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Curtis in the Community

Social Entrepreneur | Community Artist Program | Artistyear | Greenfield Residencies | CORZO | Contact

The Curtis curriculum offers many opportunities for students to use their world-class artistry to make a difference in the community.

Today’s musicians must develop the ability to conceive and realize projects rooted in their art and must understand how to engage audiences of all kinds, deeply and fully. Curtis has developed a new sequential curriculum to equip students with these essential skills.

Social Entrepreneur

Curtis’s new one-semester course, Social Entrepreneur, teaches students to create and sustain social value through community-based service opportunities. In addition to work on projects conceived by faculty, participants also:

  •  attend the Careers in Music Speaker Series,
  •  build their online portfolios, and
  •  can apply for small grants to continue their projects after their coursework concludes.

Community Artists Program (CAP)

CAP seeks to empower the next generation of leaders in classical music. CAP participants design and implement unique performance projects combining artistry with invention, leadership with advocacy, and citizenship with community.  In collaboration with partner organizations, CAP offers additional training in

  •  teaching artistry,
  •  interactive performance, and
  •  entrepreneurship.

Curtis faculty and alumni encourage and mentor CAP students throughout the year-long process, providing advice and helping students make connections within the community.


This artist-citizen service year was launched in 2014 by Curtis in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project. ArtistYear brings arts access and education to underserved communities through a year of paid service. The Franklin Project and Curtis’s ArtistYear fellows are collaborating with local Philadelphia community partners to create an impact- and metric-driven pilot program that other arts organizations can replicate.

Greenfield Residencies

Curtis students perform in area schools, hospitals, senior centers, and community venues through the Albert M. Greenfield Residencies.

CORZO Center for the Creative Economy

Curtis is pleased to offer Entrepreneur Office Hours in partnership with the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy. This program provides free, one-on-one consulting to musicians, artists, and performers. By appointment only and open to the public; participants can discuss ideas, strategies, grants, audience engagement, and tactics with local professionals. Entrepreneur office hours is a program of the Corzo Center @ UArts and the Curtis Institute of Music supported by the Knight Foundation and PECO.

Additional Opportunities

Students also participate in the family concert series at Curtis, and coach young musicians in master classes and small-group settings.


Mary Javian, director of community engagement and career development services, (215) 717-3149