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High School Teacher Jared Cassedy Receives Music Educator Award

Jared Cassedy, a name no one really knows, has just become a Grammy winner. For the second year, the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation are presenting the Grammy Music Educator award.

Vintage Radio and Record Ads

With the Grammy’s this Sunday, it’s a great time to take a look back in time to see where music came from. Thanks to the great people at we have a series of old advertisements relating to radio and records.

The Black Keys Donate Song to PETA

The seven-time Grammy Award winners, The Black Keys of local 24 (Akron, OH) have donated their song “Howlin’ for You” to PETA for free, to be used in an ad promoting animal adoption.

Union Musicians Book New Strip Shows

Frank Leone, the 14-year president of the Musicians Union of Las Vegas, Local 369, is impressed with the turnaround of orchestra’s being hired for the Strip.

AFM Partners with Government and Airlines to Resolve Long Overdue Inconsistent Policies

On December 29, 2014, Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx issued a final rule regarding the carriage of musical instruments onboard US air carriers. The rule was published in the Federal Register January 5, 2015 and is scheduled to go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, around March 6.

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Renown Drum Kits

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PRS P245 Guitar

Perfect for players who prefer short-scale guitars, the PRS P245 is a vintage-inspired single-cutaway guitar with an LR Baggs/PRS piezo system to provide both electric and authentic acoustic tones.

Rachel Pine Performs for Homeless Shelter

The largest homeless shelter in Washing D.C. the D.C. Community for Creative Non Violence, which feeds over a thousand homeless people, experienced a world renowned guest – professional violinist Rachel Barton Pine. She has played around the world and is internationally known, but she decided to play for only a dozen people this time.