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Composer Alex Shapiro Leads CMA's First Tuesdays Seminar, 11/2

Chamber Music America (CMA) has invited composer Alex Shapiro to present her newest professional-development workshop for musicians, You Are the Art, You Are the Product: Making Your Music Available to the World. The seminar, the second in CMA's 2010-2011 First Tuesdays series, will be held on Tuesday, November 2, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in New York City.

The seminar is free of charge, but seating is limited, and reservations are required. To reserve, contact Caitlin Murphy, Program Assistant, CMA,, (212) 242-2022, x16.

Alex Shapiro has found that international relationships created through the Internet, paired with local and national community involvement, have led to a fulfilling career in music. In You Are the Art, You Are the Product, she offers a broad discussion of the business, digital, and psychological tools that musicians need to create a viable, income-producing career. Topics will include promoting what you offer, rejecting the notion of competition, creating a compelling Web presence, copyright and publishing basics, and getting others to perform your music through distribution.

Published by her own company, Activist Music, Alex Shapiro's acoustic and electroacoustic works are performed and broadcast weekly across the U.S. and internationally and have been recorded on over 20 commercially released CDs. Well known in the new-music community through her articles in such web magazines as NewMusicBox and her blog, Alex serves on the board of directors of the American Music Center and The MacDowell Colony, is the elected concert-music representative on the ASCAP Board of Review, and is a past president of the board of directors of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles.

Now in its eighth season, First Tuesdays is series of free monthly workshops that focus on a wide range of practical issues critical to the ensemble music professional. First Tuesdays workshops take place at Saint Peter's Church in New York City; recordings of selected sessions are offered free to CMA members via the CMA website. First Tuesdays is produced by Chamber Music America and the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peters Church and Midtown Arts Common.

The program is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, MetLife Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

2010-2011 First Tuesdays continues with:

December 7 History is Your Own Heartbeat: An Overview for Archiving Your Work
With ReuBen Jackson, Archivist

February 1 Mission, Money and Models: When to Lead and When to Follow in Changing Times
With Adrian Ellis, Executive Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center

March 1 Meet the Music Press
With Nate Chinen and Steve Smith

April 5 Writing Workshop: Crafting Your Bio
With Elizabeth Dworkin and Susan Thames, Dworkin and Associates

May 3 Teaching Artistry: Involving Audiences in Your Creative Progress
With Eli Yamin, Jazz Pianist and Teaching Artist, Jazz Drama Program

June 7 Mapping Your Professional World: A Bird's-Eye View of Group Management
With Howard Robinson, D.S.W., Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work, Fordham University


The Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter's Church, a home for diverse individuals and communities, celebrates the dignity and vitality of jazz, provides vibrant worship and pastoral care, and, through intersecting partnerships, offers jazz programs, education and services.

Chamber Music America, the national service organization for the ensemble music profession, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists' managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine.


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