Declare your Minor in Arts Management or Arts Entrepreneurship

Want to declare your minor in Arts Entrepreneurship or Arts ManagementStudents planning for lemonade contest

Now you can download the form and email it to Abigail Smith directly. It’s that simple.

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Tips on How to Start a Movement

At Meadows School of the Arts, we encourage our students to “Start a Movement.” This is not just an inspirational slogan, but also a meaningful challenge. This post explores How to Start a Movement.

Pic from Derek Sivers "How to Start a Movement" TED talk

Pic from Derek Sivers “How to Start a Movement” TED talk

Students are taught how to start a movement in the Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship class titled Entrepreneurship and the Hero Adventure (AMAE 3370). In this class, students learn how to serve as the “heroes of their own lives,” a thought made popular by the renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, who developed the concept of the Monomyth. But what does this mean, to serve as a hero? Heroism is all about service. It typically involves sacrificing one’s own personal interest (or potential for one’s own gain) in the service of something larger than just oneself. This service might be towards a person, customer, audience, a people, community, an idea, a meaning or a combination of such things. Continue reading

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Arts Entrepreneurial Happenings at SMU Meadows

Check out what some of our students in the department of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship are running and developing, here at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts.

Angie Reisch and The Catalyst Art Movement Catalyst Arts Movement

The Catalyst Arts Movement is changing the way the diverse population of Dallas connects and thrives through the power of public art – one mural at a time. Catalyst art movement has a team of three women, representing three universities. Angie Reisch is one of these co-leaders of Catalyst and will be a sophomore this coming academic year. Catalyst has already started making a difference locally through their “Coffee and Creativity” program at the downtown J. Erik Jonsson Central library. The program, which was implemented in March 2014 in partnership with the library’s existing Homeless Engagement Initiative, caters to the library’s homeless customers. “Coffee and Creativity” is aimed at opening up dialogue between library staff, patrons of the library, and the homeless population by using open art classes as a common platform for the diverse groups to connect on. In Summer 2015, Catalyst will be partnering with the creative innovators at Big Thought for the second annual Dallas City of Learning to create conversation among youth all over the city of Dallas and create murals based on what kids think makes Dallas theirs. This is really what Catalyst is all about, says Reisch: “creating social change and connecting people, one project and one voice at a time.”

Sarah Israel and Bridge the GapSarah Israel

Sarah Israel is the President of Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a nonprofit formed out of Meadows in 2011. Bridge the Gap is Continue reading

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Arts Entrepreneur Burgess Hears Echo of Profit

The following interview is with SMU student, Andrew Burgess. Burgess, and collaborators, are creating a new web-based platform to change how (and how much) musicians get paid online. 

Hi, Andrew. As an Arts Entrepreneurship minor, where in Big Ideas Portraits, Andrew Burgessyour process are you?

A: I have completed four of the six classes required to complete the major and have loved all of them.

What year are you?

A: I’m currently a Junior, graduating in May of 2016.

What all are you studying?

A: I’m an Advertising major in the Creative track and an Arts Entrepreneurship minor. I’ve loved having the combination of creative thinking classes and entrepreneurial classes because it has taught me how to filter out the good ideas from the bad, and then make a plan for how to execute the good ones.

Can you please describe your startup Echo (working title of Tune Tornado)? 

A: The music industry’s model is broken because, with streaming websites and illegal downloads, artists can’t make enough money to keep making the music we love. The streaming model is great for listeners because it allows them to listen to music for free, but it’s awful for musicians because they are making little to no return on their songs. Echo solves this by financially incentivizing listeners to purchase and share music, rather than just stream it for free. In our model when you buy a song, and then get a friend to buy it, you make a percentage of the money that your friend spent on that song. The network marketing model continues at a decreasing rate of return for 6 levels of referrals (up to 10 referrals per person per level). Essentially, you can get paid to find and share music if you buy it instead of just listening for free. Our unique referral system, along with artist-specific subscriptions that provide exclusive content, should be enough to get people interested in purchasing music again. We believe that if listeners are able to make money for finding new music, while giving artists more royalties than any other service, we can revitalize a broken music industry. My partners (both SMU students) Santiago Martinez and Wade Washmon are hard at work in the Dallas community trying to bring in artists to be part of the initial team that launches the service. Hopefully, Echo’s model will prove that listeners and musicians can both be happy with payouts while making and enjoying the music that we all love. Continue reading

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Bridge the Gap Chamber Players and Sarah Israel

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This post features Sarah Israel and Bridge the Gap Chamber Players. Bridge the Gap started at SMU in 2011. Among other studies, Sarah is an Arts Management minor in the department of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at Meadows School of the Arts, SMU.

If you would like to contribute to Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, you can do so at: sodalstrings.org

Watch Sarah’s video by clicking the image to the right.

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Student Arts Entrepreneur: Sterling Gavinski & The Happy Alright

Imagine finding a balance between having a college education, family, friends, and a frequently touring band. Sterling Gavinski is the founder, vocalist and guitarist of Dallas pop punk trio The Happy Alright, a band that has been playing shows for almost four years. The band has performed across the U.S., everywhere from backyards to fundraising events, to the House of Blues. However, according to Gavinski, “When you’re constantly playing shows, life goes on all around you. This forces the band to be willing to re-invent musically, something we are open to since the band’s influences span from hardcore punk music to hip-hop and jazz.” This wide array of tastes sets the band Continue reading

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Arts Entrepreneur Kellam Witherington is Making a Ripple

The following is an interview with SMU student Kellam Witherington, a Business major with a focus on Marketing at Cox School of Business and a minor of Arts Entrepreneurship at Meadows School of the Arts.

Interview by Jim Hart, Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU:

Hart: Kellam, I have a series of questions for you and would like to hear more about the entrepreneurial concept you are developing. But first, knowing you have taken several Continue reading

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