Arts Leadership


Arts Leadership is a unique, innovative graduate program for artists, arts administrators and cultural entrepreneurs who want to expand their personal vision and create a thriving career in the nonprofit arts. Graduates of the program have gone on to create and lead their own cutting-edge ensembles, programs and creative organizations.

While the program is administered by the USC Thornton School of Music, Arts Leadership is a multi-disciplinary initiative in collaboration with the USC Price School of Public Policy. The program’s degree tracks are relevant to both early and mid-career individuals engaged in the arts, offering an equal emphases on theory and practice. And close mentorship from Arts Leadership faculty, as well guidance from working professionals in the field, are hallmarks of the program’s innovative curriculum.

The Arts Leadership program’s greatest asset is the vibrant cultural environment of Los Angeles, a creative capital for the 21st Century.



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Thornton faculty member Dana Gioia defends the NEA in LA Times Op-Ed

February 28, 2017

California Poet Laureate and USC Thornton Arts Leadership faculty member Dana Gioia outlined the remarkable successes of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and challenged arguments to defund the organization in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed. Gioia, who was twice unanimously confirmed by the Senate to lead the… read more

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