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Our Story

The BMP: Producer Academy was born out of a need to nurture, develop, and support rising Producers and Arts Administrators in the live performance industry. The next generation of Producers must be flexible, agile, resourceful, and ready to act as a support system for an entire production at a moment’s notice. BMP wants to be a part of that journey.

Growing from BMP’s mission of cultivating the next generation of artists and arts administrators, Producer’s Academy was introduced at the height of the pandemic with the purpose of identifying and mentoring the next generation of creative producers and administrators, and has served over 900 students in 17 different countries in its first season.

BMP has been awarded a $485,000 grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of the BMP: Producer Academy.

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Curriculum

Have you ever wondered what goes into producing new works? Learn the tricks of the trade from the experts at BMP: Producer Academy. The Academy will demystify the production process. From having a great idea to opening night to touring and more, we’ll help you form concrete skills to develop and produce new performance works.

This 9-week course provides opportunities for:

• Learning how to navigate the entire production process from conception to closing night
• Budgeting and building effective templates
• Fundraising planning and execution
• Learning production vocabulary and definitions
• One-on-one mentoring
• Interfacing with professional producers and presenters in the industry
• Feedback on pitch materials and projects by high level industry presenters

In addition to free admission for 25 students, there will be three Fellowships for alumni that extend learning for the fellows through a year of practical training and mentorship fully funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Faculty

Learn from the best in the business! BMP faculty includes Beth Morrison, Jecca Barry, Roderick Murray, and other leading colleagues in the Opera and performance industry.

Beth Morrison Projects is one of the foremost creators and producers of new opera-theatre and music theatre, with a fierce commitment to leading the industry into the future, cultivating a new generation of talent, and telling the stories of our time.

Founded by “contemporary opera mastermind” (LA Times) Beth Morrison, who was honored as one of Musical America’s Artists of the Year/Agents of Change in 2020, BMP has grown into “a driving force behind America’s thriving opera scene” (Financial Times), with Opera News declaring that the company, “more than any other… has helped propel the art form into the twenty-first century.”

Operating across the US and internationally, with offices in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, BMP’s unique model offers living composers the support, guidance, and freedom to experiment, allowing them to create singularly innovative and impactful projects. Since forming in 2006, the company has commissioned, developed, produced and toured over 50 works in 14 countries around the world, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning chamber operas Angel’s Bone and p r i s m.

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JOIN THE PRODUCER ACADEMY

Looking to brush up on some old skills, learn some new ones, and join a community of like-minded go getters? Whether you are experienced in the field or just getting started, we’ll help you build the skills to take your producing work to the next level.

25 applicants will be selected to join the academy on scholarships to be fully-funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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