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Fortissima Goes National

03-02-2021

The Colburn School’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact is expanding Fortissima to become national. Launched by Jazmín Morales in 2017, Fortissima is an artistic and leadership development program for high school–age young women from minorities underrepresented in classical music who show an interest in pursuing a career in orchestral music.

Renowned Music Foundation Opens Applications for Scholarship Program

03-02-2021

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation is now accepting applications for a variety of music scholarships.

NYC Composition Program Offers Mentorship from Professionally Trained Composers

03-02-2021

Opportunity Music Project in New York City has announced the launch of their new Composition Program.

Austin Soundwaves Launches Aging-Cohort Program with National Guild Funding

03-02-2021

Austin Soundwaves (Austin, TX) has been awarded a grant from the National Guild for Community Arts Education to fund their aging-cohort pilot program Mariachi ParaTodos (Mariachi for All).

Last Call: YOLA National Festival Extends Audition Deadline

03-02-2021

The YOLA National Festival has extended the audition window for its July 2021 orchestral training program. The new deadline is March 6 (originally March 1). Open to students from all Sistema-inspired programs, students ages 12–18 are encouraged to apply for one of the two ensembles: the Symphony Orchestra (ages 14–18) or the Chamber Orchestra (ages 12–14).

DTMR Announces First-Ever Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival 8:04

03-02-2021

Decolonizing the Music Room has announced the first annual Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival, happening online on Saturday, March 13, 2021, as part of their 2021 programming.

Arts Education Policy Review Publishes Special Issue on Community Arts Organizations

03-02-2021

This special issue of the Arts Education Policy Review brings together perspectives from community-based arts organizations around the world to highlight and reflect upon the ways in which they and the youth they serve responded to the COVID-19 pandemic between March and September of 2020.

Apply for a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

03-02-2021

Might your organization be ready to apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts? Challenge Grants are for first-time applicants, and they support smaller organizations (that’s us) for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved.

Juilliard Builds Introductory “Music by Black Composers” List

03-02-2021

During the summer of 2020, a group of 20+ studio faculty chairs and other contributors from The Juilliard School created a list of “Music by Black Composers: An Introductory Resource.”

Merging Our ‘Why’ with the Community’s Needs

03-02-2021

My recent election to the position of Board Chair of El Sistema USA is a great honor for me, especially since I am following in the footsteps of my inspiring friend and mentor Christine Taylor Conda. Since then, I have reflected on how I can best serve the communities that comprise our membership and the greater field of music for social change.

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