Matt maintains an arts consulting practice with an emphasis on project curation and institutional resource development for nonprofit music organizations and individual artists working in the musical arts.
His consulting work is rooted in developing bold conceptual frameworks for programs that both engage the public and attract a wide swath of support. He integrates long-term planning and knowledge of national funding trends with a real-world understanding of the priorities and operations of individual foundations and government agencies.
Matt currently works as a consultant for the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts, providing free guidance in career, project, and resource development to professional artists from all disciplines residing in Greater Philadelphia. He has served as a speaker, and now serves as a mentor for the Curtis Institute of Music’s Community Artist Program, which provides gifted students with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills. Other current clients include Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia’s premiere jazz presenter, and SRUTI, The India Music & Dance Society.
Matt’s work as director of the PRISM Quartet includes curating, producing, promoting, and developing support for its award-winning concert series, educational and commissioning programs, and commercial recordings. Projects that Matt has curated and implemented for PRISM include Color Theory, Heritage/Evolution, and Antiphony.
From 2000–2011, Matt directed the Philadelphia Music Project (PMP), a grant-making and professional development program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage that fostered artistic excellence and innovation in Greater Philadelphia’s nonprofit music community. At PMP (which was discontinued with the creation of the Pew Center’s Performance Program in 2013), Matt convened panels of nationally recognized musicians, composers, scholars, and presenters to adjudicate proposals from organizations seeking support for adventurous public programming. In addition, he edited PMP’s annual magazine; curated dozens of seminars, symposia, book lectures, and field trips; and engaged leading consulting firms to provide guidance to constituents in strategic planning, public relations, marketing, and board and resource development.
Matt also speaks regularly about issues relevant to the field, and recently curated/moderated a panel discussion titled “Forging a Unique Identity in a Crowded Field” for Chamber Music America’s national conference.
Matt brings a wealth of experience on both sides of the funding paradigm to his consulting work. For additional information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Matt here.