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Ford, Bloomberg, et al. to Give $156M to Black, Latinx, Asian Arts Groups

September 25, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Sixteen major donors and foundations have combined resources to come up with over $156 million to support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in response to the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. About half the amount is … » Read

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Music Theater Scholarship Results Deemed a 'White Wash'

September 24, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Sept. 18 decision by the Rob Guest Endowment to cancel this year’s competition for Australia’s richest musical theater scholarship has created a firestorm Down Under. The problems began in August, when the Endowment selected 30 … » Read

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Van Cliburn Competition Postponed to 2022

September 22, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Back in March when the repercussions of the pandemic began to become apparent and lockdown became rule of law, event planners everywhere adopted one or two of three strategies: reschedule, move online, or cancel. Most chose option one and/or two. … » Read

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Covid-19 or No, Key Conducting Competition Resurrected in Italy

September 17, 2020 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN--On November 16, 1956, Guido Cantelli was named music director of La Scala. On November 17, 1956, in his native Novara, he conducted his final concert. One week later, on his way to conduct the New York Philharmonic, he was killed when his … » Read

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Anthony McGill Wins 2020 Avery Fisher Prize

September 15, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic and formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize. He represents the only African American to receive the award, … » Read

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Competition Update: Virtual Wins & a Few New Contests

August 28, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
Pianist Martin James Bartlett never got to greet Piano Cleveland audiences with a hearty “Hello Cleveland,” as immortalized in the 1984 film This is Spinal Tap . But the 24-year-old British pianist took first prize on August 9 in … » Read

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The Tony Awards, 2020: 'On with the Show,' Says the Producer

August 25, 2020 | Mark Kennedy
NEW YORK (AP) — Despite being interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the shortened Broadway season will nonetheless have a Tony Awards. Tony Award Productions said Friday that the celebration of live theater will be digital but offered no … » Read

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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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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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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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