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pARTnership Movement Profiles: A Singing Media Mogul and a Choreographing Management Consultant

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We have covered it here before, CEOs and business leaders who find their artistic practice very integral in the success of running their business. Let’s cover two more leaders who have proven that arts and business do indeed complement each other and make for valuable business lessons.

 

WHO: David Steinberger

 

WHAT: Juilliard-trained vocal artist, also CEO and cofounder of comiXology, an Amazon.com subsidiary that’s the largest distributor of digital comic books

 

SAY WHAT?!: In 1998, after graduating from Juilliard, Steinberger abandoned his artistic dreams of singing at The Met and instead began training Wall Street bankers and lawyers to present to audiences–first at Credit Suisse and then as a temp assigned to different firms.

 

He’s won a business plan competition while still an MBA student at NYU, raised an estimated $2.85 million in venture and seed financing in comiXology’s early days, lead annual “ask me anything” open forums at San Diego Comic Con, and orchestrated an Amazon buyout in April 2014 – proving he has built a lucrative business career getting others to listen to him.

 

QUOTABLE: To this day, he credits singing for helping him find his business voice. “When you’re performing solo–just you and your pianist, which I love to do–you’re very exposed. You learn to be really, really prepared before going on stage”.

 

TO BE HEARD, FIRST YOU MUST LISTEN

THEN, YOU MUST LEARN TO BREATHE

FINALLY, YOU MUST FOCUS

 

READ MORE: Singing Opera Helps This Media Mogul Find His Business Voice

 

 

WHO: Sydney Skybetter

 

WHAT: A choreographer, curator and consultant focusing on issues of change, choreography and technology. Both his TEDx talk and Twitter give great insight into the work and research.

 

TELL ME MORE!: He’s catalyzed innovation inside organizations ranging from The National Ballet of Canada to Hasbro, Bloomberg Philanthropies to the University of Southern California.

 

He produces an annual symposium called the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI) to gather dancers, ethnographers, computer scientists, artists and others to think about how we choreograph our devices, and how they choreograph us. Oh, he’s also faculty at Brown University.

 

QUOTABLE: “If you want to fire people and ratchet up efficiency, hire a suit. If you want your team to ideate and move seamlessly together, hire a choreographer.”

 

READ MORE: Meet The Choreographer Shaking Up Organizations By Chasing The Silences

 

Photo: Steinberger via Fast Company and Skybetter via Safety Third Productions.

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Conversations and pARTnerships Lead to Music Month in New York City

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Conversations and pARTnerships Lead to Music Month in New York City

What can happen when a creative industry is supported by business, city agency, university and more? A full-on revolution. And that’s just what’s happening in New York City. June will be the first-ever celebration of New York Music Month (NYMM).

 

Produced by New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and New York Is Music, the month-long celebration will offer a wide-range of free and paid concerts, workshops, walking tours, conferences, and resources for musicians including more than 2,000 hours of free rehearsal space underwritten by the city.

 

The new initiative was borne out of conversations between the MOME and music industry leaders following a summer summit in 2016, led by MOME Commissioner Julie Menin and attended by representatives of more than 75 music-centric companies and organizations.

 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the month-long initiative. "Throughout its history, New York City’s diversity has fueled remarkable innovations in the arts -- and nowhere is this clearer than the city’s music industry”. MOME released findings of a music economic study of the city that showed the NYC music industry supported almost 60,000 jobs and $5 billion in wages, and drove $21 billion in overall economic value in 2015.

 

"As the global music business experiences a true renaissance, there’s no better time to recognize the industry’s broad impact on New York's economy, identify key challenges and opportunities for the creative sector and create new networks of common interest across all five boroughs," says New York Is Music's Founder Justin Kalifowitz.

 

These networks of common interest have resulted in partnerships that support NYMM all month long - free rehearsal space in conjunction with community development organization Spaceworks, an online map for the free walking tours in conjunction with recreation and entertainment expert Foursquare, a panel discussion on Women Behind the Music hosted by digital music portal Spotify, and a day-long Sound Development NYC conference that centers on the intersection of music, technology and real estate in conjunction with NYU Steinhardt and Sound Diplomacy, a leading global advisor in increasing the value of music and night culture in cities, places, and developments.

 

Image: New York Music Month

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