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​Explore our ongoing collection of resources for students and musicians!

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Gig Finders:
Jobs and Auditions:
American Federation of Musicians
DePaul Handshake - a "LinkedIn" type network for members of the DePaul community. Set up a profile, use keyword searches. Many local job opportunities are posted.
YapTracker - for vocalists
ZipRecruiter - Music Industry
Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection Please visit this page for information on free access for current DePaul students.

Internships - DePaul Career Center
Orchestral Oppurtunites:
Civic Orchestra - Training Orchestra of Chicago
Online Jobs:
Working Nomads

Salary & Negotiation:
DePaul Career Center - Salary & Negotiation Advice
Glassdoor - Free Salary Calculator
SalaryExpert - Free Salary Calculator - Guide to Salary Calculators - Providing Salary History to Employers - Providing Salary History to Employers - Negotiation Strategies
Salary Tutor - Negotiation Strategies
US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Musician Salaring Information

DePaul Career Diversity Resources

Freelance Resources:

#blkcreatives - A Community built to help creatives access the resources they need to build the future they want for themselves and the next generation

Grants & Funding:

Chicago Artist Coalition Grants - SPARK Grants and Coney Family Fund for Visual Arts

The Chicago Community Trust

National Alliance for Audition Support 

The Joyce Foundation Grants Database 

The National Association of Latino Arts & Culture - Fund for the Arts

First Peoples Fund - One-Year Fellowships & Grants

EDI Research Fellowships - Association of Arts Administration Educators

Chicago Sinfonietta - Project Inclusion Freeman Fellowships

Arts Work Fund


Decolonizing the Music Room

MBC - Music By Black Composers

Sphynx Organization

Early Music America - Diversity in Early Music Repertoire

Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA)

Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy

National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

Rachel Barton Pine Foundation

FilAm Music Foundation 

Ensembles & Collectives:

Hearing in Color - Founded by alumnus LaRob Payton, Hearing in Color is dedicated to exposing Chicago’s communities to emerging artists and shining light on cultural issues through the performance of music by composers of color. We believe in the power of music to comfort, embolden, and inspire in the face of subjugation and oppression.

Black Ensemble Theatre - Uptown, Chicago

D-Composed - The mission of D-Composed is to uplift and empower society by providing a platform for the music of Black composers.  To do this, they aim to increase access and exposure to Black creativity, Black culture, and Black life through thoughtful programming, events, and content.


5th Wave Collective - Cofounded by alumnae Ashley Ertz and Mika Allison, 5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by womxn composers. Bringing together a diverse group of musicians, they advance their mission by including performers of all genders who support their cause. They seek to celebrate the legacy of womxn composers before us, and create a platform for those to come.


Radio: Ethnomusicology in Action


Music Articles/Blogs/Videos on Racism:


NPR - "Why is American Classical Music So White?" by Tom Huizenga


My People Tell Stories - "An Open Letter of Racism in Music Studies," by Danielle Brown


Live with Carnegie Hall - Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi lead through the music and history of minstrelsy.


Opera Noire of New York - Greenville TedTalk


Mental Health Resources:

The Okra Project

Mental Health America - BIPOC Mental Health

Psychology Degree Guide

The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness

Black Mental Health Alliance

This is What Black Burnout Feels Like, by Tiana Clark

Artist & Musician Resources

Freelance Artist Resource

COVID Artist Resource - Collected by Women in Music member Camila Conesa

Music Workers Accessing Govt. Support

National Performance Network Resources

CARES Act Financial Relief for Freelancers

MoneyGeek Financial Strategies for Freelancers and Gig Workers

Trupo Freelancers Mutual Aid Circle

Creative Capital Artist Resource List

Opera America Artist Resource Hub

Tonebender Resources for the Sound Community

Performing Arts Alliance

I Care If You Listen Resources

COVID-19 & Instrument Hygiene for Musicians

She Shreds: How to Disinfect Musical Instruments

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund (opens April 1st)

Chicago Federation of Musicians Relief Fund

EqualSound Corona Relief Fund

Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund

AGMA Relief Fund

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Remote Learning Tips:

DePaul Online Learning Advice

Color in My Piano

Compose and Create - Temporary Online Piano Lesson Advice

Free Things:

Ivy League Online Classes

Adobe Acrobat Tools

The Berlin Phil

Vienna Opera from Home

NYT Online Performance List

TED Talks about Music

The Met

The New York Phil

NPR Concerts from Home

Online Work Information: - Who's still hiring during covid-19

Hire DePaul - How to Job Search During a Pandemic

Remote Work Advice


These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the DePaul School of Music of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The DePaul School of Music bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content. 


