2017: Conference in Los Angeles

2017: Conference in Los Angeles

You are welcome to join us for NETMCDO 2017 Conference in Los Angeles: May 23–24, 2017

The NETMCDO Ground Crew is pleased to announce the theme for the 2017 conference:
Makers of Meaning: Strategies for designing your life with music.   

Over the course of two days, we will bring in practitioners from multiple disciplines to share tools, topics, and strategies for infusing meaning into the work musicians do, and the work that career professionals do on their behalf.  We'll explore how we and the musicians we serve experience meaning and relevance in our work. Conference sessions will include insights on how musicians' work affects others and ways to assess the impact. 

Location: The Colburn School in Downtown Los Angeles

Dates: May 23-24, 2017

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Conference Highlights

Discussions with groundbreaking musicians and audience-engagement pioneers, including:

Sessions focused on:

  • Defining personal success and how it might vary across cultures and industries
  • Communicating value and appreciation of the arts
  • Practical strategies to help students better position themselves in the arts marketplace.
  • Exploring The Artist Canvas: a musician’s version of the Business Model Canvas
  • Reframing career thinking or “employability” in a way that engages reluctant teachers and students.
  • Field trip to Renaissance Arts Academy, a uniquely progressive charter school for 6-12th grade with more than just an “emphasis” on the arts

Full schedule & agenda here.

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 31st) — $200 per institution for the first participant; $75 for each additional participant.
  • Regular Rate (after March 31st) — $275 per institution for the 1st participant; $125 for each additional participant.
  • Details about affordable rates at local hotels, as low as $115/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 Nate 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: Nate Zeisler
(213) 621-1080