Running Start Program

Even though the 2020-21 school year looks different, the Running Start program has many virtual events, opportunities, and resources available for you! We are bringing in guest artists via Zoom, setting up virtual internships and performance opportunities, and you can meet with us individually with a video chat or phone call.

Running Start has created the following document that answers questions about career, finances, and summer plans with regard to COVID-19:
COVID-19 Career and Funding FAQ for Musicians

Music is more than a passion—it’s a profession. Running Start is MSU’s multi-disciplinary program that helps equip students for work in today's music industry. 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 and the MSU Federal Credit Union Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence Endowment. Special thanks to the MSU Federal Credit Union for their support of other Running Start programs, including the Running Start Competition and Ed Engagement Residency. 

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Facebook: @MSUrunningstart
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