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 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

  • by Mike Rowan

    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.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    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.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    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 understand the importance of the NEA.

  • by Mike Rowan

    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 the list of awarded grants, including:

    Arts Education Category
    Anima-Young Singers of Greater Chicago

  • by Chorus America Staff

    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 uncertainty as we grapple with how to move forward.

  • by Chorus America Staff

    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 overtime pay.

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