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FastTrack elects officers and establishes Paris headquarters

In July, 2000, the Chief Executive Officers of five leading copyright organizations agreed to a new partnership called FastTrack. Together, these five organizations represent approximately 38 percent of the global collections for musical works, or more than $1.6 billion USD annually. In September, the FastTrack Board of Directors, meeting in Santiago prior to the opening […]

ASCAP Launches “Junior ASCAP Members (J.A.M.)” Program

Photo by Melinda Wilson The American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has introduced the Junior ASCAP Members or J.A.M. Created to support and nurture the talents of high school music students, ASCAP J.A.M. hopes to educate them, as well, on the value of music and the importance of intellectual property rights. Phil Crosland, […]

NewMusicBox to Begin Concert Streaming in Late November

Photo by Melissa Richard Beginning on November 22, 2000, the New York State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the American Music Center, will begin Webcasting concerts on NewMusicBox. The concerts will be broadcast from a variety of locations throughout New York. Each concert will be featured on NewMusicBox for one month, and will […]

Lee Erwin, Theater Organist and Composer, Dies at 92

Lee Erwin, a theater organist who composed scores for more than 70 silent films and whose performances helped create a revival of interest in silent films during the 1970s, died on September 21st at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 92. Mr. Erwin was an energetic musician who maintained a fairly busy performing schedule […]

U.K. Festival of American Music Spotlights John Corigliano

John Coriglianophoto credit Christian Steiner Music of John Corigliano will provide the main focus for the Royal Northern College of Music‘s American Reflections Festival, which will run from November 30th until December 16th. Under the artistic direction of the College’s Director of Contemporary Music, Clark Rundell, the series of sixteen concerts will feature 14 works […]

Karel Husa Donates Archive to Ithaca College

Karel Husaphoto credit Alexander Dippold Czech-born composer and conductor Karel Husa recently donated his archive to Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. The Archive now exceeds in scope and volume the Husa documents in the Library of Congress. The Husa Archive at IC contains materials from his entire career. As a champion of new music, […]

University of Texas Hosts Sixth Visiting Composers Series

The 2000-2001 Visiting Composers’ Series at the University of Texas will bring an impressive roster of composers to the school’s Austin campus for four-day residencies, during which School of Music students, faculty, and guest artists will perform their music. The composers will present public forums on their music, master classes for UT student composers, and […]

Schott Puts Entire Catalog on Net4Music

German publisher Schott Musik International has signed a deal to put its entire catalog online. The 230-year-old firm has joined hands with the online sheet music retailer Net4Music. It is not Schott’s first flirtation with new technology. The company produces several innovative products for electronic media, including its MasterPlayAlong series of professional practice CD-ROMs that […]

Copland House Hosts New Series “The Composer’s Hour”

Photo by Marion Gold The Copland House is inaugurating a new series called The Composer’s Hour. The series is presented for Copland Society members and is hosted by Artistic Director Michael Boriskin. Each program features an prominent composer speaking about creativity and writing music, introducing one of his or her major works, and discussing its […]

Jack Nitzsche Dies In Hollywood

Jack Nitzsche Jack Nitzsche, an Oscar-winning songwriter, keyboardist and arranger who worked with Phil Spector, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young and Miles Davis, died on Friday, August 25, 2000 in Hollywood. He was 63. Bernard Alfred Nitzsche was born in Chicago in 1937, and grew up on a farm near Newaygo, Michigan. He hoped to […]