…and welcome to Createquity, hosted by your friendly first-year MBA student, Ian Moss. The purpose of this blog is to shed light on some management issues in the arts (i.e., economics, marketing conundrums, societal impact, etc.) with a special focus on philanthropy. My background is in the performing arts, specifically music, so a lot of what I write will be coming from that perspective. I’ll also give a running commentary on my education and experiences at the Yale School of Management, tying what I learn to the subject of this blog whenever possible.

By way of introduction, I am a composer and singer who took a circuitous path to my current field—I was a computer geek for the first 17 years of my life before I discovered music. (OK, technically I was only a computer geek from about age 7 onward, but it feels like I had the bug at birth.) Since then, I’ve written two “rock symphonies” for senior projects in high school and college, founded a collaborative chorus called C4 and an electric chamber ensemble in which I sang through a guitar effects processor, and worked in fundraising for several arts organizations, most recently the American Music Center. I’m now at SOM trying to understand how everything I’ve been doing for the past 10 years fits in to a broader social and practical context. Won’t you help me along the way by commenting on my posts and writing me fascinating and/or witty emails? I can be reached at ian.moss@yale.edu. Look forward to hearing from you.