Entrepreneurship Programs


The Juilliard Summer Grants Program

Juilliard's Summer Grants Program provides 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

The Juilliard Entrepreneurship Challenge

The mission of the Juilliard Entrepreneurship Challenge is to identify, support, and foster early to mid-stage Juilliard student ideas, projects, businesses, and initiatives and by doing so, enhance career opportunities for Juilliard artists and the entrepreneurial environment for the arts. Challenge winners (a.k.a Project founders) benefit from four main components throughout the academic year to support the long-term success of the project.

  • Business Mentorship
  • Project Implementation
  • Funding Support
  • Professional Development Sessions

Project Criteria:

  • Feasibility of the project idea, clear definition of project success, and prospects for success

  • Ability to raise and attract additional funding for the project

  • Social, Artistic, and Creative Value of the Project

  • Demonstrated commitment by project lead and team members

  • Originality of the idea

  • Sustainability of the business model

For more information contact:

The Office of Career Services, Room 488
(212) 799-5000, ext. 313
[email protected]

Juilliard 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 Educational Outreach 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 the Outreach 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 Educational Outreach
(212) 799-5000, ext. 298
[email protected]