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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

The Pain and Insight of Innocence

June 24, 2024 | Thomas May, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO—A year after Kaija Saariaho’s death at the age of 70, her final opera, Innocence , received its much-anticipated American debut this month at San Francisco Opera. The work’s reputation as a harrowing and innovative … »Read
 

People in the News

Another, Perhaps Smoother Exit for Jaap

June 24, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Over the past few weeks Jaap van Zweden has been busy concluding his concurrent tenures as music director of both the New York and Hong Kong philharmonic orchestras. His final concerts in New York in May precede a summer tour of China with the … »Read
 

People in the News

New Podium Occupants in UK, Austria, Germany

June 24, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Edwin Outwater, music director of the San Francisco Conservatory since 2020 , is to be principal guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra effective September 1, alongside Chief Conductor Anna Maria Helsing. He first led the group in 2022 when … »Read
 

Industry News

Welsh National Op Musicians Threaten Strike

June 24, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
In the coming weeks, musicians of the Welsh National Opera who are members of the Musicians’ Union will be voting on whether to undertake labor action against plans to make the orchestra part-time and cut pay by 15 percent. “This is a … »Read
 

Industry News

Scottish Arts Groups Brace for Funding Cuts

June 24, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Ominous talk of a potential spending squeeze is causing alarm among Scotland’s cultural institutions, which are already contending with ten years of standstill funding in the face of Brexit, the pandemic, inflation, and a cost-of-living … »Read
 

People in the News

LA Phil Principal Viola to Chicago

June 21, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Teng Li, current principal viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is to take the same post with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). She won the audition in May of 2023, and was officially offered the job the following September by Riccardo … »Read
 
 

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