About the Career Development Center
Berklee's Career Development Center (CDC) invites you to take advantage of the many career resources available to you as a Berklee student.
Regular hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additional hours: The office is open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Closings: The office is closed the last week of the calendar year.
Meet Our Staff
Peter Spellman, Career Development Center director
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 for 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.
Elise MacDonald, assistant director for career resources and programs
Elise MacDonald has worked as a music educator in high school and private instruction settings for nearly two decades, with a constant focus on helping young musicians improve their music and communication skills. A multi-instrumentalist, she plays flute, fretless electric bass, and piano. In the late '90s, MacDonald founded Two Rivers Music Studios, a small community music school in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Serving as the school's administrator and marketing lead, she also maintained a large flute studio there.
From 1999 through 2012, MacDonald focused primarily on classroom music: she was a music educator (and later director of music) at High Mowing School (HMS), a Wilton, New Hampshire, boarding high school with a storied history of achievement in the arts. She also served as director of bands at Wilton's Pine Hill School. At HMS, she coached jazz combos, taught classical and contemporary music theory, coached classical chamber ensembles, directed an a cappella chorus, served as music director for school musicals, and taught an annual intensive block class in Western music history. Preparing HMS' most engaged music students for New Hampshire All-State and New Hampshire Jazz All-State auditions, as well as college and conservatory auditions, was another area of focus.
From 2008 through 2013, MacDonald was social media manager and one of a team of curators/hosts at Studio 99, a small but critically acclaimed listening room in Nashua, New Hampshire. Studio 99 was host to open mics, jam sessions across a wide array of genres, and concerts by John Abercrombie, Liz Longley, Kate Taylor, George Garzone, Brown Bird, Brooks Williams, and many more. MacDonald has written many articles for print and the web, including a monthly music column for Boston's original Stuff Magazine. She was a freelance proofreader for years, later branching out into web content and social media management for New England-based visual artists and musicians.
In 2010, MacDonald returned to Berklee, her alma mater, to work part-time with the Admissions Department. In 2012, she began full-time work with Berklee's Concert Operations Department, assisting student concert leaders in the process of planning and promoting their concerts, before joining the Career Development Center staff in 2014.
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 to 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.