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INDUSTRY EVENTS AND CONFERENCES
Trade shows, seminars, events and conferences about the business of the performing arts
July 16-29, 2023 Arlington, VA Piano Technicians Guild Convention
July 31 - August 3, 2023 Pittsburgh, PA International Association of Venue Managers Conference
August 16-18, 2023 Riverside, CA Association of California Symphony Orchestras Conference
August 20-23, 2023 Tokyo, Japan InterNoise Conference 2023
August 23-25, 2023 Huddersfield, United Kingdom Audio Engineering Society International Conference (Spacial & Immersive Audio)
September 5-8, 2023 Seattle, WA Western Arts Alliance Conference
September 6-8, 2023 Hasselt, Belgium Audio Engineering Society International Conference (Audio Education)
September 18-21, 2023 Quito, Ecuador Audio Engineering Society Latin American Conference
October 12-14, 2023 Charleston, SC National Association for Campus Activities Convention
October 16-19, 2023 Beaverton, OR Arts Northwest Annual Conference
October 19-21, 2023 Little Rock, AR National Association for Campus Activities Convention
October 19-22, 2023 Ottowa, ON Society for Ethnomusicology Conference
October 25-26, 2023 New York, NY National Association of Broadcasters Show
October 25-27, 2023 New York, NY Audio Engineering Society 155th Convention
October 26-28, 2023 Miami, FL College Music Society National Conference
October 26-28, 2023 Syracuse, NY National Association for Campus Activities Convention
November 3-5, 2023 Raleigh, NC National Council of Acoustical Consultants Conference
November 4-8, 2023 Ottowa, ON Canadian Arts Presenting Association
November 9-12, 2023 Denver, CO American Musicological Society Annual Conference
November 9-12, 2023 Denver, CO Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting
November 16-18, 2023 Riverside, CA National Association for Campus Activities Convention
November 17-21, 2023 Scottsdale, AZ National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting
December 4-8, 2023 Sydney, Australia Acoustical Society of America 185th Meeting
January 3-6, 2024 Phoenix, AZ National Opera Association Annual Convention
January 4-6, 2024 New York, NY International Conductors Guild
January 9-11, 2024 New York, NY International Society for the Performing Arts
January 12-16, 2024 New York, NY Arts Presenters Conference
January 18-21, 2024 New York, NY Chamber Music America
January 24-27, 2024 Spokane, WA American Choral Directors Association Northwestern Region Conference
January 25-28, 2024 Anaheim, CA National Association of Music Merchants Show
January 29 - February 1, 2024 Las Vegas, NV International Ticketing Association Annual Conference
February 7-10, 2024 Omaha, NE American Choral Directors Association Midwestern Region Conference
February 21-24, 2024 Louisville, KY American Choral Directors Association Southern Region Conference
February 27 - March 2, 2024 Denver, CO American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Region Conference
February 28 - March 2, 2024 Providence, RI American Choral Directors Association Eastern Region Conference
February 28 - March 2, 2024 Cincinnati, OH Music Library Association Annual Meeting
March 6-9, 2024 Pasadena, CA American Choral Directors Association Western Region Conference
March 6-10, 2024 Washington, DC American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 16-20, 2024 Atlanta, GA Music Teachers National Association National Conference
March 20-23, 2024 Louisville, KY Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference
March 20-23, 2024 Louisville, KY American String Teachers Association National Conference
March 20-23, 2024 Seattle, WA US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference
April 4-6, 2024 Des Moines, IA National Association for Campus Activities National Convention
April 13-17, 2024 Las Vegas, NV National Association of Broadcasters Show
April 30 - May 3, 2024 Perth, Australia International Society for the Performing Arts
May 13-17, 2024 Ottowa, ON Acoustical Society of America 186th Meeting
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.”


Industry News

Met Opera in 2024-25: 6 New Stagings, 4 New Directors

February 21, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 season, which opens September 23 with Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded , continues emphasizing contemporary operas, this time all tried and tweaked elsewhere before coming to the Met stage. That includes the … »Read
 

Reviews

Oakland Symphony Premieres Here I Stand, a Tribute to Paul Robeson

February 21, 2024 | Steven Winn, Musical America
Here I Stand , the centerpiece of the Oakland Symphony’s February 16 concert at the Paramount Theater, was a communal event in the widest sense of the term. In commissioning and performing a new oratorio about the singer, actor, and … »Read
 

Industry News

Colburn School Updates $400M Expansion Plans

February 21, 2024 | Taylor Grant,  Musical America
The timetable and costs for the Colburn School 100,000-sq.-ft. expansion, designed by Frank Gehry, have been updated. Initially announced in March of 2022 , and situated next to the School's Grand Avenue campus in downtown Los Angeles, the … »Read
 

Industry News

Playing in a State-funded Ensemble Is Not as Secure as It Seems

February 21, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
It is received wisdom among classical musicians in the U.S. that a career in Europe offers a great deal more stability because governments at all levels subsidize the arts. “Yes, but…,” responds Heather Kurzbauer, a violinist … »Read
 

Industry News

Orchestras + Healthcare Activities=A Good ROI

February 21, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
A new report issued at the annual conference of the Association of British Orchestras this past January emphasizes the good work orchestra musicians do in formal and informal care settings throughout the U.K. The Orchestras in Healthcare report , … »Read
 

People in the News

New Artistic Director for Rome Opera

February 21, 2024 | Edward Egerton, Musical America
Paolo Arcà, artistic director of La Scala decades ago (1997-2003), is to take the post at Opera di Roma. He succeeds Alessio Vlad, who resigned last year and has since moved on to become artistic director of Teatro Regio di Parma. … »Read
 
 

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