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As Clock Ticks, New Hurdles Mount Against the Music Modernization Act

July 19, 2018

The revised and amended Music Modernization Act that got the okay from the Senate Judiciary Committee June 28 was still garnering accolades from all sides of the music business days after its passing.

Yet, the proposed amendments to the bill — some that were added in the Senate and some that are still under consideration by lawmakers — are also raising new questions and concerns, including how to pay for the proposals.

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‘Sound Thinking NYC’ Music Education Program Launches to Help Young Women Pursuing Careers in the Music Industry

July 17, 2018

A pilot program launched by New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), City University of New York’s Creative Arts Team and non-profit NY Is Music is aiming to address the gender disparity in the music industry.

Together, the organizations have founded Sound Thinking NYC, a free education and career path program for young women in 11th and 12th grade who are interested in careers in music. The inaugural three-week program, which runs through July 27, introduces the students to music production, audio technology and sound recording.

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Bluegrass Museum Announces Details of Grand Opening

July 13, 2018

The organization says the $15 million building in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky, will celebrate its opening Oct. 18-20 with three days of music that highlight the past, present and future of bluegrass music.

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Aboard the Clearwater: Five Decades of Environmental Activism Rooted In Music

June 19, 2018

The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization, founded in 1966, is one of the nation’s oldest activist organizations with roots in music. It is widely recognized for its role in the decades-long cleanup of the Hudson, for its advocacy of environmental and social justice campaigns and for its environmental education, which has inspired other sailing-based programs nationwide. Its history of female captains has given it a unique role within the women’s movement. And from its mast flies a rainbow flag, a symbol of its trips dedicated to empowering LGBTQ young people.

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Mariachi Herencia de Mexico on Bringing Mariachi Music to the Charts While Staying True to Their Mexican Roots

June 15, 2018

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico is composed of teenagers, ages 11 to 19, from Chicago, whose new album – titled Herencia de la Tierra Mía – debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Latin Album Sales chart and No. 5 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart.

What started out as a music program for students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, the third largest district in the nation, in 2014 has become much more than he could ever envision, said Cesar Maldonado, founder of the education program.

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Capitol Music Group Graduates Inaugural Bonus Tracks Class

June 11, 2018

Six seniors at Dominguez High School represented the first graduating class from Capitol Records’ Bonus Tracks program.

Capitol launched Bonus Tracks on March 28 in partnership with Dominguez in Compton, California, and the Compton Unified School District. Dedicated to developing future executive talent, the 10-week after-school program offered weekly 90-minute sessions during which the students learned about the basic workings of a contemporary record label. The students also got the chance to interact and network with visiting Capitol executives who shared their knowledge and experiences.

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Manchester Unites in Song to Remember Victims of Ariana Grande Arena Bombing

May 23, 2018

The city of Manchester was united in song on Tuesday night, marking one year since 22 people were killed and more than 800 were injured in a suicide bomb attack outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

To mark the atrocity’s anniversary, a series of remembrance events took place across the city culminating in a mass sing-along. Thousands packed into Albert Square and its adjoining streets to be part of “Manchester Together – With One Voice,” a one-off community concert featuring performances from local choirs and encompassing over 3,000 singers in total.

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