American Institute of Musical Studies, Austria

Amherst Early Music, CT

Apple Hill Center, NH

Aria International Summer Academy, MA

Aspen Music Festival, CO

Aston Magna Festival, MA

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, MA

Banff Center for the Arts, Canada

Bard Music Festival, NY

Baroque Performance Institute, OH

Berklee Summer Music, NY

Berkshire Choral Festival, MA

Blossom Music Festival, OH

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, MI (many faculty and staff positions open each year)

Bowdoin International Music Festival, ME

Brevard Music Festival, NC 

Britten-Pears School, England

Canada's National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute, ON

Castleton Festival, VA

Centrum Summer Workshops, WA

Chautauqua Institution, NY

Colorado College Summer Music Festival, CO

Colorado Music Festival, CO

Conductor's Institute, SC

Curtis Summerfest, PA

Domaine Forget, Quebec

Eastern Music Festival, NC

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, AK

France Festivals (in French)


Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, VT

Heifetz International Music Institute, VA

Icicle Creek Music Festival, WA

InterHarmony International Music Festival

InterPlay Jazz Camp, NH

Interlochen Arts Festival, MI

International Music Institute and Festival, MD

Jazz in July, MA

JazzWorks Canada, Alberta, CA

Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive, MI

Killington Music Festival, VT

KoSA Jazz Music Workshops

Kyoto Jazz Guitar Experience, Japan

Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop, WA

Lake George Music Festival, NY

Lake Placid Institute, NY

Langnau Jazz Nights, Switzerland

Litchfield Jazz Camp, CT

Living Jazz, CA

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, LA

Madison Early Music Festival, WI

Manchester Music Festival, VT

Mannes Summer Programs, NY

Moravian College Summer Jazz, PA

Marrowstone Music Festival, WA

Meadowmount School of Music, NY

Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Austria

Music Academy of the West, CA

Music at Menlo, CA

National Jazz Workshop, VA

National Orchestral Institute, MD

National Youth Orchestra of the USA

New Hampshire Music Festival, NH

New York Jazz Workshop, NY

New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, MI

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, CT

Northwoods Jazz Camp, WI

Opera in the Ozarks, AR

Pacific Music Festival, Japan

Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, Canada

Philadelphia International Music Festival, PA

Pierre Monteux School, ME

Pine Mountain Music Festival, MI

Ravinia Festival, IL

Rocky Ridge Music Center, CO

Round Top Internation Festival-Institute, TX

Samba Meets Jazz

Sarasota Music Festival, FL

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Germany

Second Line Heart Sanaa Workshop, LA

Sewanee Summer Music Festival,TN

Shell Lake Arts Center Jazz, WI

Sitka Summer Music Festival, AK

Skidmore Jazz Institute, NY


Stanford Jazz Festival, CA

Summit Music Festival, NY

Teagarden Jazz Camp, CA

Tanglewood Music Center, MA

Taos School of Music, NM

Texas Music Festival, TX

Tritone Jazz Camps, WI, NY

Tuckamore Festival, Canada

University of Louisville Summer Jazz Workshop, KY

University of North Carolina School of the Arts, NC

University of North Texas Summer Jazz Workshops, TX

Vail Jazz Workshop, CO

Vermont Jazz Center, VT

Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat, NH

Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, VA

Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, VT

Yosemite Guitar & Bass Jazz Workshop, CA

Financial Education:
The Financial Diet - Articles about saving money, budgeting, and more.
Her Money - All sorts of Financial Advice about myriads of different people
Investopedia- All about investing
JL Collins - Discussions and Articles about Money, Life, and Business
NerdWallet - Advice on Student Loans, Insurance, Savings, Credit Cards, Investing, and More!
Robin Hood - Investing Information
Suze Orman - Financial Solutions for you
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy  - a free service of the nation’s certified public accountants which provides basic information on how to handle your finances through all stages of your life.
MINT - Finance management software (available as an App) & Blog
YNAB - "You Need a Budget", budget software that teaches money management habits (available as an App)
Chime - Chime provides fee-free financial services through a mobile app
3 Arts - Based in Chicago
GrantSpace - Information about applying for grants and starting non-profits
Crowd Sourcing Platforms
Instrument Repair:
Flute Asylum - Woodwind - Chicago, IL
Mclaughlin Violins - Strings - Chicago, IL
Dana Hofer Brass Repair, Inc. - Brass - Des Plaines, IL
Cutting Edge Repair (Claire Cutting) - Reed Instruments - Evanston, IL
PM Woodwind Repair - Woodwind - Evanston, IL
John K. Becker Company - Strings - Chicago, IL
SMR Double Basses - Double Bass - Evanston, IL
M.E. Brune, Luthier - Strings - Evanston, IL
Cassandra Strings - Strings - Evanston, IL
Third Coast Guitar - Guitar - Chicago, IL
Carl Becker & Son, Ltd. - Strings - Chicago, IL
A 440 Violin Shop - Strings - Chicago, IL
Mark Nagy Instrument Repair - Brass/Woodwinds - Chicago, IL
Instrument Insurance:
Instrument Care:

