Conference (2015)

Network of Music Career Development Officers
2015 NYC Conference

20th Annual NETMCDO Conference

Wednesday and Thursday,
January 14 and 15, 2015

Manhattan School of Music

New York City

The Past, Present, and Future of the
Music Career & Entrepreneurship Development Field

We’re going big picture AND diving into the nuts and bolts as we examine lessons learned and ignite our imaginations for the future. Gain a fresh perspective plus tools and strategies you can implement immediately!

For more information: 2015 Conference Schedule/Agenda

About Us

NETMCDO is the only annual conference specifically dedicated to developing and strengthening career and entrepreneurship programs for musicians! Devote two days to music career issues and leave energized and motivated to better assist your students and alumni.


The conference is an opportunity to exchange ideas and information on best practices in musicians' professional development. We’ve kept the cost to a minimum and the networking, information-sharing, and peer-learning at a maximum.

Our conference is created and run by the group it serves. It is put on by and for career development professionals.

Info Found on this Page

  • Conference Overview
  • About "Open Space"
  • Who Attends
  • Benefits
  • Our Facilitator
  • Our Venue
  • Chamber Music America
  • NETMCDO Conference Costs
  • Registration

Who attends our conference?

We generally have 40 – 45 music schools and organizations represented at the conference, from universities and colleges, to training orchestras and conservatories. We’ve had a wide range of participants: career center professionals, faculty, support staff, and independent career counselors... Some attendees are brand new to the career services field and some general university career services staff seek to enhance their offerings for music students. This variety makes for rich discussions and great information and idea sharing. So bring along a colleague from your institution to get even more out of the conference.

NETMCDO holistic view: We have grown to realize that teaching, performing, advising, and administering are all part of career development and entrepreneurship education -- so be prepared to be challenged on all fronts!

Read comments from past conferences. See past participants list.

Benefits of Attendance 

Here are a few reasons for you (and your institution) to attend the network conference:

  • Gather up-to-date info on new services and programs for music career development and entrepreneurship in the U.S. and abroad
  • Hear how other institutions deal with issues similar to yours
  • Learn how to maximize your time and effort
  • Get answers to your questions about music career development and entrepreneurship programs

Our Facilitator -- John Steinmetz

John Steinmetz will once again help us explore our conference theme, reflect on our work, re-envision our future, and get the most out of our conference time together.


John is a freelance bassoonist and composer, based in the Los Angeles area. He serves as an education consultant for computer and record companies. He writes and speaks about the state of the arts and about technologies of learning and expression: his article “Resuscitating Art Music,” which has been widely distributed in the concert music field, is on the web at

Our Venue -- Manhattan School of Music

Once again, we are happy to be holding our NYC conference at Manhattan School of Music. The School is located on the upper west side of the city, at the intersection of 122nd Street and Broadway. It's convenient to the subway: take the uptown #1 train to 116th Street (map and travel info here:

Why Mid-January in NYC?

We meet on these dates to make it convenient for people to also attend the Chamber Music America Conference, Jan. 16-18 in NYC. CMA a terrific resource for info on performance, recording, funding and presenting issues in a range of genres (classical, jazz, and other musics). You can register online for CMA at or call (212) 242-2022.

In addition, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference is Jan. 9-13:

NETMCDO Conference Costs

  • "Early Bird" registration rate (before November 7): $223 per organization or school for the first participant; $73 for each additional participant from that institution
  • After November 7: $290 per organization or school for the first participant; $100 for each additional participant from that institution
  • Online registration fees accrue an additional $2 processing fee.
  • Attendees from over-seas, contact Angela about possible discounts
  • Deadline: MON. DEC. 8, 2014 no registrations accepted after (sorry!)​
Discounts and Details

Attendees from over-seas, contact Angela about possible discounts.

We want to encourage people to invite their career/entrepreneurship department student workers, fellows or TAs to also attend (we had some last year and they were great!). If you have student workers interested in attending, please let us know. We can offer a discounted registration rate for them.

Our registration fee includes costs for managing our meeting spaces, facilitator’s fee, continental breakfasts both days, lunch on day one, and a reception on the first night. Lunch on the 2nd day and your dinners are on your own. (Note that a portion of the conference fee goes toward the nominal, annual cost of this website.)

Information and suggestions on inexpensive New York hotel room rates is available on this page.

Many past participants have remarked that this is the most economical conference they have ever attended ... and the most fulfilling ...  and enlightening! We plan to keep it that way.


Remember: Deadline is December 8 for receipt of the registration form (on this site), emailed survey (on this site), and payment. An Early-Bird discount is available until November 7.

Note: Spaces are limited.


E-mail/call: Angela Beeching
(917) 493-4474

We look forward to seeing you in NYC!



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