Thursday, May 19, 2016
7:45-8:15am Continental Breakfast
President and CEO,
The Music Center in Los Angeles
The Artist’s Compass:
The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts
500 South Figueroa Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90071
$20 General Admission
$40 Includes Rachel Moore’s book
Rachel S. Moore is the President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles, the 3rd largest performing arts center in the United States. She was a former dancer with the American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Executive Director of ABT from 2004-2012, and CEO of ABT until 2015. The Music Center includes Walt Disney Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theater and is the home to resident companies the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Center Theatre Group, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. At the Music Center, she is responsible for all dance programming, programming in the newly opened Grand Park, and education programming.
In The Artist’s Compass, she describes her path to becoming an artist, from artist to CEO, and offers a road map for other artists seeking a successful, sustainable, lifelong career. Her book is part memoir, part real world guide as she shares insights into the world of performance artists—dancers, singers, musicians, and actors—and offers strategies for success in a tough, competitive world.
Moore, a dancer from Davis, California, was invited to join the American Ballet Theater at the age of seventeen. After completing high school at eighteen, she became a professional dancer for six years before injury brought her dancing career to a premature halt. With a BA from Brown University and a master’s degree in arts administration from Columbia University, Moore reentered the world of performing arts in a series of executive positions. Many artists focus on their craft and ignore the business element of their career; Moore explains that this mistake is costly. The performing arts world is increasingly focused on business and in order to thrive, or even survive, artists must become knowledgeable about their goals, the industry, branding themselves, establishing a network, and communicating effectively.