Q provides à la carte music and arts management consultancy.
Through affordable and clairvoyant consultancy, arts initiatives will create more value for larger communities, artists will continue to advance and evolve their professional objectives, and organizations will continue to increase the impact of their mission.
Nicholas Patrick Quigley is an entrepreneurial musician, educator, and arts administrator based in Boston, Massachusetts. As an entrepreneur, Quigley has designed multiple business plans and served on several start-up teams in the music industry, and now seeks to help others unlock their creative potential and connect with audiences. Through Q, he has served in various capacities in arts organizations of all sizes in the Boston area, including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Metropolitan Chorale, and Refugee Orchestra Project. His work has provided experience in all areas of arts administration, including education and community outreach, development and communications, marketing, and artistic administration and production.
Quigley also specializes in consultancy with individual artists and ensembles. As founder and violist of the Lowell String Quartet, he pioneered education and outreach initiatives that connected live music with over 2,500 public school students, and provided free open rehearsals and performances in the parks of Lowell, Massachusetts. Furthermore, he has released a full length album of original compositions and songs through Q, along with a single and music video. This work has enabled him to help other artists achieve substantial goals and bring creative projects to life, with recent clients including Jon Kohen, Meg Ruby, and Derek J. Weagle. As of fall, 2017, Quigley is primarily working with the authors of Performance Anxiety Strategies to develop online resources related to their book.
In addition to his work with individuals and institutions, he has also served as a consultant to project-based teams, facilitating the production of music education initiatives such as Making Music Count and NIME6. Quigley’s work with educational productions has not only influenced his abilities as a consultant, but also his praxis as a music educator and researcher. He has taught students of all levels in settings including UMass Lowell String Project, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, his research interests include lifelong learning, D.I.Y. music cultures, and critical pedagogy in music education, and his field work continues to directly influence his philosophy and pedagogy as an educator and creative resource. His writing on such topics can be found in Boston University’s online magazine for the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, Culture Shock.