Jonathan Kuuskoski helps artists self-start careers. As Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership and Director of the EXCEL Lab at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, he oversees all aspects of their comprehensive entrepreneurship and career development program. This programming spans extensive coursework and career advising to weekly workshops featuring professionals from organizations like the New York and Berlin Philharmonics, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and International Contemporary Ensemble, along with the annual distribution of $100,000 in student project, venture, and internship funding. They maintain active partnerships with organizations like National Sawdust, the Metropolitan Opera, and Michigan’s own University Musical Society. He also teaches a variety of courses focused on performing arts career development. A classically-trained pianist, he continues to perform with the New Muse Piano Duo (with Paola Savvidou), who commission and perform works by living composers for piano four-hands. They have concertized across the US and Europe, and their first album “transhuman” (Blue Griffin Recordings, 2017) has been called “creative” and “highly entertaining” (TheWholeNote). He has proudly served as a UMass Arts Extension Service faculty member since 2013.
Courses Recently Taught
Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship