Hello and welcome everybody. Welcome to the inaugural N-W-S-X-N-Y-U webinar. Alex, I'm gonna turn it over to you to do the initial introductions, but so glad to have all of you with us here today.
Yes, good morning and thank you, Heather for welcoming. Thank to all of you who are attending with us virtually online, either live or watching the recordings.
It's wonderful to bring you together here for our first NWS by NYU Summit focused on the future of orchestral musicians in their careers. I'm Dr. Alex Ruthmann, a professor of music education, music technology, and interactive media and business at NYU Steinhardt, and I also serve as the principal investigator of the NYU NEA Research Lab on sustainable entrepreneurship in the performing arts.
This event and our research lab is funded in part by the NEA's Research Labs program under their priority area for arts, entrepreneurship, and innovation. It is my pleasure, together with my research colleagues, Dr. Tanya Kalmanovich and Dr. Bruce Carter, to co host this two day virtual summit with our research partner, the New World Symphony.
As part of our multi year research agenda, we are convening this summit to bring together musicians, leaders, educators, philanthropists, and researchers. In order to surface the current and emerging issues, challenges, opportunities, and best practices, preparing and supporting orchestral musicians for the career realities of today and tomorrow during a time of massive change in both our field and in the world.
Over the next two days, we have curated eight panels and presentations focused on the topics of sustainable leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation towards the goal of developing a researcher and practitioner network focused on better understanding the skills that musicians need beyond artistic excellence in order to develop and sustain productive and meaningful careers in and through music and the performing arts across the lifespan.
As well as how and when our institutions across the lifespan might best support the learning and development of those skills. Our opening session features our partners from the New World Symphony as they present and discuss their experiences developing their fellow's next generation skills through their blue entrepreneurship and leadership.
Training program. Without further ado, I pass the baton to my colleagues at the New World Symphony. Welcome.
Thank you so much, Alex, for that introduction. We're really glad to be joining you in partnership for this summit. My name is Cassidy Fitzpatrick Carlson and I'm the Senior Vice President for Musician Advancement and Dean at the New World Symphony.
And for those of you who are not familiar with the New World Symphony, we're a Post graduate orchestral fellowship. That is usually three years in length, though. We are a non degree granting institution, and we deliver a fellowship program curriculum in three main parts performance and musicianship, audience and community engagement, leadership and entrepreneurship, which will be focusing on throughout the course of the summit.