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FW Opera Cancels Competition; Pays All 30 Semi-finalists

August 6, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
After postponing the event once—from April until the fall—the Fort Worth Opera (FWO) and the McCammon Voice Competition Committee have decided to cancel the biennial competition altogether thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Considered a … » Read

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UCLA Receives $2.9M for Arts Scholarships

July 30, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Upon her death last January, Elaine Krown Klein, who with her husband Leo was a staunch supporter of the arts and music at UCLA, left $2.9mn to a scholarship fund. The fund, first established by the couple in 1986 and now valued at more than … » Read

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NYC COVID-19 Relief Fund Gifts $110mn to NYC Arts & Social Services

July 30, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
On July 29 the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund announced its final round of grants, bringing the fund’s total awarded to more than $110mn to 768 New York City-based social services and arts and cultural nonprofits . Launched in … » Read

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Sphinx Announces Annual Excellence Awards

July 16, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, with a stated mission of “transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts,” has announced three recipients of the 2021 Medal of Excellence. The award, which includes a $50,000 … » Read

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Opera America IDEA Grants Deadline July 30

July 16, 2020 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The deadline to apply for Opera America’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) grants is fast approaching. Composer/librettists who identify as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and/or Native American (ALAANA) and who can demonstrate … » Read

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NEA Announces Grants Postponed by the Pandemic

July 7, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced 1,144 new awards totaling more than $84mn to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories. These grants are unrelated to the special funding … » Read

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Steven Schick Wins Columbia's Ditson Award

June 29, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Columbia University has awarded the 2020 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music to Steven Schick, conductor, author, and world-renowned percussionist. In announcing the selection, which carries with it a $5,000 … » Read

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Mahler Comp Underway, Americans Barred; Other Contests Move Online, Postpone

June 29, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
The Bamberg Symphony’s Mahler Competition for conductors begins June 29, the first significant, in-person competition since the coronavirus lockdowns. Apart from the two American semifinalists barred from entering the EU due to the … » Read

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Cliburn Competition Ups the Ante--
A Lot

June 19, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
On June 17, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announced a series of changes that will take effect for the 16 th competition, scheduled from May 27 to June 12, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. Among the most significant are a 94 percent … » Read

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American Pianists Ass'n Awards $50,000 to Five Finalists

June 15, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Back in March, just as the pandemic’s shut-down was hitting the industry, the American Pianists Association (APA) announced the five 2021 finalists who would, over the next 13 months, perform a variety of solo and ensemble concerts in … » Read

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