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School of Music

Spark: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory


Wherever a career path ultimately leads, we are committed to helping students develop skills and experiences that position them for maximum professional success.

Complimenting our degree programs that cultivate outstanding performers, composers and educators, Spark’s career initiatives prepare students for a number of career models including music and arts-related jobs, freelance, business leader, nonarts career paths and multiple stream careers.

We offer

Career counseling
Individual and small group career counseling is available through the USC Career Center and Spark.

Gig Office
Leads for professional working opportunities for student soloists and ensembles are provided through the gig office.

Meaningful internships are coordinated with arts-based businesses.

Job listings
Students have access to "Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection," detailing 3,000 professional opportunities in music and arts administration each year.

Library collection
The Spark library collection features numerous titles related to careers in and out of music.

Mock interviews
Mock interviews may be set up at the USC Career Center.

Spark Topic Weeks
Each semester, Spark schedules a week focused on a relevant topic packed with workshops, consultations and more. Past events have addressed professional portfolios, careers in music, physical/financial wellness and musicians as educators.

Photo Sessions
Promotional photo sessions are offered at highly subsidized rates.

Professional portfolios
Several studios require members to compile professional portfolios before graduation.

Tip sheets and videos
Get tips on career decisions, resumes, interviewing, job searches and more.

Discussions over Dinner
Attendees interact with faculty, alumni and guest presenters addressing a variety of topics such as branding, performance anxiety and improvisation.

Resume/CV/Cover Letter/Website Coaching
Free consultations available for addressing a variety of promotional materials.