All County Music Establishes Music Education Relief Fund

August 7, 2018

All County Music’s president, Fred Schiff, presented a $15,000 check to the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) at their spring board meeting to establish the Mel and Sally Schiff Music Education Relief Fund.

This fund provides financial aid to FMEA members’ music programs in Florida that have suffered hardships in situations of natural disasters, fire, theft, and other unforeseen circumstances.

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The D’Addario Foundation Plans Additional Instrument Drive

July 20, 2018

Following the successful instrument drives at Ace Hotel properties in Chicago and Pittsburgh, the D’Addario Foundation and Hungry for Music have partnered with the Ace Hotel in DTLA for a west coast instrument collection event.

The D’Addario Foundation, Hungry for Music and Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation supports independent not-for-profits that develop free, immersive music instruction programs in neighborhoods hit hardest by budget cuts.

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Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

June 28, 2018

Marking its 30th anniversary, the Yamaha Young Performing Artists program recognized the 2018 winners during its annual Celebration Weekend, held June 23 to 25, 2018 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

With the inclusion of this year’s 11 winners, exactly 300 musicians have earned the “YYPA winner” distinction throughout the program’s rich and illustrious history.

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Alfred Music Supports Launch of Smart Women in Music Initiative

June 26, 2018

Alfred Music will contribute support to female leaders in the music products industry as they are combining their energies and resources to establish The Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Fund, a fund designed to foster and support female industry professionals at various stages of their careers.

The fund, led by Robin Walenta, Crystal Morris, and DeDe Heid, aims to support women in the industry in three key areas: offering mentoring, learning and professional development opportunities at The NAMM Show and Summer NAMM; job shadowing of female leaders at industry events; and in-company residencies.

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Yamaha Donates Keyboards to New Afterschool Program

May 11, 2018

Yamaha Corporation of America and Music Exchange have donated 16 Yamaha portable 88-key keyboards and accessories to a new San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) afterschool music education program.

Funded by the Koret Foundation, it will launch in the summer of 2018 and will comprise core offerings of individual and group piano instruction, basic music theory, individual singing lessons and chorus.

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Behzad Ranjbaran’s ‘We Are One’ Premieres at Carnegie Hall

May 8, 2018

Behzad Ranjbaran’s We Are One for chorus and orchestra was premiered on May 7, 2018 by the Oratorio Society of New York (OSNY) under the direction of Kent Tritle at Carnegie Hall.

The work, which incorporates a variety of texts in multiple languages, is described by the composer as “an expression of our shared desire for respect, justice, freedom, and peace.”

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Yamaha Helps Dayton Public Schools Restore Instrumental Music Program

May 4, 2018

From April 17 through 19, Dayton Public Schools (DPS) celebrated the rebirth of its long-dormant instrumental music program, with Yamaha Corporation of America on hand to help make it happen.

Yamaha worked in partnership with Dayton-based Winter Guard International Sport of the Arts (WGI) and Music Education Consultants, Inc. (MEC) to bring artists and educators to a student body that has been without a band program for more than a decade.

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