Little revolutions are happening in the world all the time. Some industries foster constant upheaval and others fight to maintain tradition. But one thing is certain – anything can change.

This month’s issue highlights artist-revolutionaries disrupting the world of classical music, for good. Contributor Mark Rabideau starts us off with an explanation and a prophecy of what arts entrepreneurship really is and why it matters for the future of the art form. Mark McCoy introduces us to a group of social entrepreneurs who happen to be virtuoso musicians – the amazing ensemble Decoda. And in POP Picks, Decoda violinist Anna Elashvili selects five organizations, each making a big impact on their local communities and the music world.

Along with the philosophy and artistry behind entrepreneurship, this month’s issue has practical advice, including how to finance your fledgling music business, by reporter Diane Haithman. In 21CMU, the Connect group reads and discusses The Savvy Music Teacher, a great how-to guide for those wanting to launch an educational endeavor.

Are you a budding artist-revolutionary or a weekend entrepreneur? We would love to highlight you in 21CM! Tell me your story at

Elizabeth Hinckley


A Conversation with Decoda

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Along with a busy calendar of performances from Abu Dhabi to Iceland, Decoda also manages to find time to develop innovative projects that impact those at the margins of society – performing in schools, homeless shelters and also prisons.


Entrepreneurship and the Artist-Revolutionary

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The term “arts entrepreneurship” seems to have flummoxed the music profession, with half believing it’s a merger of B-school and conservatory practices and the rest decrying “l’art pour l’art.” While at first glance, the artist and the entrepreneur may seem worlds apart, in fact they are remarkably similar.


A Guide to Financing Your Artistic Vision

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You decided pretty early on in your conservatory days that a typical classical music career wasn’t for you. Now your string-fusion ensemble, festival or great new music gadget is starting to explode! You want to take it to the next level, but you are up against the same issue every entrepreneur or innovator faces: funding.