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U.K. Gov't Arts Support Sinks Among Europe's Lowest

July 24, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
A new report produced by the University of Warwick and the Campaign for the Arts shines a harsh light on the state of arts funding in the U.K. Since 2010, Britain has cut its total culture budget by six percent; in that same interval, Germany, … » Read

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Young Musicians Who Escaped the Taliban Persevere

July 23, 2024 |
Taylor Grant, Musical America
One of the many casualties of the Taliban’s brutal return to power in Afghanistan in August of 2021 was the nation’s musical life. Music of any sort was quite simply banned , anyone caught playing an instrument could face severe … » Read

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World's Accordionists Squeeze Together for Confab

July 23, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The accordion, an instrument generally associated with polka bands, rarely gets much respect. That won’t be the case in Kansas City between July 23 and 27, when the Accordionists and Teachers Guild International holds its annual festival. … » Read

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Easing Classical Music Back Into Linc Inc's Summer Priorities

July 23, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Yesterday, Lincoln Center invited a gaggle of local press to witness a rehearsal by the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center—the rebranded Mostly Mozart Festival ensemble—under its new Music Director Jonathon Heyward. Their … » Read

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String Quartet Members, Coming & Going

July 22, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Violist Jonathan Brown, who began his tenure as the new professor of chamber music at the Colburn School in Los Angeles on July 1, is leaving the Casals Quartet after 22 years. Remaining are violinists Vera Martínez Mehner and Abel … » Read

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Arkansas Symphony Announces Hall Opening Celebration

July 19, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will celebrate the grand opening of the Stella Boyle Smith Music Center with a three-day community celebration Sept. 13-15, 2024. The weekend’s events include the first public performance in the new … » Read

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AFM Pension Plan Gets $1.5 Bn Fix

July 19, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In what one union leader called “a big win for musicians,” U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer [pictured] announced that the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) would receive a $1.5 billion pension fix from the American … » Read

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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

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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

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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

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