About the CDC
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday until 7:00 p.m. (The office is closed the last week of the calendar year.)
Location: Uchida Building, 921 Boylston Street, 1st floor, Suite 100
Career Development Center
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street, MS-921 CDC
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617 747-2246
Fax: 617 747-6157
Meet Our Staff
Peter Spellman, Director of the Career Development Center
Peter Spellman is an artist development specialist, helping musicians apply their entrepreneurial instincts to create success. He is director of the Career Development Center at Berklee College of Music and the author of several handbooks on music career development including, The Self-Promoting Musician: Strategies for Independent Music Success (2000/2008, Berklee Press), Plan Your Band! (2007, MBS Business Media), Indie Marketing Power: The Resource Guide for Maximizing Your Music Marketing (2008, MBS Business Media), and his latest, Indie Business Power: A Step By Step Guide for 21st Century Music Entrepreneurs (2009, MBS Business Media). He also wrote the chapter on internet promotion for the second and third editions of The Musician's Business and Legal Guide (1996, 2001, Prentice-Hall/Jerome Hedlands), the most used music business textbook in U.S. colleges and universities.
A recognized expert on music industry trends, the impact of the internet on music, and music business entrepreneurship, Spellman is a popular speaker at colleges, universities, and music conferences around the country.
He has over 25 years of experience as a performing and recording musician, and is also the president of Music Business Solutions (www.mbsolutions.com), a business and marketing consultancy for independent musicians, songwriters, and music businesses. Spellman has worked as a booking agent, record label manager, music editor, artist manager, and producer.
In addition, Spellman performs as a percussionist with ambient folk jazz ensemble Underwater Airport (underwaterairport.com).
Julia Bingham, Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Julia Bingham studied musical theater, acting, and performing arts at the University of New Hampshire. Her education includes a year of study in Los Angeles in film and TV production, and she is currently in a M.Ed. program at Northeastern University.
In 2001, she moved to Boston, where she's held positions in publishing, marketing, project management, and sales while cultivating her interest in the local music scene. Since then, she's been surrounded by friends who own record labels, recording studios, and rehearsal spaces, as well as those who perform professionally, tour, engineer, and produce.
She's the cofounder of Merch Music (www.merchmusic.com), a creative format of digital music distribution for musicians and bands, as well as AllEars Headphone Rental & Production Services (www.allearsheadphones.com), which expands venue possibilities for live bands and DJs. In her spare time she attends numerous music industry conferences and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
At Berklee, Bingham's focus is on developing external employer relations, organizing on-campus audition and recruitment events, and building bridges to alumni who can provide valuable advice to students and recent graduates interested in pursuing similar career goals. She presents workshops on networking, job search strategies, grad school applications, and resumes and cover letters, and is available throughout the year for one-on-one advising with students and alumni.
Erik Privert, Assistant Director, Career Resources and Programs
Erik Privert is passionate about the performing arts, and especially about helping artists reach their potential. For the past three years as the assistant director of career resources and programs at the Career Development Center (CDC) at the Berklee College of Music, he has been advising students and alumni about the music industry and professional development.
Before his time at the CDC, he wore many hats in the music business, working as an international booking agent, artist manager, tour manager, and arts/artist consultant. This work in the industry allowed him to work with a variety of artists, including Harry Connick Jr., the Count Basie Orchestra, Ron K. Brown Evidence Dance Company, TS Monk, World Culture Music Record Label, and Jon Faddis.
In addition to working behind the music scenes, Privert continues to develop as an artist by continually working as a bassist, composer, educator, and arranger. Writing collaborations include arranging for the Rachael Price Quartet, cowriting the title track to Mack Avenue recording artist Sachal Vasandani's latest release, called "We Move", and arranging "America the Beautiful" on multi-Grammy nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon's Concord Records release "Homefree". Recent performance/recording opportunites include work with Kurt Elling, Eric Reed, Kevin Mahogany, Winard Harper, and Mike Garson. While on the road or in his community, Privert continues to share his musical experiences through private instruction or workshops he conducts.
Privert was well-prepared for the music world upon graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business Management. As a student, he was awarded the Joe Smith Award by the Music Business Department and the John Neves Memorial Scholarship from the Bass Department.
The mission of the Career Development Center is to provide expert guidance, leading-edge resources and professional development experiences to a diverse student body for the achievement of students' music career goals. Our overall focus is on music career management rather than on a one-time job link, and on helping students access resources and activities available to them as well as helping them apply these resources to their own individual career paths.
In partnership with students and alumni, CDC services facilitate lifelong career development through self-awareness, career exploration, career decision-making, and the implementation of career choices.
In partnership with faculty and college staff, CDC services provide information, programs, and consultations to help staff and faculty better understand the career-related needs of students.
In partnership with alumni, parents, and employers, CDC services develop informational and experiential networks that involve these groups as resources in support of the career development of students.
In partnership with employers, CDC services will maintain existing relationships as well as develop new ones with a significant base of employers and talent buyers who have an ongoing interest in the employment potential and careers of Berklee students and alumni.