With the effectiveness of school systems to prepare youth for 21st-century academic and career opportunities coming increasingly under scrutiny, youth who demonstrate a keen ability to learn new skills, adapt to new situations, and envision emerging career possibilities seem best poised to succeed in the digital age. In this landscape, entrepreneurship, or the capacity of individuals to undertake and execute an independent creative business venture, is increasingly regarded as a necessary skill for today’s youth, regardless of whether they want to start a tech firm, form an ensemble, or run a private studio. This entry explores the history and current exemplars of successful entrepreneurship within the context of music, arguably one of youths’ most pervasive passions. By presenting various forms of entrepreneurship as well ...

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