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In Toronto, a Student-Driven Social Curriculum Inspires New Learning

04-06-2021

When Toronto’s schools closed in March 2020, we knew we were in for a challenging spring of adapting to the technological and musical challenges of remote learning. We also knew that students would be struggling with feelings of isolation, anxiety, and boredom, and it would be vitally important for us to offer help with these emotional and social challenges. Luckily, we were somewhat prepared for the transition, thanks to our Social Curriculum activities. These activities had the potential to be a key support for our students and staff—as long as we could figure out an effective, accessible way to adapt them to the online format.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the 10/20/30 Pledge

04-06-2021

We urge readers to look at and sign the 10/20/30 Pledge for racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the performing arts. Recognizing the urgency of this moment, APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) invites organizations and individuals to join this field-wide commitment to repair systemic inequities within the arts.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Launches Partners in Music Learning Grant Initiative

04-06-2021

Thanks to an anonymous donor, YOLA and the LA Phil are launching a new regranting initiative for creative youth development and music programs across the U.S.

Apply for the Future of Music Faculty Fellowship for Black and Latinx Music Professionals

04-06-2021

A first-of-its-kind career development initiative for Black and Latinx music professionals, the Future of Music Faculty Fellowship will spotlight and prepare exceptional future faculty leaders, taking aim at the representation gap on music faculties nationwide.

The AARP Community Challenge Supports Creative Aging Projects

04-06-2021

Last month, we told you about Austin Soundwaves’ intergenerational mariachi ensemble Mariachi ParaTodos, launched partly due to a seed grant from the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Apply for a D’Addario Grant

04-06-2021

The D’Addario Foundation provides support for impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Crossing Borders IV: Africamerica, April 18

04-06-2021

BRAVO Youth Orchestras (Oregon, USA) is staging its fourth Crossing Borders concert, happening online on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. PDT.

Digital Promise Publishes Inclusive Innovation Report

04-06-2021

In December 2020, Digital Promise (an organization supporting innovation in education) convened more than 900 teachers, district leaders, charter leaders, researchers, and Black, Brown, and Indigenous organization leaders to reimagine the recruitment and retention of teachers of color.

New Toolkit Supports Nonprofit Management

04-06-2021

The Wallace Foundation has created the “StrongNonprofits Toolkit” to strengthen nonprofit management.

Encourage Young People to Join Peer Discussions on Social Justice

03-17-2021

Do you have young people in your program, in the U.S. or any other country, who would like to engage with peers (ages 16–24) in open conversations?

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