Applying for a Professional Development Grant? - iCadenza

Applying for a Professional Development Grant?

Using Professional Development Grants

Many musicians use grants to support their projects or professional development. If you feel drawn to our services and are seeking income support, applying for a grant could be the right move for you.

The structure, deadlines, and grant amounts vary greatly so we encourage you to do your homework to find the best fit for you.

Most agencies require a description of how you plan to use the grant money. To make this easier for you, we’ve provide short descriptions of our coaching and courses below. Feel free to copy and paste these into your application as needed.

Coro by iCadenza: Professional Development Membership for Musicians

Service provider: iCadenza
Name and Title of Program: Coro by iCadenza
Program Website:
Dates: Ongoing monthly subscription; cancel anytime
Locations: Virtual

Brief Summary
Coro by iCadenza is an online hub that provides premier career development and entrepreneurship resources, specifically tailored to musicians. Coro supplements existing Music School career advising and entrepreneurship curriculum by providing students and faculty with compact and flexible course materials that build crucial professional skills. The content, coaching, and community features of Coro support music students and alumni in pursuing fulfilling and financially viable careers. Our mission is to create pathways to career success for musicians of varied backgrounds and career aspirations through online education and community.

Private Career Development Coaching

Service provider: iCadenza
Name and Title of Program: Private Career Development Coaching
Program Website:
Dates: Depends on your start date
Locations: Virtual

Brief Summary
Through private coaching, prominent performers discover how to expand their influence nationally or globally. They’re looking to use their expertise and high-profile position to positively impact the music and arts industry on a grand scale.

Experienced performers who’ve been in the industry for a few years and are ready to take their careers to the next level learn how to expand their network, refine their marketing skills, and grow their audience.

Emerging performers discover how to clarify their goals and get a head start on promoting and marketing themselves with confidence.

Coaching Consultant Bios

Jennifer Rosenfeld, CEO of iCadenza and President & Principal Manager of Cadenza Artists, has extensive experience working with musicians of all genres on identifying and pursuing their professional goals, and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way. She has also worked with organization leaders on creating a culture of innovation and developing promotional and strategic initiatives. She received her JD/MBA from Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business. Having co-authored the book Awakening Your Business Brain: An iCadenza Guide to Launching your Music Career, Jennifer has taught career development for arts students at Stanford University. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KDFC, the Bay Area’s classical public radio station.

Julia Torgovitskaya Rapoport, President of iCadenza & CEO of Cadenza Artists Management, is a trained opera singer who relates first-hand to the ever-changing challenges facing performing artists. She has extensive consulting experience, and her writings have been published in international publications. Having earned a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego, Julia is passionate about introducing artists to the concept of approaching their career development with an entrepreneurial mindset, and using proven business concepts for their personal career success. Julia earned Bachelor of Arts degrees with High Honors at Tufts University. Julia received Beta Gamma Sigma distinction for her graduate studies and Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa for her undergraduate work. Julia is on the board of directors at Classical KUSC radio and Ohana Arts, and is the co-author of the book Awakening Your Business Brain: An iCadenza Guide to Launching your Music Career, published in November 2015.

Lisa Husseini is a flutist turned arts administrator who is passionate about empowering artists to build thriving careers. Having graduated with her BM and MM in Flute Performance from The Hartt School and the New England Conservatory of Music, Lisa went on to hold administrative positions at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the New World Symphony in Miami where she managed a multi-disciplinary visiting faculty program aimed toward building future arts leaders. Currently, Lisa serves as General Manager for Seraphic Fire, a Miami-based nationally touring vocal ensemble, and sits on the Board of Directors for Artsmith, a Bronx-based organization providing after school arts programming for underserved youth.

Some agencies require a signed Letter of Commitment on letterhead from proposed consultant. If you need this, please email us at jennifer [at]icadenza [dot]com.

Be Your Own Agent (BYOA)

Service provider: iCadenza
Name and Title of Program: Be Your Own Agent
Program Website:
Dates: 5 week virtual course
Locations: Virtual

Brief Summary
Be Your Own Agent is an online course for independent musicians who are ready to market their music so they can live their passion. The program includes video modules which break down the exact steps to promoting a successful tour. It also includes group Q&A calls, homework support, and a private community of likeminded musicians.

Lesson 1: Self-Management 101
Lesson 2: Hone Your Message
Lesson 3: Build Your Tour
Lesson 4: Make the Call
Lesson 5: Negotiate Your Fee
Lesson 6: Manage Your Contacts
Lessons 7 & 8: Package Yourself
Lesson 9: Network at Conferences
Lesson 10: Put It All Together

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