Michael Drapkin


Michael Drapkin

Michael Drapkin is considered one of the leading proponents for music entrepreneurship education in the United States today. He is a performing clarinetist, an educator, a technology executive, a published composer/arranger, and an entrepreneur that has worked with over 30 startup firms to the Fortune 500. He has written for the New York Times, chaired a program at an Ivy League university, spoken and given lectures across the country, and has written, cowritten or contributed to 11 books.

Drapkin founded and presented the Brevard Conference on Music Entrepreneurship (BCOME) for two summers at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, attracting as attendees professional musicians, industry professionals, college music faculty and deans from as far away as Singapore. For BCOME, he was awarded $100,000 in grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - the nation's largest entrepreneurship foundation - and was one of their first music grantees ever. For his efforts with BCOME, Drapkin was a finalist for Best Non-Profit CEO for The Ten Awards - the "Academy Awards of New York Business," an annual selection of ten companies and individuals in the greater New York business community that display extraordinary leadership and innovation to improve their business. He has delivered keynote speeches, lectures and master classes across the U.S. including Eastman, Juilliard, Northwestern and The University of Texas at Austin, among others.

Drapkin has been an active member of the College Music Society, which represents college music faculty worldwide. He was recently appointed co-chair of the Careers Outside the Academy Committee, previously chaired their Committee on Career Development and Entrepreneurship, and led a pre-conference seminar for them in Atlanta. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and has been a keynote speaker for their Southwest Chapter, and has made presentations at the CMS National Conference annually for the past eight years.

For more information, visit www.drapkin.net .

Articles by Michael Drapkin:

An Indexed Financial Model for Symphony Orchestras
October 7, 2019