High Notes Blog

Chorus America's High Notes is curated by the Chorus America staff. Here, find links to the latest news, videos, and commentary on music, culture, and nonprofit operations. High Notes also includes information about policy issues that affect the choral field and advocacy alerts.

Additional Advocacy Information

Chorus America is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), a national coalition of nonprofit arts service organizations advocating for federal policies that impact the nonprofit performing arts sector. Membership in Chorus America includes membership in PAA and you can learn more about PAA's policy agenda in the PAA Advocacy Center.

Chorus America also partners with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund to mobilize support for the arts and arts education around the country. You can learn more about the Arts Action Fund's work to advance all the arts in America through its online Action Center.

  • by Mike Rowan

    *Previously, we highlighted choruses and choral leaders who launched creative online participatory singing outlets to combat COVID-19.

    As self-quarantining and social distancing continue amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in North America and around the globe, more choruses are finding new ways to get their music and message out to their communities who are at home. Here are a handful of choral broadcasts we've seen start up in recent days.

     

  • by Liza Beth

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is expected to be signed into law today, March 27, 2020. This is the largest COVID-19 federal relief package yet and includes new forms of support that can be accessed by arts organizations and self-employed individuals. Forms of federal support that have traditionally been more limited are now expanded to offer opportunities for the nonprofit sector, independent contractors, and "gig economy" workers.

  • by Liza Beth

    The federal government is quickly enacting new forms of federal relief in response to the COVID-19 crisis, with two relief packages signed into law and a third underway. Here is a summary of what's happened so far, including what kinds of relief are available for nonprofit organizations.

    Chorus America is working with our advocacy partners to stay on top of the latest developments and advocacy alerts as the third relief package moves through Congress. 

  • by Chorus America Staff

    Congress is quickly deciding the contents of a massive COVID-19 relief bill. It's time for the choral community across the U.S. to speak up for the artists and arts organizations that have been affected by COVID-19.

  • by Mike Rowan

    *See also: Choral broadcasts sprouting up in the face of COVID-19.

  • by Liza Beth

    *UPDATE: We are using new link for our latest updates. Please visit this link for our most up-to-date resources and information on COVID-19.

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    Chorus America is tracking news and collecting information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from our members and partners. While the spread and impact of the virus is not fully known, we encourage choruses to prepare for how the situation might affect your organization and any upcoming events. 

  • by Mike Rowan

    As diversity, equity, and inclusion have increasingly come to the forefront for so many classical music organizations today, there’s a forum that has become a leading space in DEI conversations for the past five years: SphinxConnect.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    On February 10, the President released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. For the fourth year in a row, the proposal includes a provision to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), along with several other cultural agencies.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2020 grants, and Chorus America is honored to be the recipient of a $90,000 award. We are also excited to see many of our partners and choral organizations represented in the list of awarded grants, including:

    American Composers Forum

    Apollo's Fire

    Barbershop Harmony Society

    Brooklyn Youth Chorus

    Cathedral Choral Society

    Chicago A Cappella

  • by Lisa Husseini

    Spoiler Alert: If your only takeaway from this blog post is the title, you will have all you need to transform your organization radically and sustainably.

    I get to spend all of my days speaking with leaders and members of arts organizations about their successes and struggles. As a result, I have seen an overwhelming pattern in small and midsize professional arts organizations that is plaguing the industry. I call that plague conventional success.

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