Music Industry Organizations to Join

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Just like any other profession, musicians gain a lot through networking, participating in conferences, and having opportunities for performances outside their usual circle of colleagues.

The organizations below provide excellent opportunities through online and personal networking, conferences, concerts, festivals, music business help, and grants.

Like with any organization, it is best to be very involved with a few that really meet your professional music needs instead of being a member of two dozen organizations where no one knows you or your music. Once you choose an organization, take advantage of all of their membership opportunities, whether it is a free web listing, free web page, an opportunity to publish online, attend conferences, or apply for grants.

Music Organizations for Composers, Music Educators, and Electronic Music

American Music Center
http://www.amc.net/

ASCAP
http://www.ascap.com/index.aspx
BMI
http://www.bmi.com/

SEAMUS
Society of Electroacoustic Musicians in the United States
http://www.seamusonline.org/
SCI
Society of Composers, Inc.
http://www.societyofcomposers.org/
IAWM
International ALliance for Women in Music
http://www.iawm.org/

ICMA
International Computer Music Association
http://www.computermusic.org/
ISAST
The International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology
http://www.leonardo.info/isast/isastinfo.html

Grants and Opportunities

Kentucky Arts Council
http://artscouncil.ky.gov/

Vox Novus
http://www.voxnovus.com/

National Endowment for the Arts
http://www.nea.gov/
NAMM list of grants for music educations
http://www.music-research.org/Grants/guidelines.html
SPARK Festival
http://spark.cla.umn.edu/submissions.html
Reverb Nation
http://www.reverbnation.com/
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