Archive: LA 2016

Archive: LA 2016

Network of Music Career Development Officers 2016 Conference:

Emerging Archetypes: Micro-Niche to Global Reach 

Exploring new profiles of music careers and their impacts: 
from a Left Coast vantage point

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 24 & 25, 2016 
at The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA


The bicoastal “ground crew" is thrilled with the results of our 2016 conference in Los Angeles. Special thanks to our hosts at The Colburn School: Nathaniel Zeisler and Elizabeth Nicastro.

Here are materials from our conference that you might find useful:

Additional Info Found on this Page


Conference Highlights

Discussions with groundbreaking LA music entrepreneurs and audience-engagement pioneers, including:

Sessions focused on:

  • Defining New Career Pathways for the 21st century musician and identify multiple strategies for success in each
  • Curriculum strategies to enable students to become comfortable with various online platforms
  • Teaching Demos: peer learning with thought-provoking teaching demos and feedback sessions from colleagues (a call for presenters will be sent in the coming months)
  • Tools & Strategies for facilitating career advancement and entrepreneurship, including collaborative learning and brainstorming with music students
  • Personal Branding: helping students discover and communicate their strengths and interests using new platforms
  • Vision and mission of our own work: help with articulating the value and focus of our programs to our constituents

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.

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

NETMCDO Conference Costs

  • Early Bird Special (before March 1st) — $200 per institution for the first participant; $75 for each additional participant.

  • Regular Rate (after March 2nd) — $250 per institution for the 1st participant; $100 for each additional participant.

  • Details about affordable rates at local hotels, as low as $89/night plus tax, will soon be shared.

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.)

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.


  • 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.

Registration is now open:


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