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Milwaukee Raises Needed Funds

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced it has successfully completed its $5 million emergency fundraising drive thanks to 1,408 new individual donors who made average contributions of $340.25 each. The campaign, which began in December, was necessary to pay off a $2 million shortfall and plan a balanced budget for the 2014-2015 season.

Canadian Juno Gala to be Streamed Live

For the first time this year the Juno Gala Dinner & Awards, held March 29, the evening before the 2014 Juno Awards Broadcast, will be streamed live on The Juno awards are given out annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) to the stars of Canadian music. New members are […]

Early Release of Cash’s “Lost LP”

A long anticipated album of 12 previously unheard songs that Johnny Cash recorded between 1981 and 1984 is finally available today. The label had dropped Cash before the songs were released and set the master tapes aside. They were discovered by archivists at Sony Legacy and Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, last year. Among the […]

Rapper Common Supporting Nissan Workers

Rap star and actor Common will perform on Friday at Jackson State University at a free concert to support the United Auto Workers’ attempt to organize Nissan Canton.  The United Auto Workers (UAW) is currently running a campaign to push for a union vote at the Canton, Mississippi location.  Common will be joined by other local […]


Blow Me Over Hohner’s AirBoard, is a portable, air powered, keyboard instrument. And like its decades-old invention, the melodica, AirBoard requires no cables, no computer, and no electricity. Available in 32- and 37-key versions, the AirBoard’s sharp design, striking padded travel bag, and ergonomic BlowFlow mouthpiece, target a new generation of musicians.

Neil Young Reaches Kickstarter Goal in One Day

It only took a mere 10 hours before Neil Young, member of Local 47, reached his Kickstarter goal of $800,000.  As of this morning, March 13th, his Kickstarter page has over $2 million in funding, and is set to run until April 15th.  Young launched his Kickstarter campaign this past Tuesday, March 11th.  The money will go […]

EU Scraps Plans for Download Levy

The British Government has blocked a plan by the European Union that would have raised money to help young musicians through a levy on the sale of iPads and other tablets. The levy has already been adopted by numerous European Union states and is part of a directive aimed at legalizing the copying of music, […]

Black Keys T-Shirts Support Little League

Akron, Ohio, natives and AFM Local 24 (Akron, OH) members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys remain loyal to their roots. Recalling how Little League was a positive influence in their childhoods, the duo first sponsored a team last year, the West Akron Orioles, who had “The Black Keys” printed on their […]

Local 257 Members Top Billboard’s List of Money-Makers

Billboard’s listing of highest paid musicians in 2013 ranked Taylor Swift of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) in the top spot earning $39,699,576, followed by Local 257 member Kenny Chesney who earned $32,956,240 this year. The results were based on data from Nielsen SoundScan and Broad Data Systems, Boxscore stats, and include sales and spins on […]

Kings of Leon Create Nostalgic Super 8 Video

Kings of Leon’s latest video for their tune “Temple,” features footage in and around Music City shot on a 8mm camera to give it a blurry, nostalgic look. It also features the children of the Followill brothers, all members of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) who make-up the group. The video is a complete family affair […]