Music News 11.7.17

The Grammy Music Education Coalition Launches

Today marks the launch of the Grammy Music Education Coalition, a non-profit collective made-up of more than 30 of the nation’s progressive music education organizations including the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foudation, and Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

Essentially, the Coalition exists to boost the populous of youth creating, playing, and performing music in public schools across the country, or as Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow put it, “the big dream was what if we were able to pool our energy, efforts, and resources with others in the music industry who are also doing fine work in music education to attack this big dream of every young person having the opportunity to be involved with music through the public school system?”

The primary focus of GMEC is underserved communities, so the program will initially roll out in Nashville, New York City, and Philadelphia. The Coalition’s strategy is to provide customized funding and services to each community, with the endgame of creating a robust, self-sustaining infrastructure.

SXSW 2018 Second Wave of Artists

SXSW has announced the second wave of bands performing at this year’s megafest. That list includes Annabelle Chairlegs, Faith Healer, Gordi, Holly Miranda, Liza Anne, Molly Burch, Tank and the Bangas, Walker Lukens, and Ume. SXSW music runs from March 12-the 18th of next year.

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