The White House Administration's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for National and Community Services (Americorps), among other federal agencies.

Read more: #SaveTheNEA

NY Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concert Photo: Michael DiVito

The New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts (VYPCs), for children ages 3 to 6, will conclude its 12th season Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Monday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street.

Read more: NYPhil Very Young People’s Concerts Conclude April 30 - May 1

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the New York Philharmonic Photo: Chris LeeThe Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the U.S. Premiere of Tansy Davies’s Forest: a concerto for four horns — co-commissioned by the Philharmonic with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Warsaw Autumn Festival — featuring Richard Watkins, Katy Woolley, Nigel Black, and Michael Thompson, all in their Philharmonic debuts; the New York Premiere of Stravinsky’s recently rediscovered Funeral Song; and Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra.

Read more: The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen To Conduct New York Philharmonic

L–R: Bill Thomas, Oscar S. Schafer, Deborah Borda, and Jaap van Zweden at new NY Philharmonic PositionLos Angeles Philharmonic Board Chairman Jay Rasulo announced today that Deborah Borda will step down from her position as President and CEO to become President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic starting September 15, 2017. 

Read more: Deborah Borda to Step Down as President and Ceo Of The Los Angeles Philharmonic

MusicFirst, a learning management system designed specifically for music educators, has signed a distribution agreement with Soundtrap, an online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, to offer a cross-platform music creation solution within its portfolio aimed at educators, teachers, band, choir and orchestra directors.

Read more: MusicFirst Signs Distribution Partnership with Soundtrap

On March 13, 2017, the SABIAN Education Network returned to the Drummers Collective in New York City for another event aimed at drum teachers.

Read more: Sabian Education Network Returns To The Collective NYC

Universal Orlando Youth Programs has revamped its STARS Performance Program workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley.

Read more: Students Take Center Stage at Newly Enhanced Universal Orlando Youth Program

The Summer NAMM Show is calling musical acts of all genres to showcase their talents as part of the Bands @ NAMM program during the annual Summer NAMM Show, held July 13-15 at Nashville's Music City Center. The Bands @ NAMM program offers artists the opportunity to submit their act to perform on one of the three days of the annual event. 

Read more: Bands @ NAMM Submissions are Now Open for The 2017 Summer NAMM Show

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announces the West Coast premiere of Björk Digital, an exhibition of groundbreaking digital and virtual reality (VR) video works featuring music from the artist's latest album, Vulnicura. Björk Digital will run from May 19 to June 4 at Magic Box at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. In conjunction with Björk Digital, Björk will also make her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, performing with orchestra in a concert conducted by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason on May 30. Tickets for the exhibition and for the concert go on sale on Monday, March 6, at 10AM PST. 

Read more: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Announces the West Coast Premiere of Björk Digital


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