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Project Jumpstart presents musician and author David Cutler in mini-residency

Jan. 31, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Project Jumpstart, the music entrepreneurship and career development initiative at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will present musician, author, and alumnus David Cutler on Feb. 5 & 6 in four workshop events aimed at navigating today's changing musical world. The events are open to the public and free of charge and will be held at the Jacobs School of Music on the IUB campus.

On Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 pm in Sweeney Hall (Simon Building), David Cutler will present The Savvy Music Teacher. Cutler will focus on what to expect as a professional private teacher, and will lay out a step-by-step plan for generating $50,000-90,000 a year. A brief networking session will follow this workshop from 3:15 - 3:45 pm.

On Sunday, Feb 5 at 3:45 pm in Sweeney Hall (Simon Building), Cutler will host Webworthy: the website master class. Through in-class evaluation of students' websites, Cutler will explain the specifics of attracting fans, supporters, and customers to a website. Jacobs students interested in submitting their sites should email their site links to jumpstar [at] in advance of the workshop.

On Monday, Feb. 6 at 12:15 pm in MC 036 (Musical Arts Center), Cutler's residency resumes with Creating Demand for your Music in Any Environment. This engaging presentation will conclude with an exploration of new opportunities for 21st-Century musicians.

On Monday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 pm in M 242 (Simon Building), Cutler will conclude his residency with a workshop geared toward doctoral students planning to pursue careers in higher education. In The Future College Music Professor, Cutler will explore the university of the near future in relation to the 20th century paradigm.

David Cutler is the author of The Savvy Musician: Building a career, earning a living, & making a difference (Helius Press, 2010). An alumnus of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Cutler has established himself in a breadth of roles, including author, jazz and classical composer, educator, pianist, speaker, and advocate. His compositions and arrangements reflect a wide range of musical influence and have been commissioned by ensembles and performers including the Classical Orchestra of Milan, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and singer Nancy Wilson. As a performer, Cutler has collaborated with the Boston Brass, New Century Saxophone Quartet, and the River City Brass Band. Dr. Cutler is currently on the faculty at Duquesne University as Associate Professor of Composition and Musicianship, and Coordinator of Music Entrepreneurship Studies.

Planned in partnership with the Indiana University Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, David Cutler's visit marks Project Jumpstart's second arts entrepreneur residency of the 2011-12 academic year. Project Jumpstart is a student-centered and student-driven initiative offering a variety of career furthering resources to students at the Jacobs School of Music. For more information, visit