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AMVA Mentorship Program
If you are an early-career musician, administrator, organizer, creative, creator and/or a student living in the United States who identifies as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander and is interested in gaining knowledge, skills, and confidence in leadership, arts administration, or skills to successfully develop your own creative projects, the AMVA Mentorship Program offers an amazing opportunity to receive one-to-one coaching sessions with movers and shakers in the arts and classical music fields. The topics covered will be left open to the participant to decide and can include questions about fundraising, resumes, job applications, career goals, resources, and more.
Our coaches for the inaugural AMVA Mentorship Program are Emily Master and Michael Sakamoto. Read more about their work below.
The program will take place in May and June 2022 and each mentee will have two 30 minute one-to-one sessions with a mentor.
If you are interested in participating in the program, please fill out this short application form.
(PAST) DEADLINE: Friday, April 22, 2022, 11:59 PM EST
Emily Liao Master
Emily Liao Master seeks to disrupt the status quo by helping people and organizations to see, think, and act differently—with attention to equity, access, and inclusion. For many years, her professional home was the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). In addition to roles in the marketing, artistic planning, and audience development departments, Emily served as a trusted advisory, strategic partner, and team builder to Music Director Riccardo Muti, representing him in North America and all institutional planning, artistic and orchestral operations, and stakeholder and community engagements, both locally and abroad.
Since 2010, she has helped the MacArthur Foundation’s Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts through Prince Charitable Trusts and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation to distribute almost $30 million. She recently concluded service on the inaugural grant committee of Chicago’s Cultural Treasures, a four-year initiative distributing nearly $14 million to support Chicago’s BIPOC-led and -focused arts and culture organizations.
Emily maintains her involvement with Princeton as co-chair of Princeton Alumni Schools Committee Chicago-Western suburbs, a 21-year interviewer of prospective students, Princeton University Mentoring Program mentor, and a Princeton Internships in Civic Service mentor and interviewer. She has also served as a mentor for Northwestern’s M.S. in Management Science program. She is an organizer of Asian Musical Voices of America and is active with Women of Color in the Arts, Women of Color in Philanthropy, Arts and Business Council of Chicago, and Association of Fundraising Professionals.