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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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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
 

Industry News

Labels Sue Verizon for Enabling Pirate Subscribers

July 18, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Universal, Sony, and Warner, the three largest recording companies, have sued Verizon. The suit alleges that by continuing to serve customers accused of pirating music, the Internet service provider is violating copyright law. The three claim … »Read
 

People in the News

New Music Director in Lafayette, IN

July 18, 2024 | Edward Egerton, Musical America
South Carolina native Kellen Gray is to be the next conductor and artistic director of the Lafayette (IN) Symphony Orchestra, a 70-plus-year-old professional ensemble offering four symphonic concerts and six smaller musical events annually. … »Read
 

Industry News

Paris Opening Ceremonies Performers Threaten Strike

July 18, 2024 | Agence-France Presse
PARIS, France (AFP) — A French performing artists union announced plans for a strike coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris, protesting “outrageous disparities in treatment” among performers recruited … »Read
 

Industry News

Canadian Fest Mentorship Program Partners with SPAC

July 18, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Festival de Lanaudière and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) have announced a new partnership for the festival’s mentorship program that supports emerging Canadian classical musicians. Between July 25 and August 4, six … »Read
 

Reviews

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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