U.S. Copyright Office - Learn about copyright laws

Wage Claim - Instructions for wage claim & minimum wage complaint

Chicago Noise Ordinance

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Music Careers:

Music Career Articles and Resources by Gerald Klickstein
Navigating Music Careers - Rice University's Shepard School of Music offers a variety of resources
Guide to Careers in Music - info about 150+ careers in music
Musician's Way - Career Resources
Miami Classical Music Festival Career Institute - Aims to give participants functional career skills to take charge of their artistic careers and prosper in an evolving economy
DePaul Career Center - General career advice*
EMSI Résumé Optimizer 

Entrepreneurship & Non-Profits:
Salary & Negotiation:
DePaul Career Center - Salary & Negotiation Advice
Glassdoor - Free Salary Calculator
SalaryExpert - Free Salary Calculator - Guide to Salary Calculators - Providing Salary History to Employers - Providing Salary History to Employers - Negotiation Strategies
Salary Tutor - Negotiation Strategies
Dozmia Blog - Thoughts, Stories, and Ideas
Butts in Seats
CutCommon - Information for the New Generation of Musicians

Beyond Talent by Angela Myles Beeching
The Savvy Musician by David Cutler

Online Branding:
The Site Wizard - online resource for web design, promotion, programming and revenue marketing
*Chicago, IL
Local & National Organizations:
2112 - Chicago's first business incubator focused on development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video and creative industry-focused technologies
Future of Music Coalition - Education, research and advocacy for musicians
Chicago Artist Coalition - Previously known as Chicago Artist Resource, this platform hosts job and performance opportunities
AFM Travel Kit - The American Federation of Musicians travel kit for flying with your instrument
Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP)
American Journal of Arts Management
Chicago Music Commission - Promotes the Chicago music community locally, nationally, and internationally
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity - Small Business Information
Illinois Arts Council Agency - Serves the people of Illinois through a variety of grants and services
Arts & Business Council of Chicago -Builds working relationships between arts and cultural organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and highlighting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits

The Art of Breathing

Bill Placke - A blog about efficient practice

Body Intelligence - Alexander Technique

The Daily Ease - Alexander Technique

The Healthy Musicians: Taking Care of Your Mind and Body

Knowing the Score - Professor Malcolm Bilson advises on how to see the score

Mind Over Finger - a Blog and Podcast by Chicago Violinist Renee-Paule Gauthier

Music Body Mind - Yoga for Musicians by a trombonist and yoga teacher, Amelia

Nutrition Tips for Musicians - A video by registered dietitian Jane Reagan

Silence the Shame - empowering and educating communities on mental health

Yoga with Adriene for Musicians

Bjorklund Reedworks - All about reeds with Professor Keith Bjorklund

The Brass Junkies - interviews with brass players

Contrabass Conversations - features interviews of leaders in the Double Bass

Crushing Classical - All about music careers

Double Reed Dish - A podcast for oboists, bassonists and the people who love them

Everything Saxophone

Flute 360

Flute Unscripted

The Great Composers Podcast - Learn about composers from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, to Clara Schumann to Lygeti!

Inside Opera - The Cincinnati Opera Podcast

Jazz Inspired

Mind Over Finger - For Violinists to learn to pracice mindfully, perform optimally and create a purposeful musical career

Scapi Radio

Stand Partners for Life - by LA violinists Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto

DePaul School of Music Recording Services

Local Recording Studios:
Fullerton Recording
Music Garage
Chicago Recording Company

Online Music Distribution:
Bandcamp - sell digital downloads from personalized webite
CD Baby - sell your CD online and distribute your music to iTunes, Amazon, etc.
Disc Makers - press and package your CD
IndieBible - directory of resources for independent musicians
ReverbNation - digital distribution and other tools

Booth, Eric. The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator. Oxford University Press. 2009.
Jaffe, Nick. Becca Barniskis, Barbara Hackett Cox. Teaching Artist Handbook: Volume 1: Tools, Techniques, and Ideas to Help Any Artist Teach. 2013.
Rajan, Rekha S. Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5. 2012.
Professional Organizations:
Online Advice: