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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
1st Berliner International Music Competition

Berlin Philharmonie
Piano • Strings • Voice
No travel required (video selection)
Winners' recitals: June 14, 2017
Deadline: March 10, 2017

Spotlight: Contests & Awards
Olga Kern International Piano Competition

PO Box 14314
Albuquerque, NM 87191-4314
(505) 814-5355

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US/Canada Arts Administration Degree Programs
Music Schools & Departments
Summer Music Camps & Special Programs

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

January 4-6, 2018 Fort Worth, TX Conductors Guild Annual Conference
January 4-7, 2018 New York, NY Chamber Music America
January 4-7, 2018 New Orleans, LA National Opera Association Annual Convention
January 12-16, 2018 New York, NY Arts Presenters Conference
January 23-25, 2018 Baltimore, MD International Ticketing Association Annual Conference
January 25-28, 2018 Anaheim, CA National Association of Music Merchants Show
January 31-February 4, 2018 Portland, OR Music Library Association Annual Meeting
February 17-21, 2018 Boston, MA National Association for Campus Activities National Convention
March 7-10, 2018 Fort Worth, TX American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 7-10, 2018 Atlanta, GA American String Teachers Association National Conference
March 14-17, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL US Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference
March 17-21, 2018 Orlando, FL National Association of Broadcasters Show
April 7-12, 2018 Las Vegas, NV National Association of Broadcasters Show
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 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
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
February 27 - March 2, 2019 Kansas City, MO American Choral Directors Association National Conference
March 6-9, 2019 Denver, CO American Bandmasters Association Annual Convention
March 16-20, 2019 Spokane, WA MTNA National Conference
March 20-23, 2019 Louisville, KY 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 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 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.”


Competitions & Awards

A Night for Celebration: MA Awards, 2018 Version

December 7, 2017 | By Susan Elliott, Musical America

In what has become the annual de-facto industry holiday party, Musical America hosted its yearly awards and reception Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall. The five “of the year” honorees and their assorted entourages were on hand to receive their awards, presented with much warmth and generosity of spirit by Sedgwick Clark, features editor of the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, the 2018 edition of which is due out presently.

In addition to comprehensive national and international listings, manager reports, and year-end news summaries, the 2018 Directory contains articles that pay tribute to each of the honorees: Andris Nelsons, Artist of the Year; Francisco J. Núñez, Educator of the Year; Sondra Radvanovsky, Vocalist of the Year; Augustin Hadelich, Instrumentalist of the Year; and Mason Bates, Composer of the Year.

Left to right: Francisco J. Núñez, Educator of the Year; Augustin Hadelich, Instrumentalist of the Year;
Sondra Radvanovsky, Vocalist of the Year; Andris Nelsons, Artist of the Year; Mason Bates, Composer of the Year

Stephanie Challener, owner and publisher of Musical America Worldwide, began the evening’s festivities by thanking each of the event’s key sponsors: Columbia Artists; the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis; Meyer Sound; and Steinway & Sons.

In accepting the Composer of the Year award, Mason Bates explained that, unlike many composers, he works not just in solitary, notating musical ideas as they may emerge, but also, and often, surrounded by an orchestra. Because he and his laptop are often the “electronica” piece of his symphonic works, he explained, he spends much of his time around musicians and administrative staff all over the U.S. “There’s a lot of good stuff happening at the grass roots level,” he said, pointing out how important it is to recognize the positive news about the business. He also took time to thank the Kennedy Center, where he is composer-in-residence, and the Santa Fe Opera, for supporting and showing interest in his first opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which premiered last summer, “before it was hot.” 

Instrumentalist of the Year Augustin Hadelich picked up on Bates’s urgings to recognize the positive work going on in the performance world. He too travels widely, in this case with his “Ex-Kiesewetter” Strad violin, and sees much good news to report. “I think sometimes that people in New York are not aware that so many groups are playing at such a high level,” he said. His remarks included many thanks, to his manager, Patricia Handy; his teacher at Juilliard, Joel Smirnoff; and to Glen Kwok at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which Hadelich won in 2006 and which, he said, “changed my life completely.”

Vocalist of the Year Sondra Radvanovsky explained that she had promised herself that she wouldn’t get emotional, and then proceeded to do so—charmingly. She was feeling very grateful, she explained, not only for the gift of her talent, but to her mom, who was on hand; to John Fisher, now assistant general manager for music administration at the Metropolitan Opera, for his care in coaching her in the early career years; to manager Alec Treuhaft; her husband Duncan Lear; and her pianist Anthony Manoli, who predicted back when she was known primarily as a Verdi soprano, that she would one day be singing Bellini and Donizetti. She disagreed at the time, but today the former composer’s Norma and the latter’s three British queens are two of her signature feats.

Power Quartet: Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall; Deborah Rutter, President of the Kennedy Center; Deborah Borda, President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic; Mary Lou Falcone, of ML Falcone Public Relations

Francisco J. Núñez, Educator of the Year, also expressed gratitude, to his publicist, Connie Shuman, his mom (in the audience), and his wife. He also thanked the team at the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, which he launched nearly 30 years ago with just a few young singers and which today boasts an enrollment of 1,700 and is active in five countries. YPC’s goal, he explained, is bringing children of diverse backgrounds—and their families—together through music. “Music brings us together,” he said, “We need to get more music in the room and more children in the room.”  YPC currently reaches 48 school districts out of New York’s 52, he said, “and we’re trying to figure out how to get to the other four.” With Núñez leading the charge, they most certainly will.

Just ticking off Andris Nelsons credits as Artist of the Year turned out to be a time-consuming exercise, and at the end of his introductory remarks, which pointed out the conductor’s two music directorships, his numerous recording projects, and his generally ballistic career trajectory, Clark asked the room, “Is anyone else exhausted”?  In response, Nelsons was all humility, attempting to point out that all a conductor has to do is wave his arms, that it is the musicians and the administration of any orchestra or opera company that do all the work. “I love so much every Boston Symphony Orchestra musician and staff member,” he said. “This prize is only possible due to you. It makes me so proud and happy.”  He recalled a recent BSO performance of Strauss’s Alpine Symphony and said with quiet emphasis, “Nobody plays like they do!”

At the end of all the celebrations, each guest received a “goody bag,” which this year was plentiful indeed, compliments of Avie Records, BSO Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, the San Francisco Symphony, and YPC.




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