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USC student and faculty resources

Performance Psychology webinars with Dr. Todd Kays.

Office of Fellowships and Scholars programs
Find help identifying and applying for fellowships; Fulbrights and more.

Research Opportunity Program
Provides funding for faculty research, including projects in the arts.

Undergraduate Research
Information about Magellan Scholars and other opportunities available to undergraduate students.

USC Career Center
An exceptionally comprehensive resource for career, internship, and job search information. Specific links for music majors.

USC Study Abroad programs
Information about study broad programs is found here.

Local, state and regional resources

South Carolina Government
The official website of the State of South Carolina, this site provides up to date information on the economic and cultural climate of South Carolina. This is a valuable resource for anyone seeking funding or entrepreneurial opportunities in the state.

South Carolina State Library
This site provides a link to the South Carolina Foundation Directory as well as other available sources for funding in the state.

South Carolina Arts Commission
Grants, workshops, and events of interest.

Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties
Centralized resource for the arts community. Provides leadership, funding and business expertise to artists and arts organizations, and offers a single source of arts-related information to patrons and media.

Southern Arts Federation
Resources and support for regional arts.

Funding databases

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Department of Education

Grants.Gov
This is an online database containing information on more than 900 federal grant programs.

Guidestar
Guidestar allows you to search more than 1 million U.S. nonprofits by subject, category, keyword, state, and nonprofit type to identify local or state organizations.

Guide to Funding Resources
This guide gives general information on developing and searching for funding opportunities. It details the funding process and provides clear information for personal searches

Michigan State University site
Contains a music grant database that lists many funding sources

New York Foundation for the Arts

Festivals and competitions

Aspen Music Festival, Colorado
The Aspen Music Festival is summer program that offers a wide variety of programs of performance and study. The USC School of Music offers the Pat Lampton scholarship, a $1000 award to offset any expenses incurred by the student.

Baroque Performance Institute, Ohio
The Baroque Performance Institute gives musicians the opportunity to perform and study Baroque era performance and compositional techniques.

Brevard Music Festival, North Carolina
The Brevard Music Center provides a 7-week summer festival showcasing 3 orchestras and over 80 different concerts.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, California
The Cabrillo Festival allows emerging composers and conductors the opportunity to collaborate in front of a renowned orchestra as well as superb teachers and mentors.

Conductors Institute of South Carolina, South Carolina
A fifteen-day program, the Conductors Institute provides the opportunity to conduct professional level musicians on a variety of selected literature.

Eastern Music festival
Summer festival in North Carolina

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
Summer festival in Vermont

Institute Musical de Provence, France
This festival provides opportunities for conducting and orchestral students.

Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan
Interlochen Center for the Arts provides a summer camp for visual and performing arts students. Summer employment as counselors is available. There are many clinics for those over the age of 18 as well.

Masa Mizuno's Music Directory
A good list of piano and string competitions; also has a directory of summer festivals

Pacific Music Festival, Japan
The Pacific Music Festival (PMF), founded in 1990 by the premier, conductor, composer and educator of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), is an international educational music festival.

Spoleto, USA
Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the Spoleto Festival offers numerous performance and concert opportunities to the serious musician or avid concert attendee.

Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts
The Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer academy for advanced musical study. The TMC offers an intensive schedule of study and performance for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, conductors, and composers who have completed most of their formal training in music.

Texas Music Festival, TX
The mission of the Texas Music Festival is to prepare college-aged and young professional musicians for careers in music through a four-week intensive summer orchestral training program. Students learn and array of orchestral and chamber music as well are as exposed to faculty and guest artists.

Organizations

Instrumental organizations:

American Viola Society
Society for violists.

Cello Society
The Internet Cello Society, an international cyber-community of cellists, seeks to advance the knowledge and joy of cello playing around the world. We welcome cello enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

International Clarinet Association (ICA)
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts.

International Double Reed Society (IDRS)
The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts.

International Horn Society (IHS)
The International Horn Society is an organization dedicated to performance, teaching, composition, research, and the preservation and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument.

International Society for Bassists (ISB)
The ISB is a forum for communication among bassists throughout the world and across a wide variety of musical styles.

International Trombone Society (ITS)
The International Trombone Association is the largest association of trombonists with 4500 members from 65 countries.

