National Endowment for the Arts chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $50,000 to Jazz at Lincoln Center to curate the Jazz & Popular Song Series. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Read more: Jazz at Lincoln Center to Receive $50,000 Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts

KHS America is proud to introduce the KHS America Academic Alliance, a program designed to support the Music Education Community by fostering the symbiotic relationship between School Music Programs, School Music Dealers, and the KHS portfolio of school music brands. 

Read more: KHS America Launches’ the Academic Alliance Program

Paulo Szot performing with the New York Philharmonic Photo: Chris LeeTony Award winner and Metropolitan Opera baritone Paulo Szot will join Music Director Alan Gilbert, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and the New York Philharmonic for the Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve celebration, Saturday, December 31, 2016, at 8:00 p.m., an evening of American classics including music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Copland, and J. Strauss II. The concert will be telecast live nationally on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS stations. 

Read more: Baritone Paulo Szot To Join New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Concert

Grammy Award-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette spent four days on Berklee’s campus this week giving clinics on drumming and performing and leading the panel Music, Health, and Healing, focused on the music he’s written for wellness and relaxation, and joined by practitioners from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Berklee’s Music Therapy Department.

Read more: Jack DeJohnette Spends Four Days on Berklee’s Campus

MakeMusic, Inc. announced the formal release of the new SmartMusic, a web-based redesign of the interactive music practice platform for music students and educators.

Read more: MakeMusic, Inc Announces the New SmartMusic Interactive Practice Platform

With 36 nominations across all brands endorsees represent flagship D’Addario acoustic and electric guitar strings, Evans drumheads, Promark drumsticks, Planet Waves accessories, along with woodwinds and orchestral products.

Read more: D’Addario & Company Congratulates Their 2017 Grammy Award Nominees

A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across 7 states have been announced as finalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations and applications for the 2018 Music Educator Award are now open via A complete list of finalists is below.

Read more: Music Educator Award Finalists Announced by The Grammy Foundation

The Second Annual Grand Rally for Music Education features violin virtuosos Black Violin in collaboration with Yamaha, along with student performances by The Perfect Fourth Quartet, a Sphinx Organization ensemble and recipients of the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama. This signature NAMM Foundation event includes exciting musical performances and “inside the practice room” conversations with iconic performing artists. 

Read more: Come Together for The NAMM Foundation’s Grand Rally for Music Education 2017

College music students and music faculty members are invited to connect with The NAMM Show’s global audience made up of the world’s most influential industry decision-makers, including independent music retailers, pro audio manufacturers, distributors, sales reps, engineers from recording studios, developers of gaming and apps, houses of worship, touring, theater and entertainment companies, as well as venue buyers looking for stage, lighting and event solutions.

Read more: GenNext Program Registration Now Open for College Music Students and Faculty

SBO will once again present our annual SBO Best Tools for Schools awards at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on January 22, 2017. 

Read more: SBO to Present the 2017 Recipients of the Best Tools for Schools Award at NAMM


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