We’re Hiring! School Program Education Director

TakeLessons is hiring a part-time consultant for a School Program Music Education Director. This person’s job duties will be to help us develop programs and curriculum for our School Advantage program.

The TakeLessons School Advantage Program provides music enrichment courses and camps for schools, community based organizations, and private consumers. The goal of the program is to become America’s largest provider of music enrichment classes and camps by working with private schools, creating partnerships with national community organizations, and by offering quality, affordable programs anywhere in TakeLessons target markets.

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Artist Residencies Available in Suasalito CA

Headlands Call for Applications

Center for the Arts is an internationally recognized residency program
that hosts artists from across the globe working in all disciplines.
Headlands provides emerging, mid-career and established artists with
the scarce resources of time and space for open-ended investigation,
experimentation and collaboration. Artists are selected based on the
quality of their work and their interest in working at Headlands.
Headlands seeks artists who are interested in exploring new directions
in their work and expand the parameters of their chosen medium, and who
consider art’s role in relation to the larger social, cultural or
political issues of our time. Headlands assembles groups of artists who
are diverse in their aesthetic and cultural mix.

Headlands is now accepting applications for residencies in 2010. Artists are strongly encouraged to apply online. Please visit www.headlands.org for more details on how to apply.

Deadline: 06-05-2009
Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, CA

Contact: Jessica Brier
email: info@headlands.org
Phone: 415.331.2787 x30
Website: http://www.headlands.org


What Song Was #1 When You Were Born?

Here’s a fun site by Josh Hosler that shows what was the big hit song, according to Billboard, when you blessed the world with your presence. Check it out!

How One Musician Uses Twitter to Gain Fans

Are you new to Twitter? Here’s how Steve Lawson is using Twtter to market his music. In essence, like Steve (who is an awesome bassist), we believe that Twitter is about opening dialogue and having conversations with people. Talking about music is simply an awesome way to interact with another person – especially if they are digging your music.

“I think the everyday life of musicians is fascinating – you practicing, you struggling to write songs, the hardships of being a creative person, is way more interesting than your marketing ideas.”

Interview from from Andrew Dubber on Vimeo. Andrew writes for New Music Strategies.

You can follow Steve on Twitter at: @solobasssteve

Read Steve’s full post:


Schwarzenegger Declares March as “Arts Education Month”

Governor Schwarzenegger declared March 2009 as "Arts Education Month" through an official proclamation on March 6.

"It is crucial
that the future leaders of our state receive a complete education, and
arts instruction ensures that they will be well rounded," stated
Schwarzenegger in the proclamation.
"The arts enhance imagination and creativity, encouraging our young
people's sense of innovation. Additionally, California's economy is
well supported by artistic industries, and a solid background in these
areas and music education will help continue our prosperity." (In 2008, California had
almost 100,000 creative businesses that employ over a half million
employees, according to the 2008 Creative Industries State Report from Americans for the Arts.)

While March may
be highlighted for arts education, the Governor noted that the arts
should be part of Californians' lives every day. "The arts offer us a
wealth of knowledge and teach us to see our world in a new light, and I
encourage all Californians to engage in the arts in their community,
not only this month, but all year as well."

Wynton MarsalisImage by volume12 via Flickr

The full proclamation
was made available on the Governor's website on March 6, and coincides
with the national arts activities in Washington, D.C. like the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy,
a leading national forum for arts policy intended to stimulate dialogue
on policy and social issues. This year's speaker will be Wynton Marsalis, musician and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on March 30.

National Endowment of the Arts “Access to Artistic Excellence” Grant Program Deadline Extended to March 19

From our friends at the California Arts Council:

Música de la Gente --- Music of the People Fes...Image by johnlamb via Flickr

The media and public have been very focused on the economic stimulus package funding for arts jobs in recent weeks, but the California Arts Council reminds arts administrators to consider other National Endowment for the Arts grants, especially Access to Artistic Excellence … and especially since the March deadline for the program has been extended to next Thursday, March 19.

Organizations have almost another week to apply for these annual grants, mostly due to technical problems with the Grants.gov website, the required electronic filing service for all federal grants. It’s time for California organizations to take advantage of the extra week!

Access to Artistic Excellence funds a multitude of arts disciplines: artists’ communities, dance, design, folk & traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts (film, radio, television), museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. Many of the categories have a second round of funding with applications due in August as well, if next week is too soon. (But some don’t — check out the websites to ensure you don’t miss the 2009 round altogether.)

In general, the NEA’s Access to Artistic Excellence was established to encourage and support artistic creativity, preserve our diverse cultural heritage, and make the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. The California Arts Council strongly encourages California arts organizations to apply.