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Recent News

UN Recognizes Reggae

The United Nations’ cultural agency, Unesco, has inscripted reggae—a uniquely Jamaican musical tradition—into its collection of important cultural practices around the world.

Sphinx Program to Empower Arts Leadership

Empowered by a $1.5 million grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization is launching a new initiative, Sphinx LEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts & Diversity), to inspire and cultivate minority arts leaders.

Funds Dry Up for Largest Chamber Music Competition

Announced in October 2015, the M-Prize chamber music competition will not continue in 2019. For three years, M-Prize, with its $100,000 grand prize, was the biggest chamber music competition in the world.

Russia Locked Him Up but He’s Still Directing in Switzerland

Kirill Serebrennikov, a leading stage and film director in Russia, is currently directing a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte from 1,400 miles away.

Music Pirating Still Common Among One-Third of World’s Population

A customer insight report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) recently found that 38% of consumers are still obtaining music illegally.

Auschwitz Music Brought to Life By U-M Professor and Students

The piece, one of the few works arranged and performed at Auschwitz to remain in tact, is titled “The Most Beautiful Time of Life” (Die Schönste Zeit des Lebens).


Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Edward Polochick, Handel: Messiah

This recording of Handel’s “Messiah” features the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, members of Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD), the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, Soprano Jennifer O’Loughlin, Alto Diana Moore, Tenor Nicholas Phan, and Bass Sidney Outlaw.

L’album est-il condamné à disparaître?

To view this article in English, click here. Dans un récent article paru dans le magazine Rolling Stone cite des statistiques alarmantes sur l’érosion toujours plus marquée de l’ancien modèle de l’industrie musicale, les consommateurs se tournant de plus en plus vers l’achat de pistes individuelles. Selon la Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), les […]

Symphony Brings Together Music, Science, Education and Art

On October 31 and November 1, the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) performed four concerts at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center that brought together science, education, art, and music.

Music Lessons Unavailable to Low Income Families

A recent study performed by the Musicians’ Union (MU) in the UK found that families with a household income below £28,000 (around $36,000) are half as likely to provide a child the opportunity to learn an instrument as families with household income of £48,000 ($61,600 or more).