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Self-Employment in the Arts

The Self-Employment in the Arts Series features successful, entrepreneurial artists from across the country for small-group sessions, lectures and the occasional performance on Drury’s campus. 

Christopher Burnett

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship is excited to announce its first speaker in the Self-Employment in the Arts series this spring. Mr. Christopher Burnett is a jazz musician and marketing director of the Jazz Museum in Kansas City who brings decades of experience in all facets of the music business. He will visit Springfield on Friday, February 19th, at 4:00 pm to host a lecture on the history of his success as a self-employed performer. Later that evening, Mr. Burnett will lead a performance at Q’Enoteca Wine Bar on Commercial Street. The event is open to the public; students in business, the performing arts and arts administration are encouraged to attend.

Michael Spyres 

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship is thrilled to announce its second speaker in the Self-Employment in the Arts series this spring. Mr. Michael Spyres is a world renowned opera singer who has performed throughout Europe and North America in such grand venues as the English National Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Theater of Champs Elysées and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He comes to Drury on Thursday, March 31st at 4:00 to share the story behind his success as a self-employed singer in a dizzyingly competitive industry; on April 1st and 3rd, Mr. Spyres leads the Springfield Regional Opera as the artistic director in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The lecture is open to the public. Students in vocal performance and in arts administration are especially encouraged to attend.


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