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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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Spotlight: Contests & Awards
The 66th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition

15 E 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
UNITED STATES
(212) 734-2130


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US/Canada Arts Administration Degree Programs
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Spotlight: Master classes/Workshops
Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute

2 Cove Rd.
South Salem, NY 10590-1023
(914) 582-3915

Spotlight: Master classes/Workshops
Sitka Summer Music Festival

PO Box 3333
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-6774


Spotlight: Music Schools & Departments
Boston Conservatory at Berklee

8 Fenway
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 912-9153


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Spotlight: Musical Instruments, Accessories, Cases & Repairs
Yamaha Corp. of America

6600 Orangethorpe Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620


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Scholarships and Grants

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.

Performing Arts Industry Events and Conferences

May 7-11, 2018 Minneapolis, MN International Congress on Acoustics
May 23-25, 2018 Edmonton, AB Canadian University Music Society Conference
May 23-26, 2018 Milan, Italy Audio Engineering Society Convention
May 24-28, 2018 Minneapolis, MN Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference
May 30 - June 1, 2018 Calgary, AB Orchestras Canada National Meeting
June 6-9, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Dance/USA Annual Conference
June 8-10, 2018 Denver, CO Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
June 11-15, 2018 Leeuwarden, Netherlands International Society for the Performing Arts
June 13-15, 2018 Chicago, IL League of American Orchestras Annual Conference
June 14-16, 2018 St. Louis, MO Theatre Communications Group National Conference
June 15-17, 2018 Denver, CO Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
June 18-23, 2018 Louisville, KY Guitar Foundation of America Convention
June 20-23, 2018 Chicago, IL Chorus America Conference
June 20-23, 2018 St Louis, MO Opera America
June 22-26, 2018 Las Vegas, NV National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference
June 25-30, 2018 Chicago, IL Musica Sacra Conference
June 27-30, 2018 Redlands, CA American Harp Society Conference
July 2-6, 2018 Kansas City, MO American Guild of Organists
July 6-11, 2018 Ostend, Belgium ClarinetFest Conference 2017
July 11-14, 2018 Lancaster, PA Piano Technicians Guild Convention
July 15-18, 2018 Austin, TX League of Historic American Theaters Annual Conference
July 15-19, 2018 St. Louis, MO The Hymn Society Annual Conference
July 22-25, 2018 Toronto, ON International Association of Venue Managers Conference
August 5-10, 2018 Daegu, Korea International Computer Music Conference
August 9-11, 2018 Sacramento, CA Association of California Symphony Orchestras Conference
August 9-12, 2018 Orlando, FL National Flute Association Conference
August 23-25, 2018 Brazil International Tuba-Euphonium Conference
August 26-29, 2018 Chicago, IL InterNoise Conference 2018
August 27-30, 2018 Las Vegas, NV Western Arts Alliance Conference
August 28 September 1, 2018 Granada, Spain International Double Reed Society Annual Conference
September 5-8, 2018 Indianapolis, IN Arts Midwest Conference
September 25-28, 2018 Orlando, FL Radio Show
October 1-4, 2018 Orlando, FL Performing Arts Exchange
October 8-11, 2018 Eugene, OR Arts Northwest Annual Conference
October 11-13, 2018 Vancouver, BC College Music Society National Conference
October 17-20, 2018 New York, NY Audio Engineering Society Convention
November 1-4, 2018 San Antonio, TX Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting
November 1-4, 2018 San Antonio, TX American Musicological Society Annual Conference
November 3-4, 2018 Seattle, WA National Council of Acoustical Consultants Conference
November 12-17, 2018 Montreal, QC CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) 
November 12-17, 2018 Montreal, QC Canadian Arts Presenting Association
November 14-17, 2018 Baltimore, MD Conference for Community Arts Education
November 15-18, 2018 Dallas, TX American Music Therapy Association Conference
November 15-18, 2018 Albuquerque, NM Society for Ethnomusicology Conference
November 16-20, 2018 Washington, DC National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting
January 2-3, 2019 New York, NY Conductors Guild Annual Conference
January 4-8, 2019 New York, NY Arts Presenters Conference
January 9-12, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT National Opera Association Annual Convention
January 17-20, 2019 Washington, DC Chamber Music America
January 24-27, 2019 Anaheim, CA National Association of Music Merchants Show
January 29-31, 2019 Grapevine, TX International Ticketing Association Annual Conference
February 16-20, 2019 Columbus, OH National Association for Campus Activities National Convention
February 20-24, 2019 St. Louis, MO Music Library Association Annual Meeting
February 27 - March 2, 2019 Kansas City, MO American Choral Directors Association National Conference
March 6-9, 2019 Loveland, CO American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 6-9, 2019 Albuquerque, NM American String Teachers Association National Conference
March 16-20, 2019 Spokane, WA MTNA National Conference
March 20-23, 2019 Louisville, KY US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference
April 6-11, 2019 Location TBD National Association of Broadcasters Show
May 13-17, 2019 Louisville, KY International Congress on Acoustics
March 21-25, 2020 Chicago, IL MTNA National 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.”

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Special Reports

MA 30 Movers & Shapers: Bob Becker

December 5, 2017 | By John Fleming

Founding Member, Nexus
Composer/Arranger

As a composer, arranger, and founding member of the Nexus percussion ensemble, Bob Becker has influenced virtually every aspect of percussion performance and repertoire in the profession. And, he is renowned as a virtuoso xylophone soloist.

Becker’s milestones range from being featured on marimba and xylophone with Steve Reich and Musicians in classics like Music for 18 Musicians, to his exquisite performance on steel drums with Nexus on Toru Takemitsu’s From me flows what you call Time for symphony orchestra and percussion, to his infectious arrangements of ragtime music for xylophone. He was timpanist of the Marlboro Festival Orchestra under Pablo Casals, he toured as drummer and percussionist with the Paul Winter Consort, and he has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. He is also a designer of instruments and has his own line of xylophone mallets with Malletech and cymbals (Bob Becker Bow Cymbal) with Sabian.

Nexus was founded in 1971 at the Eastman School of Music, and the group, long based in Toronto, is still going strong, with a new CD, Home, that includes works for percussion by Michael Burritt, Bill Cahn, and Libby Larsen. 

Becker, whose first instrument was a marimba as a seven-year-old growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is also a master of world music. Known for his expertise on tabla drums, he teaches workshops on North Indian as well as West African drumming styles. His prowess also extends to the snare drum, including his 2012 book Rudimental Arithmetic. Becker, along with the other members of Nexus, was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999. They continue to perform and record, releasing their newest CD Home in 2017, featuring music of Michael Burritt, Bill Cahn, and Libby Larsen.

In recent years, Becker can be found playing in a marimba duo with Yurika Kimura. They specialize in American music from the early 20th century, playing custom arrangements of popular songs as well as his trademark ragtime. “This music is really fun!” he told PAS’ Rhythm! Scene. “It’s a real workout to learn this technique… both a physical and mental challenge.”

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