Creative Entrepreneurship Program
The Creative Entrepreneurship Program, hosted by Berklee College of Music in collaboration with MIT Connection Science, allows students to survey the intersection of music, technology, and innovation on two world-renowned campuses. The program explores and practices the philosophy that the creative process and entrepreneurial journey share the same DNA. Leveraging MIT Connection Science's expertise in data science to explore innovation and emerging technologies, participants will explore the cutting-edge of the creative economy using tools like blockchain and artificial intelligence.
Through seminars and workshops with Grammy Award–winning artists, serial entrepreneurs, and top data scientists, students will dive into music industry trends, learn the basics of scientific research, and practice developing an idea from prototype to presentation and publishing. Student teams will collaborate to design a hands-on project, write a white paper, and develop the startup mindset needed to be dynamic thinkers and makers. Participants will also have direct access to the Open Music Initiative, a music industry consortium comprising major companies across the music supply chain.
2020 Program Information
|Monday, June 22–Friday, July 3, 2020|
$50 (nonrefundable, nontransferable)
|Application deadline:||May 31, 2020|
|Move in to Berklee campus:||TBD|
|Move out:||Friday, July 3, 2020, by 1:00 p.m.|
- Please note: This program has limited capacity. Acceptance alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying your deposit. When the program capacity has been reached, applicants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.
This program is a partnership between Berklee College of Music and MIT Connection Science. Students will have the opportunity to shift their view of themselves, learn what it means to think like an entrepreneur, and carry with them a lifelong ability to solve problems, analyze issues, and collaborate with others using their inherent creativity.
By the end of the program, students will be able to:
- exhibit necessary listening and observation skills that are central to both successful artists and innovators;
- present ideas in thoughtful, clear ways to promote the creative process;
- understand arts ensembles as environments for collaboration;
- draw parallels between improvisation acts and the nimble instincts or experimentation of successful entrepreneurs;
- understand the recording process as a metaphor for synthesizing disparate parts into a comprehensive plan; and
- view songwriting as a means of introducing the iterative and cocreation process that all ideas and products undergo, from concept to launch.
See an example of one of the final presentations here.
Upon completion of the program, students will receive a joint certificate from Berklee Summer Programs and MIT Connection Science.
The program will comprise several days on MIT Connection Science's campus and the remainder with Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship on Berklee's campus. The program will culminate on the Berklee campus, with student teams pitching their final projects to a panel of top musicians, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.
During the program, you will immerse yourself in the startup and musician mindset through daily seminars with world-renowned music professionals, innovators, and entrepreneurs from the fields of technology, business, and art. You’ll be in recording studios and ensemble rooms, on concert stages, and in other environments that will demonstrate how the work of artists and creatives provides a model for entrepreneurs. Instruction will be enhanced by hands-on activities and visits to Boston-area innovation labs and organizations such as global design firm IDEO and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Still have questions? Email the BerkleeICE team for more information.
We're looking for ambitious young artists and entrepreneurs from all parts of the globe who are ready to be pioneers, leaders, and change-makers. If you love making art or being creative, are naturally curious and a great listener, like to question the status quo, work well with diverse groups of people (or want to learn how to do that), and enjoy combining disciplines in new ways, then this is the program for you.
You must be fluent in English. You don’t have to be a performer or an artist, but you'll work closely with creators as well as entrepreneurs, faculty at both schools, and other leading experts and educators in the fields of design and creativity.
A complete application form, including a short essay of 1,500 characters or less, responding to the following two questions: What do you hope to learn about creative entrepreneurship, communication, and leadership? What concrete skills, attitudes, or knowledge will you contribute to this program? Applicants may also provide up to three links to relevant websites, products, or services, or other examples of entrepreneurial or leadership projects in which they’ve played a major role.
A passport-style photo ID.
Note that in some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, teacher recommentions, or English language assessments.
Deadline: Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2020; however, the program may fill up before that deadline, so students are encouraged to apply early.
Notification of admission decision: Applicants will be notified of the admission decision within 10 business days after submission of a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the review committee.
Confirming attendance with a program deposit: Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a program deposit. More details will be provided upon acceptance.