International Trumpet Guild (ITG)
The International Trumpet Guild promotes communication among trumpet players around the world and to seeks to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet.

International Tuba/Euphonium Association (ITEA)
Officially founded in 1973 as the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association, ITEA is dedicated to promoting and advancing the tuba and euphonium instruments..

North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA)
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone.

National Flute Association (NFA)
The National Flute Association, a not for profit institution, is the largest flute organization in the world. It was founded to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature.

Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
The Percussive Arts Society is the world’s largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages.

Piano Pedagogy Online Forum
Piano Pedagogy Forum has published 23 issues with participation from over 100 writers from over 100 different colleges/universities throughout the USA and internationally.

Violin Society of America (VSA)
The Violin Society Of America reflects a broad range of interests and concerns of those interested in violins and the art of making instruments and bows of the violin family.

Professional organizations:

American Bandmasters Association (ABA)
The American Bandmasters Association, founded in 1929, recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of concert band conductors and composers.

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
The American Choral Directors Association is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching.

American Musicological Society (AMS)

American Orff-Schulwerk Association
The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.

American String Teachers Association
The American String Teachers Association, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers.

American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation

College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)
CBDNA is an organization of professionals from comprehensive research universities, state and private universities, and music conservatories.

College Music Society (CMS)
A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the CMS addresses concerns facing music in higher education. Publishes a job vacancy list.

Midwest Clinic
The Midwest Clinic provides outstanding professional development opportunities for instrumental music educators of all levels.

Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization.

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
The mission of Music Teachers National Association is to advance the value of music study and music making to society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. Sponsors annual solo and chamber music competitions at all levels.

National Band Association (NBA)
The National Band Association is the largest band directors’ professional organization in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music.

Conductors Guild (NCG)
The Conductors Guild is the only music service organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art of conducting and to serving the artistic and professional needs of conductors.

National Orchestral Association (NOA)
The National Orchestral Association was founded in 1930. Its early mission was to train American orchestra musicians in orchestral techniques and repertoire, providing them with the necessary experience and level of expertise to enter professional orchestra careers.

Polyphonic.org
Orchestra musician’s forum with lots of useful information

South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA)
The South Carolina Music Educators Association is a federated state association of the Music Educators National Conference.

South Carolina Band Link
Information about South Carolina bands, all-state, events, and competitions.

The National String Project Consortium (NSPC)
A coalition of String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States. The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the United States.

Greek Organizations:

Delta Omicron
The Mission of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity is to promote and support excellence in music and musicianship.

Phi Mu Alpha
Music fraternity dedicated to the development of fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater.

Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Alpha Iota is a national professional women’s fraternity operating for the advancement of women in music.

Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma
This site acts as the main hub for all things Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
These two Honorary Band organizations exist to serve college and university bands through their unique approach to service.

Tau Beta Sigma-Epsilon Alpha
The Epsilon Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Sigma has been serving the University of South Carolina Bands for nearly 40 years. A co-ed service organization, Epsilon Alpha has strived to advance women in the band profession and recognize Outstanding Music, Service, and Leadership on the Carolina Campus and within the USC Band Program.

Kappa Kappa Psi-Zeta Chi
The Zeta Chi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has been serving the University of South Carolina and the USC Band Program for over 30 years with the intention of advancing music through service to the College and University bands.

Sigma Alpha Iota-Theta Chi
The Theta Chi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota has been operating on the University of South Carolina Campus for over 10 years. Their purposes are to advance women in the world of music through philanthropic service.

Other sites of interest and fun

Alarm Will Sound
Innovative new music group

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise
Books, articles and a blog by the music critic of The New Yorker

Artists House A learning resource for music and the music business

artistShare
Sponsors projects that let fans to show appreciation for their favorite artists by funding their recording projects in exchange for access to the creative process,

Bang on a Can
New music group based in New York City

Chamber Music Network
A non-profit organization that facilitates informal music-making by people of all ages and nationalities, from beginners to professionals.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Log and more from jazz composer Darcy James Argue

Institute for Music Leadership
Eastman School of Music’s leadership institute

MyAuditions.com
Information on auditions and job openings

New Music Collective
A new music group based in Charleston, South Carolina that does lots of interesting collaborations with visual artists.

The Savvy Musician
Great site with loads of helpful information and links

Think Denk
Interesting and fun blog by concert pianist Jeremy Denk