Hong Kong to Launch Creative Economy Office

From the "what do they know that we don't" category: HONG KONG, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) — A previously announced dedicated office for nurturing creative industries under the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government will come in the middle of this year, a senior official said Wednesday. Delivering an annual budget speech, Financial Secretary John […]

September 11th – What I Wrote Then

On September 11, 2001, I was at my desk in Manhattan tending to the start of the day. Would would transpire over the next 19 hours is something I will never forget. At the time, I sat down and wrote about what had happened on the day as I experieenced it. I shared it with […]

I’m Back!

I know… I have been gone a long while. Things have been a little crazy with work, our ongoing research and the one thing that has set me back the most, the passing of my father. Just after my last post my father was admitted to an ICU unit in Connecticut for the latest battle […]

Spring Break!

Spring has finally sprung so we are off for the next few days. We will reurn the week of 4/9!

Music Community Loses Another Giant

The music community loses another warrior for music and music education. And Music for All loses another friend. Musical Instrument Industry Mourns the Passing of Fender's Legendary William 'Bill' Schultz William "Bill" Schultz, the man best known for his legendary business turnaround of the iconic Fender(R) brand name, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 21, […]

Merger: What People are Saying

Here are some of the comments we are receiving about the merger: “The merger of Music for All and Bands of America is a highly significant development for music education in America,” notes Sir Ken Robinson, well-known author and one of the world’s foremost authorities on creativity. “I know, through my own work and collaboration […]

When Does a Musical Note Become A Religious Symbol?

I first wrote about the holiday controversies over religious music when a local school district and the supervisor of fine arts Nick Santoro became vilified (the school district deserved it… Nick did not) for the banning of certain music deemed to be religious during the Christmas/Hananuka/Kwanza/Rhamadan/Comsumer Holiday period that runs… oh say… from the third […]

Losing a Friend: Mike Kovins

As I can back in from my son's baseball practice there was a message on my answering machine. "Bob, it's Jim. I calling to see if you know anything about Mike. I just heard he died. Call me back." click. And just like that I learned that Mike Kovins, a person who has played an […]

Stanford Prez: Arts a Priority

Looks like we are going to need a bigger bandwagon! In his annual speech to the Academic Council last Thursday, President John Hennessy addressed the role of the arts at Stanford, including the goal of making the arts an integral component of the university's educational mission. This is not because of some warm and fuzzy […]