Career Development

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The Center for Innovation and Community Impact provides guidance and opportunities that support the career path of your choosing. Programs are tailored to your needs as an individual, and are designed to enhance the work you do in your studio.

“Working Musician” Micro-Courses

Throughout your time at Colburn, you have the opportunity to take a selection of quarter-unit courses that you can mix-and-match to complement your specific career aspirations. Topics include: Financial Literacy, Web Design, Social Media, Community Impact, Arts Administration and Ensemble Management, among others.

Individual Career Advising

Central to the philosophy of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact is the idea that students have their own personal aspirations when it comes to building a thriving performance career. Our team is available by appointment to meet individually with you to provide personalized guidance, tools, and advice for the next steps in your career.

Performance Opportunities

The Center for Innovation and Community Impact provides opportunities for performances in community venues throughout Los Angeles which include schools, hospitals, and retirement homes. Additionally, the Center offers a gig referral service for Conservatory students. Both opportunities can be accessed through our private Facebook group.

Teaching Artistry

Working as a studio teacher is a rewarding and gratifying way to develop a sustainable career in the arts.The Center offers training through our Teaching Fellows course where you will receive practical instruction on how to teach one-on-one lessons. We also offer opportunities to teach both group and private lessons in our Jumpstart program.

New Venture Competition

The annual Colburn New Venture Competition encourages the entrepreneurial spirit by providing strategic and financial support to students and alumni who wish to launch or pursue new business ideas, partnerships, and performance models. Grants from the New Venture Competition can range from $500 to $2,500 a project, and grantees receive a full year of advising from Colburn School staff and faculty.

To enter the competition, students must attend our New Venture Competition workshops; awards are announced each spring.


Throughout the year, the Center hosts a variety of opt-in workshops to complement micro-course offerings which are designed to assist students and alumni on activities outside the classroom and rehearsal halls. Examples of past workshops include:

  • How to get more paid gigs and performance opportunities
  • Why you lost that last audition and how to win the next
  • How to fill out your tax forms
  • Improving body awareness and poise
  • Building confident speaking skills


Open Houses

In addition to scheduled events and one-on-one appointments with our team, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact (Olive 456) opens its doors for monthly walk-ins. Come in to talk with us about your career concerns; have your résumé reviewed; pick up tickets for local concerts; or just come by to see what’s new. Grab a bite to eat, too!

Professional Photo Shoot Sessions

Several times a year, we bring in a photographer to hold a headshot photo session on campus at a subsidized rate. The cost is $25 a student, plus an additional $25 for a retouched photo. This service is limited to 100 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Dates are announced in our Facebook group.


For more information about careers in the performing arts and industry organizations, check out these websites:

Contact Us

Give us a call or drop us an email with your questions or to request an appointment.

Nathaniel Zeisler, DMA
Dean for Community Initiatives

Jazmín Morales
Manager, Center for Innovation and Community Impact

Colburn Career Development Center
Olive 456
Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012