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Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum Present 2019 Music Educator Award to Jeffery Redding

February 7, 2019

Dr. Jeffery Redding of West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, has been announced as the recipient of the 2019 Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy™ and GRAMMY Museum®. In addition, nine music teachers have been announced as finalists for the award. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations and applications for the 2020 Music Educator Award are now open via www.grammymusicteacher.com.

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The Wallis Collaborates with Composer Stephen Schwartz for ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop

February 5, 2019

The 2019 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop, in partnership with Universal Theatrical Group (UTG) and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis), returns to The Wallis’ Beverly Hills campus in May marking the fourth consecutive year for this creative collaboration. The acclaimed workshop series gives participating composers and lyricists the rare opportunity to present selections from original musical works-in-progress for professional critique.

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The Cast of RENT on Fox Performs Live Concert Version – Watch Highlights!

January 28, 2019

RENT on FOX officially aired last night, January 27. Due to an injury suffered by the production’s Roger, Brennin Hunt, portions of the show were pre-recorded, but the show must go on!

The star-studded cast included actress Kiersey Clemons (Joanne Jefferson), Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Brandon Victor Dixon (Tom Collins), singer/songwriter Jordan Fisher (Mark Cohen), actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens (Maureen Johnson), newcomer and singer/songwriter Brennin Hunt (Roger Davis), R&B/Pop superstar Mario (Benjamin Coffin III), recording artist Tinashe (Mimi Marquez) and performer Valentina (Angel Dumont Schunard).

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, and James Corden Perform 22 Musicals in 12 Minutes

December 19, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt are gearing up for the premiere of their new film Mary Poppins Returns, which hits cinemas December 19!

The pair stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden, where they, along with Corden, took on the challenge of performing songs from 22 musicals in 12 minutes. Miranda, Blunt, and Corden performed from Cabaret to Chicago, Guys and Dolls to Hairspray, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, and many, many more.

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See All of the Thrillifying Performances from ‘A Very Wicked Halloween’

October 31, 2018

To celebrate “Wicked’s” 15th anniversary on Broadway, NBC threw a joyous Halloween party for the ages. This televised concert featured songs from the blockbuster musical hit “Wicked” and showcased a cavalcade of special guest stars to help celebrate the music and the magic of the show that tells the story of what happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in. Check out all the performances from the special!

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The ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ EXPO Set for May 2-4

September 14, 2018

ASCAP, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced that the 14th edition of its signature event, the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, will return to the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles on May 2 – 4, 2019.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is renowned for providing aspiring songwriters and composers with networking opportunities, one-on-one feedback and real-world advice from hitmaking songwriters.

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Newport Festivals Foundation Announces Donation to LA’s The Harmony Project on Behalf of Lucius

August 30, 2018

On behalf of 2018 Newport Folk Festival performer Lucius, Newport Festivals Foundation has donated $5,000 to the Harmony Project – a nonprofit that provides free music instruction and instruments to youth in underserved areas of LA. The funds will be used to underwrite expenses for Harmony Project’s Leimert Park vocal/choir program – specifically the teacher’s salary and music supplies (purchasing music, music stands, etc). The choir program engages students in a collaborative choir setting, and incorporates spoken word, poetry, and songwriting into the curriculum.

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Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Announces 2018-2019 Grant Recipients for PlayUSA

July 20, 2018

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) today announced the 2018-2019 grant recipients for PlayUSA, a program that supports a wide range of instrumental music education projects across the United States, all specifically designed to reach low-income and underserved students on a local level. For its fourth year, Carnegie Hall has selected 15 organizations, including 2 new partners, Buffalo String Works and MYCincinnati, for a total of $505,000 in grants. In addition to financial support, the grantees join a nationwide network of innovative organizations committed to providing transformative music education opportunities for youth across the country.

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