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The Community Arts Program and the Dillard Center for the Arts are two of the fifteen finalists in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. The bands will travel to New York City in May to participate in workshops and jam sessions and to compete.

The Department of Transportation has missed its deadline to write regulations requiring airlines to accommodate musicians traveling with musical instruments. Two years ago Congress directed the department to craft rules requiring instruments to be stored where they fit in closets and overhead bins. The department cites lack of funding from Congress as the reason for their inability to meet the deadline.

The European Parliament has agreed to revisions of regulations that would require airlines to accept smaller musical instruments into passenger cabins, similar to the rulings made in the United States two years ago. Currently, each airline sets their own policy, which varies from airline to airline. The changes now go to the European Council, which has the authority to adopt the regulations.

The Kravis Center has received $5 million from the estate of Helen K. Persson. Persson, who passed away last year, was a life trustee of the Center. The gift will be applied to the Center's endowment fund.

The Kennedy Center has received $1 million from Newman's Own Foundation. The gift will endow the Center's "Any Given Child" program, which supplies comprehensive arts curricula to underserved school districts around the country.

Lourdes Lopez has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation. Lopez has been the artistic director of the Miami City Ballet since 2012.


SoundExchange paid musicians over $590 million in 2013, increasing payments by nineteen percent from 2012. SoundExchange collects and distributes to artists digital performance royalties from satellite radio and Internet radio.


Richard Hayman has passed away at age 93. Hayman was conductor of the Florida sunshine Pops since its founding in 2000. He also served as the pops conductor of the St. Louis Symphony from 1976 until 2002, and was chief arranger for the Boston Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and John Williams.

The Minnesota Orchestra has returned to work after a 16-month lockout. Their first post-lockout concert was conducted by conductor laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who served as music director from 1960 until 1979. It is unclear if music director Osmo Vanska, who resigned during the lockout, will return to the orchestra.


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