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And be sure to browse the excellent career advice offered by legendary Artist Manager Edna Landau in her Ask Edna blog and the entertainment law experts in their Law and Disorder blog.

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Musical America routinely updates the list of scholarships and grants in an effort to keep current and ensure opportunities for musicians. If you know of a scholarship or grant not mentioned in our lists, please send us a message.
INDUSTRY EVENTS AND CONFERENCES
Trade shows, seminars, events and conferences about the business of the performing arts
June 3-8, 2024 Los Angeles, CA Opera America
June 6-8, 2024 Atlanta, GA Chorus America Conference
June 16-19, 2024 Orlando, FL American Harp Society Conference
June 17-22, 2024 Fullerton, CA Guitar Foundation of America Convention
June 20-22, 2024 Chicago, IL Theatre Communications Group National Conference
June 28 - July 2, 2024 Knoxville, TN National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference
June 30 - July 4, 2024 San Francisco, CA American Guild of Organists
July 21-25, 2024 Flagstaff, AZ International Double Reed Society Annual Conference
July 31 - August 4, 2024 Dublin, Ireland ClarinetFest Conference 2024
August 1-4, 2024 San Antonio, TX National Flute Association Conference
October 17-26, 2024 Virtual Society for Ethnomusicology Conference
November 7-9, 2024 Washington, DC College Music Society National Conference
November 7-10, 2024 Jacksonville, FL Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting
November 11-16, 2024 Montréal, QC CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) 
November 14-17, 2024 Chicago, IL American Musicological Society Annual Conference
November 22-26, 2024 Chicago, IL National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting
February 26 - March 2, 2025 Chattanooga, TN American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 5-8, 2025 Columbus, OH US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference
March 15-19, 2025 Minneapolis, MN Music Teachers National Association National Conference
May 19-23, 2025 New Orleans, LA Acoustical Society of America 188th Meeting
June 17-20, 2025 Chicago, IL Dance/USA Annual Conference
August 7-10, 2025 Atlanta, GA National Flute Association Conference
October 23-26, 2025 Atlanta, GA Society for Ethnomusicology Conference
October 30 - November 1, 2025 Spokane, WA College Music Society National Conference
November 4-9, 2025 Minneapolis, MN American Musicological Society Annual Conference
November 6-9, 2025 Minneapolis, MN Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting
March 18-21, 2026 Long Beach, CA US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference

Ask Edna
Edna Landau’s blog
Edna LandauEdna Landau—doyenne of the music business, long-time managing director of IMG Artists and director of career development at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles—writes Ask Edna exclusively for MusicalAmerica.com to provide invaluable advice to music students and young professional artists. Read more about Edna’s impact on the performing arts.

Send your questions to Edna Landau at AskEdna@MusicalAmerica.com and she’ll answer through Ask Edna. Click the links below to read Edna’s recent columns on the critical aspects of launching and managing and professional music career.

Arts Administration

Career Etiquette

Communicating with Your Audience

Finding a Manager

For Chamber Music Ensembles

Listening to Your Inner Voice

Managing Your Own Career

Publicity and Promotion

The Orchestral World

When It Comes to Recording

During Edna’s 23 years as managing director of IMG Artists, she personally looked after the career of violinist, Itzhak Perlman and launched the careers of musicians such as pianists Evgeny Kissin and Lang Lang, violinist Hilary Hahn, and conductors Franz Welser-Mõst and Alan Gilbert.

Edna believes young musicians can grow their own careers, with “hard work, blind faith, passion for the cause, incessant networking and a vision that refuse[s] to be tarnished by naysayers.”


People in the News

Gary Ginstling Exits NY Philharmonic

July 11, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
One year into his tenure as president and CEO of the New York Phiharmonic, Gary Ginstling has tendered his resignation. “The New York Philharmonic is an extraordinary institution, and it has been an honor to be a part of it," reads his … »Read
 

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New Deans and a New School

July 12, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Thomas Kernan, associate professor of music history and associate dean of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, is to be the inaugural assistant dean of artistic operations for Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. … »Read
 

People in the News

Welsh NO Taps 2 Fresh Faces as Leaders

July 12, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Welsh National Opera has appointed two women to share its top leadership role, one that has been filled by one man. Perhaps their relative youth makes them more affordable or willing; WNO is   facing major funding cuts and a looming strike … »Read
 

Industry News

Surprise! Arts Majors Have the Poorest Job Prospects

July 12, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (NYFED) uncovered alarming news for college students majoring in art history, visual and performing arts, and graphic design. Their employment prospects are bleaker than those of any other student … »Read
 

Industry News

Songwriters Who Reclaim Their Rights Finally Get Royalties Due

July 12, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
On July 9 the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) issued a ruling that represents a major victory for American songwriters. Beginning Aug. 8, they will be able to collect mechanical royalties generated from streaming platforms—Apple, Spotify, et … »Read
 

People in the News

New Conductors: Florida, Ohio

July 11, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Jacksonville (FL) Symphony, which next season marks its 75 th anniversary, has appointed Nathaniel Efthimiou as its assistant conductor and director of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras (JSYO). He succeeds Grant O’Brien and … »Read
 
 

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