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 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.

Martin Bresnick's compositions—from opera, chamber, and symphonic music to film scores and computer music—are performed throughout the world. Among his many accolades are the Elise L. Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Foundation’s Aaron Copland Prize for teaching, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently professor of composition and coordinator of the composition department at the Yale School of Music.


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


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


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


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

Public Speaking for Musicians

Learn how best to prepare, practice, and deliver effective and engaging presentations, from pre-concert talks to spoken program notes, as well build techniques for staying confident and relaxed. READ MORE



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