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The Jacobs School is grateful for support and assistance from The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kelley School of Business.

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Project Jumpstart

Project Jumpstart empowers, facilitates, and supports entrepreneurial, innovative thought and action among Jacobs School of Music students as they prepare for a meaningful life in the arts.

We strive to be a leading catalyst of entrepreneurial, innovative action through presentations, workshops, discussions, networking events, conferences and publications. Central to these initiatives are partnerships with student groups and ensembles, Jacobs School departments, the IU Bloomington community, as well as organizations and creative individuals in the City of Bloomington and beyond.

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John Clayton

Project Jumpstart recently sat down with jazz bassist and IU alumnus John Clayton to discuss his time at IU, his career and how its many facets have changed over time, and his advice to musicians in today’s musical climate. The artist is a natural born multitasker. 

As a composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and yes, extraordinary bassist, he constantly pursues a number of challenging assignments and commissions. With a Grammy on his shelf and eight additional nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour vie for a spot on his crowded calendar.

Read the interview with John Clayton >

2017 Innovation Competition Winners!

This year's Innovation Competition was nothing short of spectacular. We were absolutely blown away by the entreprenurial thinking of the contestants. A special congratulations to our winners, Erik Franklin and Kylie Stultz Dessent and their project "The Indiana Clarinet Experience" and runner-up, June Lee and his project "Transcribe and Tell". To learn more about their projects as well as the projects of the other contestants, check out our press release! Also, none of this would have been possible without the help of our extrordinary judging panel- Dr. Donald Kuratko, Greg Sandow, Melissa Dickson, Stephen Johnson, Lynn Coyne, and Monika Herzig.