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Running Start Competition
What is your vision for your career as a professional musician?
Do you have an idea for an innovative project that would give you a running start toward realizing that vision? Could you use $2,500 to turn that idea into a reality?
The annual Running Start Competition is designed to help students bring creative ideas to life and take charge of their careers. Design a project or a business in music that features creative content, uses a unique model or approach, reaches a new audience, or does something better/cheaper/faster/greener in the world of music. Past ideas have included creating a CD of native Chinese music for piano, founding a percussion summer program, starting a locally sourced and sustainable instrument-building business, and a concert series which merges food with music. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with other MSU colleagues or community partners, sharing their artistry in real-world applications.
Applications are due December 12, 2019.
- Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program at the College of Music.
- Performers, educators, composers, and scholars are all encouraged to apply as individuals or in groups of up to six.
- There is no particular type of project in mind. However, projects should demonstrate innovation in content, audience, approach, and method. Past applicants have proposed solo and chamber recording projects, non-profit organizations, performance projects, commissions of new works, music-related businesses, and research; these are just a few possibilities. Projects that carve new professional paths in the music world and/or reach new audiences and communities are especially encouraged.
- Applicants must choose a category for their project: Commission/Production, New Venture, or Outreach/Engagement
- Prior year winners and applicants may reapply, however the max funding any student can receive during their time at MSU is $3500.
- Each project must have 2 completed RSC reference forms from faculty or professionals who can speak about the project.
- Finalists must be available on February 9, 2020 to pitch their projects to a live audience and judging panel.
The competition is made possible with the support of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and Cynthia Kay and Company.