Business of Music Weekend

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Dr. Ursula M. Kuhar is a lecturer in the Arts Administration Program at the IU School of Public and Environment Affairs (SPEA) and the director of SPEA in Israel, the school’s study abroad program in the Middle East. Previously, she was the executive director of the Washington Concert Opera and director and assistant professor of Arts Management at Sweet Briar College.

Kuhar has previously held positions in the higher education and nonprofit sectors at SPEA and at IU’s Office of Diversity, Equality, and Multicultural Affairs, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and Community Hospital Foundation of Indianapolis. A music educator and mezzo-soprano, she has worked in the classroom as an instructor and teaching artist with students of all ages, gives regular master classes and workshops at colleges around the country, has performed professionally throughout the U.S., South America, and Europe, and is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist.

She has published and presented on arts policy and leadership, opera management, curriculum design and implementation, labor relations in the arts, Leonard Bernstein, and arts entrepreneurship and career development. Most recently, she co-chaired the inaugural Indiana Arts State Conference and received the 2018 SPEA Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Committed to service, Kuhar is a reviewer for The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, serves on the board of directors of the Jacobs School of Music Alumni Association, and is an active member of Americans for the Arts, Association of Arts Administration Educators, and National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Kuhar holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Arts Administration and a Master’s in Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, from Butler University; and a Doctor of Music in Voice from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Stephanie Cooper has nearly thirty years’ experience in the practice of civil litigation and transactional law. She concentrates her work in contract law with emphases on the fine and performing arts, entertainment and intellectual property law, domestic relations and employment matters. With a distinguished track record in state and federal motion and appellate practice Ms. Cooper has argued before the New York state and federal trial and appellate courts, has arbitrated matters before the American Arbitration Association and is a certified mediator. She prides herself on the presentation of elegant and persuasive written and oral legal argument. She is admitted to practice before the New York and Connecticut Bars.

Ms. Cooper focuses on transactional work in the arts, including theater, television, fine art and classical music. She drafts and negotiates agreements in many disciplines and has formed entertainment entities, art galleries and conventional commercial business organizations. Her practice also involves counseling clients on intellectual property issues in the areas of copyright and trademark.

After graduate study in music at Sarah Lawrence College and a national career as a concert pianist, chamber musician and teacher, Ms. Cooper spent a decade in public relations and press representation for arts institutions and performing artists at Cooper-Grant, Inc., where, inter alia, she directed the North American publication of Macmillan’s epoch-making, 20-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and served as national press representative for The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. These business experiences led her to the study and practice of law. When she founded her law firm in 2001, she also established The Development Section, an arts advisory service providing guidance in strategic planning, media relations and professional and business development to arts organizations, individual artists, producers, filmmakers and entrepreneurs.