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The St. Lawrence String Quartet celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2014 as one of the premier ensembles playing classical and contemporary compositions. They have released award-winning recordings of works by...
We're in the mood for love and jazz so here's a playlist of more than two dozen NEA Jazz Masters singing and playing songs of love (and maybe just a little heartbreak) to set the scene for Valentine's Day or any other day you're in the mood for love. You can preview some of the...
Award-winning composer Jonathan Bailey Holland talks to us about his process for composing music, the relation of narrative and failure to work, and makes a case for listening to more Barber.
A YouTube playlist of songs that have something to do with winter.
Which is easier to identify: a sour note or a faltering business model? The fact that millions tune into American Idol each week, and can immediately identify the tone-deaf contestants immediately, should give the nod to the sour note. In contrast, even if some ludicrous businesses were included...
Already feeling worn out by the holiday season even though Thanksgiving is still a few days away? Not to worry--from Koko Taylor to Honeyboy Edwards to Whistlin' Alex Moore, we have more than a few NEA National Heritage Fellows and master blues musicians to help get your mojo going! Here's...
While we're grateful for artists every month, we're particularly thankful in this month when we take time off from "real life" to count our blessings large and small. In today's post NEA staffers reflect on some artists to whom they'd like to give a big old THANK YOU! Don...
New NEA Music and Opera Director Ann Meier Baker pens an open letter to the piano teacher who taught her the importance of failure.
Jason Schupbach
When directors at the NEA were given the ability to host convenings on topics of our choice, I jumped at the opportunity to work with my performing arts and presenting...
A preview of a YouTube playlist featuring pop, jazz, and folk musicians we've spoken to for the Art Works blog.

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