Executive program: fundraising for the performing arts
11 September 2015

onceived and organized by Accademia Teatro alla Scala in collaboration with the MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business and the Piccolo Teatro di Milano–Teatro d’Europa, the Master in Performing Arts Management promotes stage arts as a fundamental social, political and economic asset, and live performances as a means for conserving and passing on to future generations a people’s cultural heritage and identity.

The course is completed with an internship at an internationally acclaimed performance institute.


Global network

The partnership between Accademia Teatro alla Scala, MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business and Piccolo Teatro di Milano provides students with the benefit of a solid and extensive international network of theatres, festivals and performing arts institutions. With guest speakers and experts from internationally renowned institutions, the master’s program offers the opportunity to learn the peculiarities of the performing arts sector on a global level through lectures, seminars and talks. Our faculty features preeminent professionals from the Opera Europa Bruxelles, Metropolitan Opera House, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Opera House Muscat, BBC Arts Online, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, English National Opera, Opéra de Rennes, Berliner Philharmoniker, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Casa da Música (Porto), Gran Teatre del Liceu, DeVos Institute of Arts Management, WolfBrown, Warner Classics (Paris), Opéra national de Lyon, Ping Pong Production (Beijin), Brooklyn Academy of Music.


Economics and culture are complementary in the performing arts. The primary aim of the master’s program is to forge fully rounded professionals with both managerial and artistic skills.


The Accademia Teatro alla Scala has developed an educational methodology of the highest standard. Students are offered the exclusive and unique chance to fully “live” the experience of the Teatro alla Scala, working and learning in close contact with the Theatre’s top executive professionals.


The Master’s staff provides continuous guidance and orientation to students along their educational path and in their entry to the professional world.

Learn by doing

Our method gives priority to direct contact with the professional world. Internships at acclaimed Italian and foreign institutions are key features of our program. In particular, students are guest at Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera New York, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Opera-Europa Bruxelles, Teatro Real, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, London Symphony Orchestra, Fondazione Cariplo, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbona, Assessorato alla Cultura Comune di Milano, Auditori de Barcelona, As.Li.Co, Ravello Festival, Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Fondazione Nazionale della Danza-Aterballetto, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Fondazione Antonio Carlo Monzino, Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro Lirico Sperimentale Adriano Belli di Spoleto and many others.

Detail 2019

Prograam goals
  • To acquire a global vision of the international cultural sector, with a special focus on European, North American and emerging markets;
  • To recognize the relevance of public cultural policies at the local and international level and the social impact of the performing arts;
  • 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 the city of Milan;
  • To learn by doing with field projects and internships at acclaimed Italian and international institutions.
Program modules
  • Cultural policies, community engagement and education
  • Theatre as production models
  • Festival as production models
  • Economic sustainability and performance management
  • Human resources and corporate organization
  • Performing arts marketing
  • Filed project (Piccolo Teatro)
  • Fundraising for the performing arts
  • Communication
  • Negotiation skills
  • Management and innovation for the performing arts
  • International legal and regulatory framework
  • Emerging markets
  • Arts and crafts in the performing arts
  • Supply chain management for the performing arts
  • Artistic administration intensive
  • Dance management intensive
  • Team building
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 general knowledge of international cultural policies and develop their management and organizational skills; Candidates without a formal degree who have a minimum of 3 to 5 years working experience in any field and wish to pursue a career change. General knowledge of the nonprofit sector would be advantageous.
18 months: January 2019 – June 2020
January 2019 – June 2019: Intensive coursework | Attendance: 5 days per week, Monday through Friday, 6 hours a day; June 2019 – June 2020: 3 to 6-month internship in a qualified performing arts institution in Italy or abroad; June 2020: Project Work presentation; June 2020: Graduation
Accademia Teatro alla Scala | MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business | Piccolo Teatro di Milano.
Language of instruction
English (upper intermediate level or above). A fair knowledge of Italian is required. For admitted candidates only: English and Italian preparatory courses will be available on request.
Application deadline

Deadline for applications: November 30, 2018 for EU Citizens. Deadline for non-EU Citizens is October 30, 2018.

Enrolment is rolling based and until full capacity.

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Two half scholarships supported by Fondazione Spina

Deadline for application: July 2, 2018.

For info please write to Miss Valeria Marta to marta@mip.polimi.it


Five stipends for 6 months ( = € 900/month from January to June) supporting the cost of living, sponsored by the Italian Foreign Ministry

Deadline for application: September 30th, 2018

Requirement: Personal statement (max 800 words) explaining why you want to study in Italy at Accademia Teatro alla Scala Please note that one stipend will be reserved for candidates coming from the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Please send your request of scholarship to Miss Dalila Gomaraschi at gomaraschi@accademialascala.it (email subject line: Scholarship-MAECI).


1 full scholarship supported by National Italian American Foundation

Requirement: Italian and American heritage

Deadline for application: October 30th, 2018

Please send your request of scholarship to Miss Dalila Gomaraschi at gomaraschi@accademialascala.it (email subject line: Scholarship-NIAF).

NOTE: the scholarships cannot be combined

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