New Center to Expand Opportunities for UTEP Musicians
To help music and other creative arts students prepare for successful careers, The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Pro-Musica have teamed up to create the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship (CAE), opening in fall 2017 on the UTEP campus.
The center will engage students in projects and workshops geared toward resume enhancement, creating digital portfolios, audience development, and creating performance opportunities, said Steve Wilson, DMA, Department of Music chair. In 2017-18, the center plans to offer a series of weeklong artist-in-residence workshops with world-renowned musicians that will allow UTEP music students to have up-close, meaningful interactions with them.
Additionally, the center will host workshops on working with the media and job interviewing, and will sponsor innovation grants to support students’ capstone projects.
The center, supported by state funding, will be housed in the Department of Music in UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts.
“Through hands-on, intensive interactions with nationally renowned artists, the CAE will help [students] develop communication skills, both written and verbal, improve audience engagement, and provide real-life performing opportunities at a variety of on-campus and community engagement events,” Wilson said. The center will “help students in the arts understand the workings behind the scenes required to make arts events happen.”
Zuill Bailey, senior lecturer of cello at UTEP and artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica, will be the center’s artistic director.
Ultimately, the center could grow to offer a minor in arts entrepreneurship for students pursuing liberal arts degree programs.
- Leonard Martinez