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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.

Federal Arts Funding Update

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Government/Policy

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.Read more

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Good News for FY17 Arts Funding

Chorus America Staff | Government/Policy

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...Read more

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5 Ways You Can #SAVEtheNEA

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Government/Policy

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. Read more

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Choral Field Building Study Released by BHS

Mike Rowan | CA News, Impact/Value, Networking, Research/Data

The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) announced the public release of the Choral Field Building Study on Monday, March 6, in an article on the Society's website.Read more

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Update: What You Can Do Now to Support the NEA

Chorus America Staff | Government/Policy, Impact/Value

With the federal appropriations process just beginning, it will be some time before we have more information about how President Trump's budget will affect funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). But it's not too early to show your support.Read more

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What You Need to Know about Possible NEA Budget Cuts

Chorus America Staff | Government/Policy, Impact/Value

Here's some context from our partner the Performing Arts Alliance on today's reports that President-elect Trump's budget plans would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts - including steps you can take to make sure your lawmakers...Read more

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First Round of 2017 NEA Grants Announced

Mike Rowan | Awards, CA News, Fundraising

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2017 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...Read more

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Calling On Choruses to #Sing1Voice

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Social Media

Singing together is a powerful tool for bringing people together. Let’s put that tool to work. In the wake of this election season, our country seems to be defined by our differences. News channels and social media feeds are filled with fear, anger, and...Read more

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Prepare Your Chorus for New Overtime Regulations

Chorus America Staff | General, Government/Policy, Management/Leadership, Operations

On December 1, updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) take effect that will impact many choruses. The changes will more than double the minimum salary level that most employees must be paid (from $23,660 to $47,476 per year) to be exempt from...Read more

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Congressional Arts Report Card Shows Your Delegates' Level of Arts Support

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Evaluation, Government/Policy, Research/Data

In advance of the 2016 November elections, the Arts Action Fund has released the 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card to educate voters on how supportive of the arts their members of Congress have been in their voting records.Read more

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