A record 51 college students pursuing careers in the music products industry are making plans to attend the 2013 NAMM Show having received the NAMM Foundation’s President’s Innovation award. A record 51 college students pursuing careers in the music products industry are making plans to attend the 2013 NAMM Show having received the NAMM Foundation’s President’s Innovation award. Cash grants of $600 are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students who have expressed commitment and aptitude for business leadership and innovation in the music products industry. Recipients hail from colleges across the country, including the University of Colorado at Denver, Northeastern University, University of Miami, Indiana State University, and more.

Students will convene in Anaheim, Calif. from Jan. 24-27 to explore careers in the music industry by learning firsthand from industry leaders in sessions designed just for students and with access to retailers and manufacturers from around the world attending the NAMM Show. The President’s Innovation Award recipients also participate in the NAMM Generation Next program. The program offers daily educational sessions and volunteer opportunities with leading music product and pro-light and sound brands during the trade show.

College music majors interested in registering for the “NAMM Generation Next” collegiate program can RSVP here.

A video began making the rounds last week featuring a group called The Recycled Orchestra in Paraguay. A video began making the rounds last week featuring a group called The Recycled Orchestra in Paraguay. The group provides at-risk youth with opportunities to play music by sourcing instrument materials from the land beneath their feet, which happens to be a landfill.  The video is a trailer for an upcoming feature-length documentary.

http://vimeo.com/52711779

Software developer Touchpress recently unveiled the new comprehensive iPad app The Orchestra, which combines in-depth video, audio, musical scores, and performances from the London-based Philarmonia Orchestra for an immersive and eye-opening experience. Software developer Touchpress recently unveiled the new comprehensive iPad app The Orchestra, which combines in-depth video, audio, musical scores, and performances from the London-based Philarmonia Orchestra for an immersive and eye-opening experience. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is on hand along with the musicians for in-depth commentary and an interactive guide to every instrument in the orchestra.  A feature dubbed the “Blinking Lights Panel” envisions the entire orchestra as a series of individual dots, each representing an individual instrument that lights up during the performance whenever that instrument is playing.

Check Touchpress’s design blog post about the app here. http://www.touchpress.com/blog/2012/12/our-creative-director-waxes-lyrical-about-orchestra/

Influential Indian sitar musician Ravi Shankar died this week at the age of 92. Shankar came to prominence in the West after he collaborated with the Beatles on hits like “Norwegian Wood” and “Within You, Without You.” George Harrison referred to him as “The Godfather of World Music.”  Shankar’s career spanned nearly 80 years, performing at great venues throughout the world and seeing his compositions performed by groups like the London Philharmonic. He went on to work with musicians and composers as diverse as Philip Glass, John Coltrane, and flutist Jean-Pierre Rampa. Shankar was also the father of pop singer Norah Jones.

A program for training and providing inner-city Atlanta students with quality instruments has seen its enrollment increase nearly four times over in the two years since its founding.A program for training and providing inner-city Atlanta students with quality instruments has seen its enrollment increase nearly four times over in the two years since its founding. The Atlanta Music Project, started by classical bassoonist Dantes Rameau, now provides over 87 students at three different sites with a great way to get involved in music. All that’s required of the students is that they attend all rehearsals and performances. Parents pay for the classes on a sliding scale, according to their financial capabilities. The program has a budget of $500,000, generally funded by donations.

This past year, the group won a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for over $120,000 which is planned to be used to create the Atlanta Music Project Academy, designed to offer private lessons to the top 22 players in the project and to offer them master classes. www.atlantamusicproject.org

Participants and spectators at Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships donated more than $11,000 during the November 8-10 event at Lucas Oil Stadium. Participants and spectators at Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships donated more than $11,000 during the November 8-10 event at Lucas Oil Stadium. Music for All asked attendees to support all of the victims of Hurricane Sandy by making donations in the name of all of the bands in America to the American Red Cross. All of the funds were presented to the Indianapolis office of the American Red Cross in honor of Music for All and ALL of the band and music students and boosters in Americaduring a presentation at Avon High School on November 20, 2012.

The Hurricane Relief initiative started with a $100 donation from Music for All’s President and CEO, Eric Martin. Additional funds were accepted at the Music for All Information & Awareness Booth on the concourse of Lucas Oil Stadium. On Saturday during Semi-Finals and Finals of the Championships, volunteers from Avon High School Orchestra from Indiana came through the stands with buckets to accept donations.

Music for All hopes that this Grand National’s initiative becomes a catalyst to inspire a student participant lead and driven commitment to create, determine, and support a special Bands of America project benefiting others at each Grand Nationals, beginning November 2013.

www.musicforall.org

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools has announced OrchLab, a music-in-schools program for elementary, middle and high school students in Maryland’s Montgomery County.The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools has announced OrchLab, a music-in-schools program for elementary, middle and high school students in Maryland’s Montgomery County. For the 2012-2013 academic year, OrchLab will be piloted in 23 of the schools located in the Downcounty and Northeast Consortia of the MCPS System. To launch the program, student musicians from the A. Mario Loiederman Middle and Wheaton High Schools had the unique experience this month of sitting onstage adjacent to their instrumental counterparts for the BSO’s rehearsal of Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8” under the direction of Maestra Alsop at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. In advance of this session, the BSO Library provided parts and scores to the students for study.

