Will Music Disappear From Public School Education?

Ed. Note: July 31, 2003 — A joint statement was issued today by New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin and NYC Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein in response to a New York Times report on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 stating that in order to meet new core requirements for literacy and math […]

OBITUARY: Arts Patron Rose “Red” Heller, 105

Throughout her lifetime, Rose Heller (known as “Red”) and her husband Ernest “Pick” Heller demonstrated a true love and commitment to the work of living artists and composers. Mrs. Heller served on the boards of the American Music Center, The League of Composers/ISCM, and the MacDowell Colony, as well as the awards committee for the Poses Creative Arts Awards at Brandeis University.

Remembering Red Heller

Widow of composer Earle Brown shares her personal memories of one of the most fascinating women of the 20th century, who happened to have a passion for contemporary music.

Remembering Ellis Freedman

Ellis Freedman Receiving the American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction in 1999 Ellis Freedman, who died on June 16 at the age of 82, was one of those extraordinary people who, although not a musician himself, made a great contribution to American music as an advocate, a visionary and a builder. Over a legal career […]

OBITUARY: Jazz legend Benny Carter, 95

Benny Carter, whose career spanned 8 decades, not only bared witness to nearly the entire history of jazz but in many ways shaped it, redefining the role of the alto saxophone, prepping it for its role in swing-era jazz through his stellar ideas as a soloist and his innovations in arranging.

OBITUARY: Ellis Freedman, Legal Counsel to American Composers, 82

Ellis J. Freedman, a pioneer in the field of intellectual property law who served as legal counsel to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and others from three generations of American composers, died on June 16, 2003 from cancer. He was 82 years old. Freedman (b. May 3, 1921 in Albany, NY) practiced law in New York […]

OBITUARY: Herbie Mann, Revolutionary Jazz Flutist, 73

Herbie Mann Herbie Mann, who redefined jazz by insisting that the flute was part of its sonic palette, died on Tuesday in his cabin just outside of Pecos, New Mexico. His death was the result of an eight-year battle with inoperable prostate cancer. Mann was both an instrumentalist and a composer, whose music blended jazz […]