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.

BMP: Producer Academy identifies and mentors the next generation of creative producers and administrators, and has served over 1,100 students in 17 different countries in its first two seasons.

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



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.

The 8-week course will be online and starts September 25 and ends November 16. Each week will require attendance at a lecture and Q&A session on Tuesday & Thursday (up to 3 hours; subject to change), with additional early evening happy hours and networking sessions over the course of the 8 weeks. There will be 3-5 homework assignments that will each require 2-4 hours and need to be submitted in a timely fashion. Additional mentorship sessions will be scheduled after the 8-week program.

This 8-week course includes:
• Instruction from industry experts in budget development, fundraising planning & execution, how to tour a show, pitching work to presenters, and production vocabulary & definitions;
• One-on-one mentoring with experienced creative producers;
• Networking opportunities with professional producers and presenters in the industry;
• Feedback on pitch materials and projects by high level industry presenters.

In addition to the Academy course, 2 BMP Fellowships will be created for 2024 that will be open to any individual who completes an 8-week session of BMP: Producer Academy.

The 1-year, salaried Fellowships ($50,000 plus health insurance) will fill the role of an Associate Producer, assisting in the areas of:

• Development;
• Producing and touring;
• Fundraising;
• General management;
• Production.

At the conclusion of the 1-year fellowship, BMP is committed to helping the Fellow find sustained, gainful employment in producing for the performing arts. The Fellows will be selected through a separate application and interview process with qualified alumni.

BMP faculty includes Beth Morrison, Sam Linden, Victoria Voketaitis, Kendra Weineke, Roderick Murray, Liz Uchtman, Carlos Diaz Stoop, and other leading colleagues in the Opera and performance industry.

For questions about BMP: Producer Academy please contact us at [email protected].


Meet the 2023 Participants

25 participants have been selected from nearly 250 applicants to join this program, with full-scholarships funded by the Mellon Foundation, which awarded a $485,000 grant to support the development of the BMP: Producer Academy for the next three years. BMP’s mission is to assemble a multifaceted cohort of producers with not only artistic and producing aspirations but larger goals to impact the performing arts field as a whole. As part of this year’s selection process, BMP introduced an external panel of artists, producers, and other industry experts who reviewed anonymized applications to narrow down to the 25 chosen participants. The field of applicants was highly impressive and competitive, and ultimately demonstrates an enormous desire and need for the kind of nuts and bolts training that BMP: Producer Academy provides.

“Supporting and cultivating the next generation of talent, and by extension helping shape and shift the future of the performing arts industry, is at the forefront of BMP’s mission. We aim to create an industry that is more artist-centric, innovative, and socially relevant; and we see this cohort of 25 diverse and talented individuals as the movers and shakers that will bring this change. We are deeply honored for BMP to be part of their creative journey.” – Sam Linden

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