OrchLab is an outgrowth of BSO on the Go, the Orchestra’s education outreach program that has provided more than 12,000 students with classroom instruction and performances from BSO musicians since that program’s start five years ago.

www.bsomusic.org

SBO magazine is seeking volunteers for the fourth annual Best Tools for Schools presentation at the NAMM Show in Anaheim California, January 25-27, 2013.SBO magazine is seeking volunteers for the fourth annual Best Tools for Schools presentation at the NAMM Show in Anaheim California, January 25-27, 2013. Educators attending the show are encouraged to pick up a ballot from the SBO booth, and then walk the convention floor in search of the best items for classroom use in a number of relevant categories. SBO is also looking for individuals interested in being on the panel that will help select and present the Best Tools for Schools at a presentation at the NAMM Idea Center on Sunday, Jan 27th.

Educators who would like to participate should contact SBO editor Eliahu Sussman [email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] for more information. Learn more here: www.sbomagazine.com/resources/tools-for-schools/

The Percussive Arts Society recently brought the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) to Texas for a four-day celebration of everything percussion and drums.The Percussive Arts Society recently brought the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) to Texas for a four-day celebration of everything percussion and drums. Over 6,000 drummers and percussionists descended upon Austin, Texas to enjoy over 120 sessions, reconnect with fellow percussionists, and make new friends in the percussion world. Austin also housed 113 exhibitors for the International Drum & Percussion Expo, the world’s premier event to see what is new within the drum and percussion industry.

Highlights from PASIC 2012 included many great competitions, concerts, clinics and an over-flowing Expo hall. A day of competitions welcomed the return of the competitive Marching Percussion Festival format, with over 110 entries spanning high school and college ensembles and individual performers. Breakout sessions included the U.S. Marine Band Percussion Section, a trip to a Brazilian Carnival with Austin’s own Academicos Da Opera, professional development sessions by Zoro and others, and clinics and concerts with Stanton Moore, Rajna Swaminthan and Michael Burritt. A standing-room crowd witnessed a clinic by Jhair Sala, Pedrito Martinez and Steve Gadd. Ari Hoenig and Mike Mangini each displayed their legendary drumset skills.

Concerts included an evening concert celebrating the 100th birthday of John Cage through performances by Percussion Group Cincinnati, red fish blue fish, Steven Schick and Benjamin Toth. Other performances were given by musicians like steel pan artist Andy Narrel, the University of North Texas Steel Band, the McCallum High School Steel Band, the Joe Locke-Geoffrey Keezer Group, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and more.

www.pas.org

Berklee College of Music has updated its comprehensive directory of salary ranges for U.S. music positions including performance, business, audio technology, education, and music therapy. Berklee College of Music has updated its comprehensive directory of salary ranges for U.S. music positions including performance, business, audio technology, education, and music therapy. First released in 2010, “Music Careers in Dollars and Cents” has been revised for 2012 to keep up with a constantly changing industry.

New features include updated salary and job information; and more detailed salary ranges for many positions, such as TV and Film Score Composer, Music Supervisor, and Songwriter/Lyricist. Job titles like Video Game Composer, Film Score Conductor, and Concert Hall Manager that were not included in the previous edition have been added. A flowchart on negotiating a job offer and a resources section that includes professional music organizations and associations are also new, along with artist revenue trends with information from the Future of Music Coalition’s recent survey.

The study shows salaries trending upwards for certain positions (Orchestral Musician, Assistant Professor, Public Relations Specialist), while others are seeing a decline (Commercial Jingle Composer, A&R Representative, Music Education Administrator). Some changes are due to more comprehensive data collection, but market factors are also at work. “It’s important to remember, despite our best research efforts, all salaries represent only ranges, dependent on numerous variables,” said Peter Spellman, Director of Berklee’s Career Development Center.

“Music Careers in Dollars and Cents” also includes an expanded Emerging Career Paths section highlighting current positions that are expected to experience continued growth in the coming years. These titles include Mobile Music App Developer, Social Media Manager, Integrated Marketing, Content Acquisition, Audio Advertising Producer, Online Video Music Teacher, and Creative Arts Therapist.

In addition to emerging careers, the study covers a broad range of more traditional music-related fields, including orchestral, Broadway, and studio musician – with information on union rates and scales; choir director; arranger; conductor; instrument maker; A&R representative; artist manager; music attorney; live sound; record producer and engineer; audiologist; and music teacher.

www.berklee.edu/studentlife/cdc.html.

 


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