Executive program: fundraising for the performing arts

Global network

Thanks to international lecturers and experts from renowned cultural institutions, our students have the opportunity to learn the specificities of the Performing Arts sector on a global level.

Guaranteed Internship Experience

Students have the chance to intern 3 to 6 months into some of the most renowned cultural institutions of the world.

Professional development

Students are constantly supervised and oriented by professional tutors during the coursework and the internships.

Learning by doing

Theoretical and practical lectures in which the students exercise on history cases, best practices and role plays.


More than the 80% of the 2017-2018 students is employed in the performing arts field within 6 months from the graduation.

Teatro alla Scala and Milan

Throughout our network of cultural institutions, students have the unique opportunity to live the cultural offer of Milan and to experience the strong bond with La Scala, taking part into a cultural institution known worldwide.

EDITION 2020-22

Candidate profile
Candidates with a B.A. or equivalent who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts or cultural sector
Candidates with formal music, arts or dance education who wish to acquire managerial and organizational skills
Candidates without a formal degree who have a minimum of 3 years of working experience in any field and wish to pursue a career change. General knowledge of the non-profit sector would be advantageous
The age limit for admission to the Master is 35 years old.
Main goals
To acquire a global vision of the international cultural sector, with a special focus on Europe, North America and emerging markets.
To recognize the relevance of public cultural policies at the local and international level.
To understand the economics, regulation and organization of the performing arts industry.
To study the impact of new technologies on the performing arts.
To learn how to use marketing, project management and fundraising tools.
To live the uniqueness of Italian cultural traditions and the extraordinary experience of Teatro alla Scala and of the city of Milan.
To learn by doing with field projects and internships at acclaimed Italian and international institutions.
Areas of interest and curriculum
Economics & Management
- Economic sustainability and performance management
- Management and innovation for the performing arts
- Human resources and corporate organizations
Production - Theatre as production model
- Festivals as production models
- Tour management intensive
- Orchestra management intensive
- Dance management intensive
- Supply chain management for the performing arts
-Marketing & Communication
- Performing arts marketing
- Communication for the performing arts - Field project in collaboration with Piccolo Teatro
- Development - Fundraising and sponsoring for the performing arts
- Present & future perspectives - Cultural policies, community engagement and education
- Focus on the US
- Emerging markets
- Administration
Law and performing arts - Artistic administration intensive
- History of Performing Arts - History of music
- History of dance
- Professional Growth - Team building and negotiation skills - Arts and crafts in the performing arts
Accademia Teatro alla Scala | MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business | Piccolo Teatro di Milano.
20 months, from November 2020 to June 2022
Coursework: full time
JUNE 2021
3-to 6 months of internship program in Italy or abroad (from June 2021 to June 2022, in different frames of time)
Final project work: a practice oriented project or an academic project
JUNE 2022
Final project defense
Accademia Teatro alla Scala | MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business | Piccolo Teatro di Milano
Teaching language
About the 80% of the Master will be leaded in English; the remaining 20% will be leaded in Italian.
English required (upper intermediate or above)
A fair knowledge of Italian is also required.
Lectures in Italian will be translated by a professional interpreter
English and Italian preparatory courses will be available on request (not included in the tuition fee)

Application deadline
EU citizens: September 28, 2020
Non-EU citizens: September 15, 2020
Please note that enrolment is accepted on a rolling basis through a selection process planned, until full capacity of the class.
Selection rounds
20 February 2020
24 March 2020
21 April 2020
25 May 2020
17 June 2020
20 July 2020
14 September 2020
7 October 2020

(*) In order to be interviewed in the dates indicated above, you must
submit your application at least ten days before. For more details, please contact: master.mpam@mip.polimi.it
(**) Due to the large number of candidates, early applications are strongly encouraged.
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Internship programs
For 2020/2022 MPAM candidates, Accademia offers 1 scholarship for Italian students only, 8.750 € (gross) to cover third and fourth installments. FIND OUT MORE
9 stipends for six months for international students only.
Please note that aplicants must be already enrolled at MPAM.
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1 scholarship for Italian students only, to cover 3th and 4th installments. Find out more

3 scholarships to promote the participation of 3 candidates, 1 Italian and 2 EU or non-EU citizens (non Italian). Find out more
How to apply
Deadline for Extra UE Citizens: 15 Sept. 2020Application form not available at the moment
Deadline for UE Citizens: 28 Sept. 2020Application form not available at the moment