Creative ideas abound at the Eastman School of Music, one of the top professional music schools in the world. Nurturing ideas, encouraging students to be entrepreneurial in their pursuits, and providing young musicians with the tools they need to succeed in today's music marketplace are hallmarks of the Eastman School that set it apart from its peer institutions.

The Eastman School benefits from the enlightened attitude of its administration and faculty, who recognize that becoming a virtuoso performer is no longer good enough for today's musician. The School has created a unique atmosphere among music schools where ideas can flourish and students are empowered to shape their own destiny by developing the skills and networks they need to adapt to the changing and challenging arts world. Young artists who will serve as tomorrow's music leaders must become entrepreneurial thinkers who understand how to develop and implement a sound business plan without sacrificing their ideals and ideas for their art. The state of classical and jazz music in this country depends on their success.

Major funding from the Marion Ewing Kauffman Foundation will help Eastman students develop skills that will allow them to transform ideas into enterprises that will strengthen the cultural life of this country and hopefully sustain the classical music world of tomorrow.

The Institute for Music Leadership (IML) received a major part of a $3.5 million grant to the University of Rochester from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support entrepreneurship education. The IML now includes a focus in "music entrepreneurship," helping students to learn how to turn promising ideas into sound business plans.