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Now in its 25th season, the Delray Beach Center for the Arts is launching in-house theatrical productions. After years of relying on touring and imported productions, the Center will be drawing upon local talent for its production of Chorus Line.

The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan has filed for bankruptcy. The Plaza Theatre replaced Florida Stage when it filed bankruptcy in 2011. Owner Alana Jacobson cited poor summer ticket sales as the reason for the bankruptcy filing.

Actors Equity has launched a campaign to educate the public about nonunion theater tours. The online campaign began in September.

The European Union is drawing up plans to require airlines to allow smaller musical instruments on board airplanes. If adopted, the rules could become effective in early 2015.

Miami Music Project has received a $75,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant. The grant will be used to hire 30 teaching artists to provide El Sistema-style music instruction in Little Haiti, Liberty City, Little Havana, and Doral.


Miami-Dade County Commission's Economic Development committee has given initial approval for a $10 million grant to Miami Ocean Studios. If approved by the full commission, the grant will be used to build a 900,000-square-foot movie production facility on county land near Miami Gardens.


The Jacksonville Symphony has hired Robert Massey as its new President and CEO. Massey, who received a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory, has served as executive director of the Washington Bach Consort, and more recently as the head of Orchestra Iowa.

The Jacksonville Symphony has reached agreement on a new three-year contract with musicians, through the 2016-17 season. The new agreement calls for wage increases of 2.5 percent in the first two years and 1.5 percent in the final year.

The New York Philharmonic has announced a five-year residency in Ann Arbor (MI). The residency begins in October 2015 and the Philharmonic will make three extended appearances between 2015 and 2020. The Berlin Philharmonic and an unnamed orchestra will appear in alternating seasons.

The Longy School of Music and Bard College are forming a new training orchestra modeled after the New World Symphony. The orchestra will offer a three-year master's degree program and will pay stipends to musicians. Bard College President Leon Botstein has likened the program to medical residencies for postgraduate musicians.

The New York Philharmonic has announced the start of Global Academy. Building on existing partnerships with the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and the Music Academy of the West, the program will have Philharmonic musicians traveling to Shanghei and Santa Barbara to play and teach, and students traveling to New York City to train and perform.

The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta has received $38 million from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. $25 million will go towards the Center's endowment fund and $8 million will go to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra endowment, provided that the Center raise an additional $25 million in donations in the next two years.


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