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The music recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) has announced that they will increase the number of school-based events they present in the year ahead.

Read more: Music Performance Trust Fund Welcomes Save The Music Foundation As a Co-Sponsor of Professional...

While most venues and schools face mandatory closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Frost School of Music has created the #FrostiesPerformForU initiative.

Read more: Frost School of Music Launches #FrostiesPerformForU

The GRAMMY Museum will debut never-before-released digital Public Programs from their archive while the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles is closed until further notice in light of COVID-19.

Read more: The Grammy Museum Shares Virtual Educational Content During Closure

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced that it will make access to DSO Replay — the on-demand video streaming archive of past DSO performances — free of charge to all users. DSO Replay is an online service available at

Read more: DSO Makes 'Replay' Video Archive Free

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After 40 years, I can still remember my first composition assignment. I was at music camp and we had an assignment for music theory class. I received a checklist (I do love checklists!) of items to include in my composition. Dutifully, I checked each item off the list, added the correct number of beats, etc, and stapled my check list on top of my work.

Read more: Addressing Barriers to Accessibility

In the face of school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Breezin’ Thru is offering access to both Breezin’ Thru Theory & Composing for free, for the duration of the closure.

Read more: Breezin’ Thru Theory & Composing for Free During COVID-19 School Closures

On Wednesday, March 18, The NAMM Foundation will host a free, online workshop called “Bridging the Gap: Teaching and Learning Music Online.” The webinar will begin at 9 AM PDT/ 12 PM EDT.

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Hosts Teaching and Learning Music Online Webinar This Wednesday

In light of the many school closings currently taking place due to COVID-19 concerns, SmartMusic has announced that it will grant free access to teachers through June 30.

Read more: SmartMusic Announces Free Subscriptions for Schools Impacted by COVID-19 Closings

Moog is opening its Minimoog sound app for iOS to free downloads amid cancellations of concerts and community gatherings across the globe.

Read more: Moog Music Offers Minimoog Sound App for Free Download

Due to school closures from mounting COVID-19 concerns, Noteflight has offered the ability for teachers to use Noteflight Learn with their students thorugh the end of June 2020.

Read more: Noteflight Offers Assistance With School Closure Lesson Planning and Teaching

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!

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