decade at colleges and universities of all stripe. This Mastermind collates all our teaching and coaching experience into the workshop we feel WE would have wanted as early career artists. We want to see you thrive! Simple as that.
Will I receive one-on-one coaching with Akropolis?
Yes! Throughout the 1-week mastermind you are guaranteed to multiple one-on-one sessions with members of Akropolis. You are also guaranteed to face-time and a live Q&A sessions with each guest speaker, but you will not receive any individual sessions with each guest speaker.
What is the typical schedule each day?
Here is the anticipated schedule for each of the 5 days of the Mastermind:
11 AM - 1 PM ~ Akropolis teaching on predetermined business topic (full group)
1 PM - 2 PM ~ Break
2 PM - 4 PM ~ Guest Speaker and Q&A (full group)
4 PM - 5 PM ~ Break
5 PM - 7 PM ~ Peer-to-Peer activities and/or personalized Akropolis business coaching session
*All times are EST
All participants will be provided with their confirmed schedule and itinerary 1 week prior to the Mastermind starting.
What if I can't attend one of the days/sessions?
This will be a packed week with a full schedule. All sessions will be video recorded and all Mastermind participants will have access to the full video archive of the full week of activities. Therefore if you are unable to attend a particular session, we are not able to offer any extra make-up activities and you will be directed to watch the video session from that day's activities.
What "level" is the mastermind? Is it for pre-formed ensembles only?
The mastermind is specifically designed for artists and ensembles who are serious about having a performing career. It is not a requirement that you already be a part of a pre-formed ensemble and we welcome individual artists. However, as a chamber music ensemble ourselves, we would LOVE nothing more than to work with your pre-existing ensemble and help elevate you to your next artistic and business level. You will walk away with a detailed strategy on how to grow your ensemble or solo artistic career, so it is recommended you highly want to pursue a career as this entity.
What if my ensemble doesn't have any recordings?
Not to worry, if you do not yet have group recordings that you feel represent your ensemble, feel free to submit your best individual recordings of 2 of your members. Overall, we'll say the recording element is just one small part of the applicaiton process. We are really interested in learning more about your career goals and how being a part of this Mastermind will help you achieve them.
When is tuition due?
Your tuition of either $500, $750, or $1,000 depending on your ensemble size must be submitted within 10 days of acceptance to confirm a position within the Mastermind.
For University of Michigan Students:
EXCEL is collaborating with the Akropolis Reed Quintet to sponsor the tuition for up to three SMTD student-led ensembles to participate thanks to the Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund. These three individual soloists and/or ensembles will be selected to receive this scholarship by Akropolis based on the strength of their application. Please note, this scholarship does not cover the application fee.
What is your refund policy?
We are unable to offer any refunds for our application fees. If a conflict arises and you are no longer able to attend the Mastermind, we are able to refund your tuition payment until July 1, 2020. All refund requests following July 1, 2020 will not be able to be accommodated.
What if my whole ensemble cannot attend?
Your whole ensemble is highly encouraged to attend the full mastermind, but it's not a problem if one or more of your members are unavailable to attend any or all Mastermind activities. We highly recommend that at least one member attends all Mastermind sessions, rather than rotating members in and out of the sessions. In other words, one member of the ensemble should be the point person attending all sessions and transferring information back to the group.
What are the technology requirements?
In order to attend and participate in the Akropolis Mastermind, you and all of your ensemble members will need access to a computer or phone with a high functioning microphone, built-in camera, and high-speed WiFi. There will be a series of technology FAQ's sent to each participant, but we expect anyone with access to a good-working laptop computer to have no need to make any technology purchases.
What if I have an additional question?
For all additional questions, please reach out to Akropolis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!