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Fort Lauderdale commissioners have approved a $78,960 music series to be implemented by Wizard Entertainment. The series, dubbed Saturday Night Alive, will consist of several concerts over four consecutive Saturdays, possibly as early as August, to be held along the beach from Harbor Beach Parkway to Sunrise Boulevard.


The World Copyright Summit was held in Washington last month. Issues discussed during the two-day event included rights in the digital domain, unauthorized use of copyrighted material on YouTube and other Internet sites, and the Performance Royalty Act.


Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet have each received $50,000 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants support the preservation of jobs that are threatened by the economic downturn.

The four-year-old Opera Naples has purchased a home in East Naples. The building will be used for administrative offices, set and costume construction and storage, and rehearsal space. The Opera also intends to produce children's and experimental operas to small audiences in their new facility.

United Arts of Central Florida has set aside $200,000 to keep opera alive in central Florida, following the bankruptcy filing of the Orlando Opera Company. The funds may be used as a bridge to assist the Orlando Philharmonic in performing concert operas with the hope that a new opera company will be in place when the Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Performing Arts Center opens. The Center is scheduled to open in 2012, but delays may push back the opening by at least two to three years.

The Saint Louis Symphony saw an increase in revenue of 15 percent for this past season. The increase is attributed to the launching of a Casual Classics series, concerts featuring popular music, and an increasing presence on the radio.

Stagehands at the Metropolitan Opera have agreed to extend their contract by one year and delay their scheduled three percent salary increase by one year. The Met had asked for a ten percent pay cut.

The musicians of the North Carolina Symphony have agreed to forgo a four percent pay raise, cut their season by six weeks to 37 weeks, and take a week of unpaid furlough. The orchestra's music director will be taking a ten-percent pay cut, and its president and CEO will be taking a thirty-percent pay cut.


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