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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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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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