In 2001 – Stephanie Cooper founded The Development Section, an arts advisory service providing guidance in strategic planning, media relations and professional and business development for arts organizations, individual artists in all disciplines, producers, filmmakers and entrepreneurs. The Development Section extends Ms. Cooper’s previous work at Cooper-Grant, Inc., the public and media relations company she formed and led for ten years prior to her law career.

As an arts/media specialist, Ms. Cooper directed the North American publication of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians for Macmillan Publishers Ltd. of London, who credited her with lifting U.S. sales of The Dictionary to No. 1 worldwide. She served as National Press Director for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where she produced the Festival’s celebrated Critics and Composers Symposia, which aired nationwide on NPR thanks to her efforts. She has also secured national press placements on NBC’s Today Show, CBS News’ Sunday Morning and The Early Show, PBS’ Dick Cavett Show, NPR and the Associated Press for the artists and institutions on her roster. Breaking previous fundraising records, Ms. Cooper produced, directed, wrote and cast the sold-out Dalton School 75th Anniversary Benefit in Avery Fisher Hall with Tom Brokaw, Marian Seldes, Helen Frankenthaler, Misha and Cipa Dichter, Eugenia Zukerman and Andrew Asnes.

Clients of the Development Section have ranged from Macmillan London to the Lehman College Center for the Performing Arts and Young Concert Artists, Inc. and from such notable performing artists as the Juilliard String Quartet, Eugenia Zukerman, Charles Rosen, Christopher O’Reilly and Leonid Koslov and Valentina Koslova (beginning with their defection from the Soviet Union during a Bolshoi Ballet tour.) Most recently, Ms. Cooper has also been teaching and counseling young artists and artistic entrepreneurs in the legal and business principles necessary to establish themselves in successful careers.

The Development Section provides innovative corporate and individual counseling in:

  • Artistic, professional and institutional development
  • Media strategy
  • Personal representation
  • Contract negotiation for artistic engagements, publishing ventures and recordings
  • Event production
  • Press and public relations in connection with concerts, theatrical productions, symposia, special events and cultural and educational special projects