Archive: 2020 Zoom Conferences

Archive: 2020 Zoom Conferences

Back to School, Zoom Gathering focused on 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thursday, August 13
1:00 – 2:30pm eastern, online
meeting time "translated" to different timezones


  • Discuss the results of a survey on anti-racist efforts at our institutions.
  • Hear from two women of color leading efforts to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in music schools. WATCH A VIDEO of this conversation here.
    • Alexa Smith, Chief of Staff at Manhattan School of Music, and Jazmín Morales, Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact at the Colburn School will:
      • discuss the state of racial equity in music training programs,
      • share ideas about anti-racist career development, plus 
      • how we can all develop a new vision for the future of our field.
  • Plus real-talk with all attending colleagues on the current state of music career development. Plus sharing of June conference summaries & resources which will also soon be available on the NETMCDO website.


25th Annual Conference Celebration
June 2 & 3 from 1-4 pm (EST)

Staying Connected: a virtual gathering, via Zoom

  • We shared challenges & successes for the new reality
  • Got the latest on the current state of the music career development field
  • Explored new approaches musicians at all stages of their careers are using now

On both days Zoom we opened at 12:45 pm for all attendees to have pre-conference conversations, catch-ups and networking. Starting at 1pm we got interactive larger sessions and breakout rooms for small group discussion. The emphasis was on CONNECTING, so attendees were strongly encouraged to attend the entirety of both days. However, to prevent Zoom fatigue, the average session was30-mins or shorter, with a range of screen-free breaks throughout.


The NETMCDO Ground Crew: Angela Beeching, John Blanchard, Casey Molino Dunn, Allegra Montanari, Jazmín Morales. John Steinmetz, and Nate Zeisler

To celebrate NETMCDO's 25th anniversary this year, registration was only $25; this fee helps with yearly web tools and other administrative expenses. If this registration fee is prohibitive for you, please reach out to and a Ground Crew member will confidentially assist. As always, we are looking forward to having as many colleagues attend as is possible.  


PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT: Friday, May 8, 2020

The Ground Crew thanks everyone who attended our 
NETMCDO Pre-Conference Zoom Gathering:
Check-in and Hot Topic Happy Hour+

  • You shared your challenges and successes during this era of COVID-19
  • You helped in the design of our virtual conference scheduled for June 2 & 3 on Zoom
  • You got a handle on the current state of the music career development field

Best of all, we all had fun being together!


A Message from the NETMCDO Ground Crew (from March 20, 2020):

Given the COVID-19 situation and the uncertainty of the next several months, we unfortunately must announce that this year’s conference of the Network of Music Career Development Officers (NETMCDO) will not take place in NYC on June 2nd and 3rd.

We are very disappointed that we have to make this decision, especially as a number of plans were coming to fruition for our twenty-fifth anniversary; yet we feel this is the best decision when we are all facing so many unknowns.

In place of our usual gathering we are exploring options for a virtual conference, possibly for June 2nd and/or 3rd. We look forward to surveying Network members about their interest and what a virtual conference might entail.

In the meantime, if you are interested in helping collect and share updated resources relating to the challenges being faced by musicians during this crisis, please contact John Blanchard at

We look forward to our next time together and wishing you the best,

Angela Beeching
John Blanchard
Casey Molino Dunn
Allegra Montanari
Jazmín Morales
John Steinmetz
Nathaniel Zeisler

P.S. We'd like to share the image we were planning to use for this year's conference (design credit: John Blanchard)...


E-mail/call: Casey Molino Dunn
Director, Center for Music Entrepreneurship, Manhattan School of Music
917.493.4486, direct