Entrepreneurship Programs and Grants


Juilliard Career, Project, and Entrepreneurship Grants
Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowships, Novick Career Advancement Grants, and Benzaquen Career Advancement Grants
Juilliard Community Engagement Grants
Professional Mentoring
Educational Outreach Fellowships
Drama Student-Initiated Projects
Other Independent Project Opportunities
Resident Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Intensives
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The Juilliard Career, Project, and Entrepreneurship Grants

The Juilliard Career, Project, and Entrepreneurship Grants are designed to identify, support, and foster early to mid-stage Juilliard student career needs, unique projects, businesses, and targeted initiatives; and by doing so, enhance career opportunities and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship at Juilliard. Up to $75,000 of support is awarded through these grant programs each year. Career and Project Grants are awarded once per semester by application. Entrepreneurship Grants are awarded in the spring semester by application and interview. Recipients benefit from several support systems throughout the academic year to ensure immediate and long-term success.

  • Financial Support
  • Guided Implementation
  • One-On-One and Group Consulting
  • Networking
  • Workshops and Professional Development

Criteria include:

  • Feasibility of the project idea and a potential for success
  • Clearly defined mission and demonstrated momentum
  • Social, artistic, and creative value of the project
  • Proven commitment by project lead and team members
  • Originality of the idea
  • Detailed budget appropriately articulating specific needs and financial goals
  • Realistic and well-organized timeline
  • Sustainability of the business model

For more information or to schedule a consulting appointment, contact:

The Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, Room 488
(212) 799-5000, ext. 313
careerservices@juilliard.edu or markscenter@juilliard.edu


Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowships, Novick Career Advancement Grants, and Benzaquen Career Advancement Grants

Juilliard administers over $300,000 in fellowship and grant awards for graduates from all disciplines who are starting their careers immediately upon graduation. Awards in the amount of $10,000 are given to a select group of graduates with an established track record demonstrating artistic merit, leadership, breadth of engagement, innovation, and an entrepreneurial mindset among other key characteristics. Funds will provide a critical jump-start to their careers, providing resources for professional development as well as general living expenses.


The Juilliard Community Engagement Grants Program

Juilliard's Community Engagement Grants provide funding each year for projects conceived by Juilliard students who employ their talent in public service programs. Each year, two or three projects are chosen from dozens of applications. Some recent projects funded by the School have included:

  • A Midwest concert tour to raise money for leukemia patients
  • A series of workshops and master classes led by an Ugandan organ student for rural children in his homeland and in Kenya
  • A series of seminars on arts advocacy conducted by a singer who researched arts advocacy issues in Washington
  • Two fully-staged productions focusing on the treatment of women in society, presented by a repertory company formed by an entire Juilliard class of actors

Activities like these deepen the students’ understanding of their role and impact as artists. Preference is given to projects that have not only educational value to the student beyond conventional artistic or academic studies, but also potential benefit to others, especially those in underserved areas of the United States. Students are encouraged to apply for summer grants by submitting a written description of the projects and proposed budget, including contributions by the applicant and other funding sources, to the Dean’s Office, by February 1 of each year.

For more information contact:

The Office of Student Affairs
(212) 799-5000, ext. 200


Professional Mentoring

Juilliard students can join this new program, the first of its kind at any conservatory. The Mentoring program is part of the June Noble Larkin Program for the Humanities, which will introduce several initiatives to broaden the repertoire of personal skills developed at Juilliard.

The Professional Mentoring program (for third- and fourth-year undergraduates and all graduate students) invites students to apply with a project that has an expansive arts-learning agenda, or a career-specific goal. Those who are accepted are paired with faculty mentors who help shape the projects and connect students to professionals in the New York arts community who can mentor students in the project. Projects have included choreographing and filming a site specific dance to learning about Indian sitar music.

Students must apply and be interviewed to join both programs.

Juilliard and the arts in general are challenging worlds—it is hoped that the mentor will serve as a guide to help each student find his or her own way into a lifetime of exploration and creative satisfaction.

For more information, contact:

Bärli Nugent
(212) 799-5000, ext. 592


Drama Student-Initiated Projects

A Student Initiated Project (SIP) is an exercise that allows a Drama Division student to practice making and being responsible for the creation of their own work. They are asked to articulate their vision for a theatrical piece and then go through a step by step process in bringing that vision to life on stage in performance.

Students must be in good standing to apply to do a SIP. Initial approval is granted by James Gregg, Division Production Coordinator and Richard Feldman, Associate Director of the Division. The arc of the process from discussion of the idea to performance is guided by James but all elements of responsibility and production are in the hands of the student.

After an articulation of their idea for a piece, the student moves to define and identify needs in support of that vision. The student is challenged to define the financial needs of their idea through estimates and budgeting. Those needs and estimates are then refined into a fundraising or grant appeal. Students schedule, rehearsal, the finding of support staff and actors, the negotiation of rights, load in, house management and ticketing duties the student works with on their own and are the responsible party.

Final approval of the project is granted by Jim Houghton, Director of the Division. All students involved in the project must be in good standing in the Division. Throughout the process guidance is available but the student is empowered to become a responsible, independent artist who has important entrepreneurial skills to match their skills as performers.

For more information contact:

Drama Division
(212) 799-5000, ext. 251


Educational Outreach Fellowships

Juilliard’s Office of Community Engagement programs benefit various audiences throughout New York City, sharing the joy of the performing arts and the artistry of Juilliard students.

The broad range of teaching and interactive performance programs includes individual and group instruction in classical and jazz music, dance, and theater; introductory classroom enrichment sessions in music concepts and performance preparation; interactive dance and music performances for grades K through 12 and health-care facilities; and a Saturday music program at Juilliard providing underserved 8 to 14 year olds with weekly instruction and mentoring.

Teaching programs require a partnership between the school and Juilliard to successfully facilitate programming. Most partner schools participate for a minimum of 3 years.

Beyond their valuable service to the community, the Educational Outreach Programs additionally provide Juilliard students with fellowships to teach and/or perform in these programs.

Guided by staff and faculty, student fellows develop leadership skills, a sense of social responsibility, and deepen their understanding of their role and impact as teaching artists.

For more information about our programs, please contact:

Office of Community Engagement
(212) 799-5000, ext. 298


Independent Student Projects

Students interested in producing their own independent interdisciplinary projects on campus are encouraged to visit the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship to share ideas, brainstorm, and discuss opportunities for collaboration. While student performance, rehearsal, and class schedules are rigorous, we are happy to meet with you to discuss ways to create new work outside of the curriculum. Pending approval, you may be provided with space for your project, faculty/staff consulting, and opportunities to fundraise.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

The Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship
(212) 799-5000, ext. 313


Resident Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Intensives

Throughout the year the Center hosts dozens of alumni entrepreneurs and industry leaders for lectures, workshops, roundtables, and one-on-one consulting with students as part of our Resident Entrepreneur Series. These guests share industry-specific experience in areas such as starting a chamber ensemble, founding a theater company, opening a performance venue, incorporating as a non-profit or LLC, fundraising, touring, and so much more. Our day-long Entrepreneurship Intensives, held each semester, provide students with focused instruction, serve as an incubator for ideation, and leave students with substantive action items to bring their concepts to fruition.