First Tuesday Sessions Videos

Highlights from CMA's First Tuesday Sessions are archived below. Videos from the current season are generally posted within two weeks of their original airing.

In this video, recorded at our October First Tuesday Session, Sami Abu Shumays of Flushing Town Hall and the Arab music ensemble, Zikrayat shares strategies for expanding audiences and bridging cultural divides from the perspective of both presenter and artist.

Vocalist, violinist, educator, and arts administrator Sami Abu Shumays founded the Arab music ensemble Zikrayat in 2005. Since 2012, he has served as deputy director of Flushing Town Hall, where he has advocated for cultural equity and for increased support to immigrant arts. A specialist in the traditional music of Egypt and Syria, Shumays has led workshops throughout the U.S. on Arabic music and published scholarly work on maqam.



DIY Publishing: Your Work, Your Way

In this video, recorded at our February 2016 First Tuesday Session, the innovative flute-and-electronics ensemble Flutronix discusses DIY and traditional approaches to publishing music. READ MORE

The Composer-Ensemble-Commissioner Relationship

In this video, recorded at our March 2016 First Tuesday Session, composer Martin Bresnick shares hard-won wisdom on keeping fee negotiations fair and amicable, responding to commissioning requests, setting pay scales, and more. READ MORE


Navigating Today's Professional Landscape

Bassoonist and ICE-core member Rebekah Heller discusses what it takes to run a successful ensemble in today’s performing arts environment, and how artistry and organizational savvy can—and should—coexist in a career. READ MORE


Producing Music Videos with Kelly Hall-Tompkins

A well-crafted video raises the visibility of all your music activities—whether performance, teaching, or outreach. Learn how to be your own art director and/or to work with a cinematographer to create captivating visual media. READ MORE


Creating a PR Strategy with Matt Merewitz

In this video, Matt Merewitz maps out the “new world order” of print and digital music promotion with a focus on strategy. Learn the benefits of “old school” practices in combination with new approaches. READ MORE



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