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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.”


Reviews

Carmel Bach Is Back, Very Refreshed

July 18, 2024 | Richard S. Ginel, Musical America
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Ca.—The venerable Carmel Bach Festival has been operating more-or-less continuously since 1935, going dark only during World War II (1942-1945) and the COVID pandemic (2020). This cool, foggy outpost on the Pacific Rim … »Read
 

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The Case for Sondheim in the Concert Hall

July 17, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
A recent weekend afforded the rare opportunity to hear two Stephen Sondheim scores back-to-back, both orchestrated by his longtime colleague, Jonathan Tunick. With the same composer and orchestrator at their creative cores, you would think the … »Read
 

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At Aix: Two Triumphs, One Turkey

July 16, 2024 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
AIX-EN-PROVENCE— Prima la musica, dopo le parole as Richard Strauss affirmed in his last opera, Capriccio . ‘‘First the music, then the words.’’ In late 20th-century Europe, however, both composers and librettists … »Read
 

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Novel Double Bill: The Prisoner Meets the Medium

July 15, 2024 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—Thank heaven for not-so-grand opera. Grand in the financial sense, that is. Of course who doesn’t thrill to a stage-filling Triumphal March or a lavishly hellish Nibelheim? But in recent months, local opera companies with … »Read
 

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At Ravinia: The Soloists Nearly Steal the Show

July 9, 2024 | Hannah Edgar, Musical America
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.— A public service announcement is in order. Yes, the Ravinia Festival might be most famous as the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or as the site of the Steans Music Institute, the prestigious training … »Read
 

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Opera Holland Park Attempts Puccini's Edgar

July 8, 2024 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—If you’ve ever wondered what Puccini was up to between the success of Le Villi in 1884 and Manon Lescaut in 1893, the answer is… struggling. Edgar , his second opera, flopped in 1889. Revised, it fared better in 1888 and … »Read
 
 

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