Music Department
Arts Entrepreneurship

NC State’s Music Department is pleased to announce a new Minor in Arts Entrepreneurship, launched in Spring 2012. We are offering this program to students from all disciplines on campus.


There are a number of unique aspects to the Arts Entrepreneurship Minor. Based on the concepts of both intellectual and experiential readiness, the Minor helps emerging arts entrepreneurs use a broad knowledge base to create successful arts ventures. Using an innovative classroom experience, a focus on informed decision-making and a cutting-edge curriculum, this is simply the most comprehensive program on the topic in the country.


Courses now offered for Fall 2014.



Innovative Teaching

Using an innovative, adaptive and energetic teaching philosophy, the Arts Entrepreneurship Minor challenges students to discover and channel their entire education into an entrepreneurial arts career. For students pursuing a science or technology degree interested in developing an arts-related product or those wanting to leverage their major in the Arts domains, the Minor is the first step in understanding how to best position their ideas in the arts marketplace.
The Entrepreneurial Ecology of the Arts

A robust, adaptive and dynamic pedagogy for emerging arts entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneurial Ecology of the Arts serves as a basis for the entire program and can be applied to entrepreneurial contexts outside the arts. Using the Ecologies, students practice the art of entrepreneuring, and learn practical techniques to sustain their arts.

Experience on Two Levels

The Capstone course in the Minor takes students out of the classroom and puts them in the field. Teams of students (purposed as “consultants”) engage Raleigh arts entrepreneurs as they grapple with the most common problems faced by arts businesses. By using what they learn in the previous courses, students can not only see what it takes to be an arts entrepreneur in the “real world,” they can impact the Raleigh arts community in ways that will last for years.
From the Classroom to the Community

Learning to work in teams is the foundation for a successful student experience. From daily discussion and assignments to peer critiques and assistance, the Minor is designed to help students act proactively and develop a network beyond their disciplinary circle. The Capstone Experience in Arts Entrepreneurship gives students an opportunity to test their networking skills with working artists and arts entrepreneurs from Raleigh - an experience not found in other programs. Successful arts entrepreneurs create networks to reach their goals, and the Minor is the first step in building a network before pursuing an arts venture.


Degree Plan

Knowing that academic minors can be difficult to finish, we designed the Arts Entrepreneurship Minor as a three-semester sequence of five courses. And no, we are not guaranteeing that every student can complete the Minor in three semesters - it depends on individual degree plans. However, we work with students to complete the Minor in a timely a manner.


Here's how completing the 15-credit Minor in three semesters works:
1) EMA 365 and EMA 370 require no prerequisites and can be taken concurrently
2) If a student takes the advised elective at the same time as EMA 365 and EMA 370, then 60% of the Minor is complete in one semester.
3) Assuming one semester each for both EMA 375 and EMA 430 (these courses have EMA 370 & EMA 375 as prerequisites) you can actually complete the Minor in three semesters.

Degree Plan
EMA 365 - Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship (GEP IP)
EMA 370 - Practical Arts Entrepreneurship (GEP IP)

EMA 375 - Understanding the Arts Economies

EMA 430 - Capstone Experience in Arts Entrepreneurship
Advised Elective - 3 credit



The first two courses in the Minor - EMA 365 Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship and EMA 370 Practical Arts Entrepreneurship - are GEP Interdisciplinary Perspective (IP) courses. Make no mistake, however, these courses are not just about the Arts and Business – they are more about how art is conceived and consumed in different market environments and the role larger forces have in starting for- and non-profit arts ventures. By approaching this intersection, student arts entrepreneurs can both identify and target markets based not on demand, but on sound decision making.
Advised Elective

No, the advised elective is not filler. It is designed to provide students in the Minor a supportive educational experience. Typically, those students who have not had an arts experience while at NC State will be advised into an arts course. Likewise, those students who have not had a business or economics experience at NC State are typically advised into a foundational course from the Poole College of Management. Having these experiences will help emerging arts entrepreneurs create a better plan to launch their arts venture and most importantly, make better decisions about sustaining these creations.



It may seem unusual that NC State is offering an Arts Entrepreneurship Minor. Yet if you look closer, it makes perfect sense. NC State has a number of entrepreneurship efforts and the Arts Entrepreneurship Minor is just the newest on campus.


Many students on campus have arts training prior to attending NC State and continue to engage in arts activities and enroll in arts courses. The Arts Entrepreneurship Minor is here to serve a varied student body, and most logically, emerging arts entrepreneurs.

Here is another reason why the Minor is at NC State: there are students in non-arts disciplines with entrepreneurial ideas that can impact the production of art need to know an artist's cultural and economic environment. Without this knowledge, these emerging entrepreneurs lack the ability to communicate their idea to the very market they are trying to target - artists.

The Arts Entrepreneurship Minor is here at NC State to serve students from across the campus because in the end, it is not just the artist who creates art - innovative ideas from many disciplines aid in the production of art. In this sense, NC State is perhaps the best place to have an Arts Entrepreneurship Minor: emerging arts entrepreneurs and students who can revolutionize arts production pervade the campus.

This only happens at NC State.