During the week of May 21 to 25, Alfred Music’s Ron Manus, chief business development officer, and Jennifer Paisley-Schuch, trade shows and partnerships director, joined nearly 100 music industry leaders, notable artists, and arts education activists to advocate for all school-aged children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs.

Read more: Alfred Music Attends NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In

Music & Arts has invited all students, parents, and educators to attend their Open House weekend (June 22 to 24) for complimentary guitar lessons and live music, and a free guitar offer at all locations that offer musical instrument lessons. 

Read more: Music & Arts Stores Offer Free Guitars to New Lessons Students During 'Open House' in June

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) 2017-2018 Paradise Jazz Series will conclude on June 9 with a one-night-only concert featuring Brazilian composer, pianist, and singer Ivan Lins.

Read more: Ivan Lins to Perform One-Night-Only Concert at Orchestra Hall

Thanks to generous donations to the D’Addario Foundation’s Music Education for Girls Initiative, dedicated students in D’Addario’s free stringed instrument program will receive $2,000 scholarships to continue their musical training.

Read more: D'Addario Foundation Awards Scholarships to Students in Their Free Long Island Lesson Program

The D’Addario Foundation, Hungry for Music, and Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation are back for a nationwide instrument drive tour, stopping in Ace Hotels in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Chicago and New Orleans this year.

Read more: The D’Addario Foundation Participates in Instrument Drives with Hungry for Music

Dan Ryder Field Drills will host a Marching Band Drill Designing Workshop from June 18 to 22.

Read more: Dan Ryder Field Drills Hosts Drill Designing Workshop

Essential Elements for Band and Essential Elements for Orchestra have announced several updates to their online component, Essential Elements Interactive, that will now allow students more features to enhance their learning.

Read more: Essential Elements Interactive Announces New Updates

JodyJazz Inc has announced that Tenor Saxophone titan JD Allen has joined the JodyJazz family of artist endorsers.

Read more: JD Allen Joins JodyJazz Family Of Artist Endorsers

A team of consultants from Conn-Selmer recently visited the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess the damage of many instruments from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and also develop a plan to rebuild music programs there.

Read more: Conn-Selmer Visits U.S. Virgin Islands to Help Music Programs Post-Hurricanes

Hal Leonard has announced the winners of the seventh annual Hal Leonard Vocal Competition for young classical and theatre singers.

Read more: Hal Leonard Announces Winners of Vocal Competition

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