The Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) is thrilled to announce its first student trip to Silicon Valley. This trip will take 10 music students to the hub of startup culture, technological development, and venture capital. Students will spend five days visiting top tech companies such as Google, Spotify, and Twitter; touring incubators and innovation labs such as Stanford and the Y Combinator; and meeting venture capitalists and entrepreneurs on Sand Hill Road.
Daily activities and speakers will illustrate the parallels between the startup mentality and the creative process, and explore transferable creative skills such as inspiration, improvisation, listening, and collaboration. The trip will strengthen the bridge between Berklee and Silicon Valley, and expand students’ visions of what types of careers are possible with a music degree.
Students will leave the trip with increased exposure to the types of professional opportunities within the tech sector and concrete ways that creatives can market their highly valuable skills outside of the music industry.
January 10–16, 2016
Based out of Palo Alto, California
Total student contribution of $1,250 trip fee, plus the cost of most breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
The trip fee includes economy airfare from Boston to San Francisco, six nights of hotel accommodations, ground transport, and limited lunches and dinners. The fee will be adjusted if the airfare needs vary.
A sliding scale discount is available based on student need. Email Nicole d’Avis at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
To apply for the trip, students must complete the application in its entirety by no later than 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 29, 2015.
Applicants will be informed of final decisions by Friday, December 4, 2015, and must confirm their participation and provide any additional information by no later than Monday, December 7, 2015 in order to reserve their slot.
The Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI), the combined Student Government Association's Bridge the Gap initiative, and the Boston Conservatory Dance Division offers regular events for collaborative ensemble improvisation of music, dance, and visual arts by students and faculty members from Berklee and the Boston Conservatory. The project director is Juliano Vendemiatti, a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and sound designer. The Berklee mentor is saxophonist Neil Leonard, the artistic director of the BIAI and a faculty member in the Electronic Production and Design Department. The Boston Conservatory mentor is Olivier Besson, an improvisational movement artists from France but based in Boston.
All physical abilities and creative styles are welcome. Food and drinks will be served after the jam.