This June, public spaces throughout Chicago will be transformed into makeshift music venues as performers of all genres take to the streets for the third annual Make Music Chicago festival. The free event will take place in over 25 locations throughout the city on June 21.This June, public spaces throughout Chicago will be transformed into makeshift music venues as performers of all genres take to the streets for the third annual Make Music Chicago festival.  The free event will take place in over 25 locations throughout the city on June 21.

Performers of all ages and abilities will take over sites including Daley Plaza, Midway Plaisance, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and St. James Cathedral.

Orchestra, choral and concert band musicians of any age are invited to participate in the Make Music Chicago opener, Play the Plaza, which runs in the morning at Daley Plaza. Performances will consist of symphonic favorites, a Broadway and opera sing-along, and Sousa marches.

Similar musical festivities celebrating the summer solstice will be taking place in over 400 cities and 100 countries around the world.

makemusicchicago.com

Carl Fischer Music has joined forces with Yamaha, D’Addario and VH1 Save the Music to launch the Music For Your Schools Contest, designed to benefit school bands and orchestras in need.Carl Fischer Music has joined forces with Yamaha, D’Addario and VH1 Save the Music to launch the Music For Your Schools Contest, designed to benefit school bands and orchestras in need.

Entrants are asked to write a 200-word essay or create a three-minute video describing their school programs and how they would benefit from the prizes offered. Prizes include over $500 worth of music from Carl Fischer for all levels of winners, as well as accessories and maintenance from D’Addario and Yamaha.

Entries are due by July 15th, 2013 and should be submitted via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Winners will be notified via e-mail by August 1st, 2013.

www.carlfischer.com

The US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) recently announced its 2012 winners. [caption id="attachment_431513" align="alignnone" width="283"]Joshua Hanson Joshua Hanson[/caption]

The US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) recently announced its 2012 winners. The coveted ISC Grand Prize has been awarded to Irvine, California songwriter Joshua Hanson (Yellow Red Sparks), for his folk song "Monsters With Misdemeanors." The Grand Prize is ISC's highest honor, and prizes include $25,000 cash and over $40,000 in merchandise and services.

The competition received over 20,000 entries from 119 countries, making 2012 the most competitive year ever. The winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of celebrity and industry judges including Tom Waits; Nas, Bernie Taupin; Robert Smith (The Cure); Tegan and Sara; McCoy Tyner; Martina McBride; John Mayall; Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); and many others. More than $150,000 US in cash and prizes will be shared by the winners.

www.songwritingcompetition.com

Beloved founder of the highly influential Midwestern band instrument shop Quinlan & Fabish, George Quinlan, Sr. passed away this week at the age of 90.Beloved founder of the highly influential Midwestern band instrument shop Quinlan & Fabish, George Quinlan, Sr. passed away this week at the age of 90. Quinlan, who was featured in a recent retrospective on the company [http://www.mmrmagazine.com/7020/archives/february-2013/the-quinlans/] when they won the 2013 Don Johnson Service Award, was a World War II veteran who founded the business in 1959 in Chicago. Quinlan and Fabish currently operates at seven locations and employs 125. NAMM president Joe Lamond told SBO’s sister publication, MMR, “George Quinlan, Sr. has spent his life serving others and is the perfect example of all that is right with our industry. It would probably be impossible to calculate the number of young people who had the opportunity to learn music because of his efforts, but I’d imagine it would be in the tens of thousands, if not more.”

http://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/george-quinlan-sr

Andris Nelsons has been appointed the 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1881. arts-graphics-2008_1186031a

Andris Nelsons has been appointed the 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1881. The announcement was made Thursday by Chairman of the BSO Board of Trustees Ted Kelly, BSO Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Stephen B. Kay and Robert O'Block, and BSO managing director Mark Volpe, following a meeting of the orchestra's Board of Trustees earlier in the day at Symphony Hall. At 34 years old, Andris Nelsons is the youngest music director to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in over 100 years; he is also the first Latvian-born conductor to take on the post.

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Entrepreneurs and music industry icons Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre (Andre Young), already known as forward-thinking visionaries in music and business, are giving $70 million to USC to create a unique undergraduate experience. Dre_and-Iovine

Entrepreneurs and music industry icons Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre (Andre Young), already known as forward-thinking visionaries in music and business, are giving $70 million to USC to create a unique undergraduate experience.

The duo’s gift will establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, an environment for those rare undergraduate students whose interests span fields such as marketing, business entrepreneurship, computer science and engineering, audio and visual design, and the arts. The program will prepare them to become a new generation of inspired innovators.

The goal of the academy is to shape the future by nurturing the talents, passions, leadership and risk-taking of uniquely qualified students who challenge conventional views of art and industry. Iovine and Dre’s gift is part of The Campaign for the University of Southern California, a multiyear effort to secure $6 billion or more in private philanthropy to advance USC’s academic priorities and expand its positive impact on the community and world. Iovine co-founded Interscope Records in 1990, widely regarded as the home of some of music’s greatest artists, including Dr. Dre, Nine Inch Nails, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt and Lady Gaga, among others.

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Timeless Communications Corp. (TCC) – a Nevada corporation – announced today the acquisition of the assets of Symphony Publishing, based in Needham, Mass., publishers of Musical Merchandise Review (MMR), School Band & Orchestra (SBO), JAZZed, and Choral Director publications.LAS VEGAS – Timeless Communications Corp. (TCC) – a Nevada corporation – announced today the acquisition of the assets of Symphony Publishing, based in Needham, Mass., publishers of Musical Merchandise Review (MMR), School Band & Orchestra (SBO), JAZZed, and Choral Director publications. TCC currently publishes three business-to-business magazines serving the international live event technology industry and theater markets.

