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Happy News!

It’s with great joy (and more than a little relief) that I announce that I’ve been awarded Tenure at The University of Colorado-Boulder. I’m honored by the confidence my institution has shown me by conveying this milestone, and I’m gratified that seven years of hard work has paid off. I’m also extremely proud to be […]

Colorado Arts Advocacy Day Address – March 2, 2016

Colorado Arts Advocacy Day Address “Money and the Muses: The Economic Impact of the Arts” Jeffrey Nytch, DMA Asst. Professor & Director of The Entrepreneurship Center for Music University of Colorado-­Boulder March 2, 2016 Many thanks to Arts for Colorado for their kind invitation to speak with you today, and thanks to all of you […]

In the midst of loss, we remember the power of music

We’ve had two big losses in the music world this week. First was news of the passing of Gunther Schuller, a giant of American music and a teacher/mentor to so many. And then, this morning, we learned that film score great James Horner was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed. I was already […]

When life gives you lemons, make…beer?!?

I read with great interest this recent article in my local paper, Boulder’s Daily Camera, about some changes coming to a nearby brewery. (You can read the article here: Time and time again I am struck by how successful entrepreneurs have a way of not just enduring the inevitable challenges of starting and sustaining […]

Concert Music and the Importance of Storytelling

I read with great interest – and, frankly, great irritation – the article on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog about a young Estonian composer whose work was cancelled by the New York Youth Symphony because it quotes a Nazi hymn. (You can read the article here: While I can think of many different ways the […]

Colorado Symphony to Program Symphony No. 1: Formations next season!

I’m so pleased to announce that the Colorado Symphony will feature my Symphony No. 1: Formations on their “side by side” concert with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, next Feb. 6 at Boetcher Concert Hall and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. This will be a massive orchestra and should […]

“Entrepreneurship Porn” is now moving into the arts

Because I delight in irony, I thought I’d post this blog on Valentine’s Day and in conjunction with the premiere weekend of the much-hyped “50 Shades of Grey” (a movie I don’t plan on seeing, by the way). I recently came across an article (now about a year old) entitled “The Dangerous Rise of Entrepreneurship […]

When good business enhances good art

One of the attitudes pervading the fine arts is that “good business” and “good art” are fundamentally opposing forces, and that it is impossible to have it both ways: good art will never be economical, and good business will always seek to undercut, cheapen, sell out, and dumb down the art. While there are certainly […]

A journey to Jeffrey Nytch’s ‘Formations’ Symphony

From Colorado Public Radio, 1/18/15 For audio selections, visit the CPR blog Most contemporary composers rarely hear their music performed live and often have no control over how it’s presented in concert. Composer & Curator asks an artist to design a dream program around a piece they’ve written and explain their selections. Composer Jeffrey Nytch […]

Writing words vs. writing music…

I’ve begun working on a book about arts entrepreneurship. And as I proceed with what’s called the “proposal” (essentially a highly boiled-down version of each chapter) I’m beginning to notice some fascinating similarities and contrasts between writing words and writing music. Here are some, in no particular order: • I find the initial act – […]

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