Running Start Program

Music is more than a passion—it’s a profession. Running Start is MSU’s multi-disciplinary program that helps equip students for life as a working musician in the 21st century. Running Start prepares students to creatively channel their passions into vibrant careers by providing:

  • individual career coaching
  • events and workshops
  • courses
  • entrepreneurial opportunities
  • performance opportunities 
  • engagement with faculty and alumni
  • online resources for internships, jobs, auditions, and more

Browse navigation under Running Start at left to learn more.

The Running Start Program is supported by Dortha J. and John D. Withrow Career Building Endowment in the College of Music. Special thanks to the MSU Federal Credit Union and the Dean’s Choice Grant which supports the annual Running Start Competition.