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Roland and Point Blank Music School (London, UK) have announced a partnership which will see Roland Cloud, the instrument manufacturer’s software instrument service, integrated across Point Blank’s UK sites, starting in January 2021.

Read more: Roland Cloud Partners with Point Blank Music School

The Aberdeen School District will pay a $2,000,000 settlement to former student Maria Joyner following a sexual abuse case involving one of the district’s former band teachers, according to a report from ABC News.

Read more: Joyner Receives $2 Million Settlement from Aberdeen School District in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS), in collaboration with the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, plans to expand their mid-summer JAS Academy program in 2021 to include a new “Combo/Small Ensemble Session.”

Read more: JAS Academy Will Expand to Four Weeks in 2021 in Collaboration with Frost School of Music

Carnegie Hall, in partnership with the New York City Department of Probation (DOP), has announced that hundreds of young people from across New York City will participate in free digital creative workshops—including music production, theater, culinary arts, documentary filmmaking, visual art, and more—as part of NeON Arts.

Read more: NeON Arts Digital Workshops in Winter 2020 Offer Creative Learning Experiences Across New York City

After more than three months of negotiations, the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257, have reached an agreement that will provide the Musicians of the Nashville Symphony — who were furloughed July 1 — with an interim stipend that will begin January 3, 2021.

Read more: Furloughed Orchestra Musicians and Nashville Symphony Reach Agreement for Interim Stipend

Due to popular demand, the Virginia Arts Festival has added six performances of the new production with the illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven.

Read more: Virginia Arts Festival Adds 2021 Dates for Scott Silven's ‘The Journey’ Virtual Show

The GRAMMY Museum has announced the December schedule for COLLECTION:live, the GRAMMY Museum's new official online streaming service. The service is available for $2.99/month or $29.99 a year, and proceeds benefit the Museum's music education initiatives and help keep the Museum's mission alive while the physical location remains closed due to COVID-19.

Read more: GRAMMY Museum Announces Digital Museum's December Schedule

Seeing a need to keep ensemble music going during the pandemic, GPG Music developed Our Virtual Ensemble (OVE), a music curriculum and platform for Performing Arts Educators to continue teaching and inspiring their students through adjusted learning environments.

Read more: Our Virtual Ensemble Creates Curriculum for Music Teachers to Overcome Virtual Learning Barriers 

Responding to the needs of teachers and parents overseeing learning from home during COVID-19, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) has expanded its range of digital music education offerings now available for free to educators around the globe.

Read more: Carnegie Hall's Extensive Catalogue of Free Online Music Education Resources Available to Educators

Practicing Musician is looking for volunteers to join the Professional Development Roundtable, which will consist of Regional Representatives across the United States, to identify what professional development and/or teaching tools are needed in the field of music education.

Read more: Practicing Musician Calls For Regional Representatives

Directors who make a Difference

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO? Tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

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