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After announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Virginia International Tattoo performances due to the increasing threat of COVID-19, the Virginia Arts Festival has joined with regional public media powerhouse WHRO to broadcast a special one hour edition of the 2016 Virginia International Tattoo on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 9 p.m. 

Read more: Virginia Arts Festival Announces WHRO TV to Broadcast 2016 Virginia International Tattoo on May 1

In this rapidly changing, extremely challenging time in our market and society, Mapex Drums is responding to drummers who are now spending the bulk of their time at home.

Read more: Mapex Launches New Campaign with a New Focus ‘Stay at Home, Learn at Home, Play at Home’

The New England Conservatory (NEC) will offer virtual school vacation week musical storytelling concerts on YouTube, every day from April 20 to 24 at 11 a.m.

Read more: New England Conservatory Offers School Vacation Week Musical Storytelling Concerts on YouTube

To encourage musicians to stay creative during these unprecedented times, Steinberg has designed the #StayHome Elements Collection so music makers can create in the comfort of their own home. From now until May 15, the collection is completely free to use for 60 days.

Read more: Steinberg Offers #StayHome Elements Collection

The Midwest Clinic has announced the launch of their 75th Anniversary Logo Contest. All are welcome to submit a design for consideration, but students are especially encouraged to participate.

Read more: Midwest Clinic 75th Anniversary Logo Contest

Hal Leonard announced today the release of Hal Leonard Digital Books, a new streaming platform designed to provide musicians of all instruments and skill levels with a fully-interactive, multimedia experience for hundreds of their most popular titles.

Read more: Hal Leonard Launches Revolutionary New Digital Books

Conn-Selmer has shared that they will present this year's Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI), their annual professional development conference, in a virtual environment.

Read more: Conn-Selmer Shares Details for 2020 Digital-Only Conn-Selmer Institute

Hal Leonard has shared a variety of online offerings to help teachers who are navigating work-from-home situations and distance learning.

Read more: Hal Leonard Helps Music Teachers Navigate the Distance Learning Landscape

Buffet Crampon USA has announced the launch of a new Q&A series held via Facebook Live. These sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 2p.m. EST, and will run through the end of April.

Read more: Buffet Crampon USA Announces Q&A Webcast Series

J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc. has found a solution to a problem many music teachers, directors and students have during this difficult time - that is, most of their sheet music that allows them to keep making music was left in closed schools and facilities. To make things more challenging, if a teacher had a copy of a composition, it often could not be shared electronically with ensemble members because of licensing restrictions.

Read more: J.W. Pepper Creates New Tool to Overcome an Unexpected Barrier to Music Education

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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