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High Notes is an online news digest for the choral music community, 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. View posts below or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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

UPDATE: The Angel City Chorale was eliminated in the semifinal round of America's Got Talent. It sang Bruce Springsteen's 9/11 anthem "The Rising" in their final performance, which aired on Sept. 11.

by Mike Rowan

On May 9, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its second round of 2018 grants. We are excited to see many of our partners and choral organizations represented on the list of awarded grants in arts education, presenting and multidisciplinary works, and music, shown at the end of this announcement.

by Chorus America Staff

Last week, the president released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. The proposal includes a provision to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), along with several other cultural agencies.

by Mike Rowan

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2018 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
Boston Children’s Chorus
Brooklyn Youth Chorus

by Chorus America Staff

This week, the House and Senate plan to vote on a final comprehensive tax reform package that will have immediate implications for choruses and all nonprofits.

by Chorus America Staff

Our Chorus Operations Survey (COS) is the most comprehensive source of data available on choruses and the choral field. This year, through a new partnership with DataArts, the leading arts and culture researcher, the COS will become an even more powerful tool.

by Chorus America Staff

Chorus America’s thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible destruction of Hurricane Harvey. We know that the communities in Harvey’s path include many choruses and artists. 

by Chorus America Staff

Yesterday, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill that calls for the National Endowment for the Arts to be funded at $145 million in FY 2018.

by Chorus America Staff

This week, the House and Senate passed an FY17 omnibus spending bill that includes increased funding for the arts.

The budget allots $149,849,000 to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); this increase is encouraging, as the president's initial budget proposed a $15M cut to the agency for the rest of FY17.

by Chorus America Staff

With the recent release of a budget proposal from President Trump that would eliminate all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), now is the time to act to #SAVEtheNEA

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