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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.

Chorus America Submits Opposition to Proposed IRS Donor Regulations

Mike Rowan | CA News, Civic Engagement, Fundraising, Government/Policy

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released proposed regulations in September that would permit, but not require, charitable organizations to file a separate return that would require nonprofits to collect social security numbers (aRead more

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First Round of 2016 NEA Grants Announced

Mike Rowan | Awards, CA News, Fundraising

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its first round of 2016 grants, and Chorus America is pleased to be the recipient of a $90,000 award. We are also proud to see so many choral organizations represented in the list of awarded...Read more

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Information We Hope You Never Need to Use

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, General, Management/Leadership

The recent terrible events in Paris are a sad reminder that cultural gathering places can be targets for violence. A few simple steps can prepare your staff and volunteers to help themselves and others should an incident ever happen.Read more

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A Cappella Album Debuts at #1 for First Time Ever

Mike Rowan | History, Singing

A cappella group Pentatonix landed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the group's first top-selling album, and also the first time in history an a cappella group has seen an album debut at No. 1.Read more

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Proposed Overtime Rule Would Affect Choruses

Liza Beth | Management/Leadership

Choruses should pay attention to a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would revise regulations on overtime compensation.Read more

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Choruses Play a Prominent Role During Pope Francis' US Visit

Mike Rowan |

Our roundup page will be updated throughout the Pope’s US visit as we collect additional features on choral music. Please feel free to email stories to voice@chorusamerica.org, and if you are a Chorus America member, post coverage of you or your chorus...Read more

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Transgender Chorus Helps Members Find Their Voices

Mike Rowan | Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation

A new Boston-area group is believed by its founder to be only the second chorus in the country open only to transgender people.Read more

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2015 Pulitzer Prize Awarded to Multimedia Choral Work

Lauren Rosenthal |

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music was awarded to Julia Wolfe for her work Anthracite Fields. The piece was commissioned and performed by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and uses voice, music, movement, and lighting and video projections to tell the...Read more

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New Online Tool Helps Musicians Better Engage with Fans

Lauren Rosenthal | Audiences, Technique/Tool, Technology

YouTube recently launched "YouTube for Artists", a web platform featuring insights and tools to help musicians share their music and find and engage fans.Read more

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