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“We’re excited to receive the stewardship of four exceptional magazines,” states, Terry Lowe, president. “It’s a perfect fit because currently we serve the professional entertainment world with our Projection Lights & Staging News (PLSN) and Front of House (FOH), and the professional, educational, and community theater worlds with Stage Directions. With this acquisition we’ll apply our business model and high level of service to the musical instrument industry and music educators sector. Symphony was a wholly owned subsidiary of Cleveland-based Zapis Capital Group. John McGovern, senior associate, W.B. Grimes & Company, represented Zapis in the transaction.

TCC founder Terry Lowe is a lifelong veteran of the publishing industry. In 1979 at the age of 24, he started an alternative monthly magazine in Indianapolis. He went on to work for Performance and Mix magazines before starting his own publishing firm. He founded PLSN in 1999, launched FOH in 2001, and purchased Stage Directions in 2007. The combined magazines have a circulation of 60,000 subscribers, of which 6,500 are in 120 countries outside of North America. With the addition of the Symphony titles, TCC will have over 100,000 professionals in music and event production subscribing to its seven magazines. Lowe is also co-founder and executive producer of the Parnelli Awards (parnelliawards.com), which is in its 13th year of honoring live event professionals.

Rick Kessel, MMR Associate Publisher and publisher of SBO, JAZZed and Choral Director added, "This is an exciting time for our magazines to become affiliated with a publishing company so closely aligned to ours. There are tremendous synergies between the two companies which will bring enhanced value to our customers.  I am sure our subscribers and advertisers will be very pleased with the new energy and vitality this merger brings to our titles."

MMR was founded in 1879 and is the oldest continuously published music trade magazine in the musical instrument industry. During the last decade and a half Symphony added SBO, which serves band and orchestra teachers; JAZZed, which serves jazz educators and is the official publication of the Jazz Educators Network; and Choral Director. All of these titles, along with the current TCC magazines, have a full complement of digital media products associated with them. Each magazine has its own website, email newsletter, and digital edition and is accessible on all mobile devices.

TCC will be enhancing all of the newly acquired titles with a redesign within the next 12 months, along with a revitalization of the infrastructure of digital transmissions to provide subscribers with more options and better ease of use.

The new magazines will be referred to as the Musical Instrument and Education Division of Timeless Communications Corp. With the acquisition, the current Needham, Mass., office will be closed as of June 1, with the production and business office of the magazine being transferred to Las Vegas. The new phone number as of June 1 will be 702-479-1879.

On May 11, 2013, the Rhythm! Discovery Center will present interactive drumming programs and offers free admission for all attendees in celebration of the grand opening of the Center’s new exhibit, Drums From the Circle City: The Leedy Drum Company from 1895-1930.RhythmFront

On May 11, 2013, the Rhythm! Discovery Center will present interactive drumming programs and offers free admission for all attendees in celebration of the grand opening of the Center’s new exhibit, Drums From the Circle City: The Leedy Drum Company from 1895-1930.

This interactive exhibit explores the rich history of the Indianapolis-based Leedy Drum Manufacturing Company and showcases the importance of percussion and manufacturing in Indianapolis at the turn of the 20th Century. The beginning of the Leedy Drum Company was a notable chapter in the history of Indianapolis and an integral slice in the history of the music industry, creating many innovations that still drive the drum and percussion industry today.

Rhythm! Discovery Center details the influence of the Leedy Company through archival photos, videos and sound recordings, as well as interactive displays highlighting some of the company’s first catalogs and magazines. A number of Leedy instruments manufactured in Indianapolis will be on display, both from our permanent collection and those generously loaned by the Leedy family and drum historian and Indianapolis resident, Harry Cangany. Drums From the Circle City will be on display until April, 2014.

www.rhythmdiscoverycenter.org/

As the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce in California celebrated its 90th anniversary this past month, the group honored the Museum of Making Music as one of two “Medium Business of the Decade” recipients.makingmusic

As the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce in California celebrated its 90th anniversary this past month, the group honored the Museum of Making Music as one of two “Medium Business of the Decade” recipients.

To mark the milestone anniversary, the pool of finalists for this year’s business awards was made up of past annual awards winners. Founded in 1998 by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the Museum of Making Music was developed to showcase and celebrate the music products industry. Since its opening in 2000, the Museum has provided opportunities for cultural enrichment while preserving our musical heritage through special exhibitions, innovative concerts and educational programs aimed toward a wide range of audiences. On permanent display are hundreds of vintage instruments, audio and video clips, and a vibrant interactive area. Organized chronologically, each gallery features the historic milestones, popular music and instruments of those eras.

www.museumofmakingmusic.org

A group of Texas students celebrated this year’s Earth day by building instruments out of recycled materials.Diboll

A group of Texas students celebrated this year’s Earth day by building instruments out of recycled materials. Students at Diboll Elementary, lead by a music teacher named Phyllis Kirkland, created an impromptu orchestra out of items like two-liter soda bottles, recyclable plastics, Christmas decorations, cereal boxes, and pizza boxes. students took recycling to a whole new level Monday. They celebrated Earth Day by making musical instruments out of recycled materials.

According to local news affiliate KLTV, the students included music students in grades K-3.

www.kltv.com/story/22042391/diboll

 


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