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Spotlight On: The Beatles

Widely considered to be one of the best bands of all time, The Beatles took the world by storm in the 1960s, stirring up emotions among fans in a phenomenon that came to be known as 'Beatlemania'. This fan-frenzy is well documented in film footage of The Beatles arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and when the 'Fab Four' from Liverpool performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, with (mainly female) fans screaming, crying and fainting. Their music started out mainly as rock 'n roll, with later albums experimenting with a variety of genres, such as pop ballad, hard rock and psychedelic, with elements of classical music skillfully blended in.

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An Interactive Experience at LA's GRAMMY Museum

Located in downtown Los Angeles, the GRAMMY Museum is dedicated to Grammy Award winners, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about various genres of music by means of interactive touch-screens, recording booths, videos and other hi-tech multimedia. The museum is also home to an extensive collection of items related to the GRAMMYs, including musical instruments, records, costumes, hand-written lyrics and audio/video recordings. Since opening in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum has presented more than 300 public programs where, by means of its carefully constructed educational programs, thousands of local school students have enjoyed learning about music, with many being inspired to develop their musical creativity.

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The Power of Music in Public Places

'Play Me, I'm Yours' is a public piano project initiated by British artist Luke Jerram in 2008 that started with 15 pianos being installed in different public locations in Birmingham, UK. The colorfully painted pianos all have the simple invitation 'Play Me, I'm Yours' on them in large letters, and it is estimated that during the three week period of the pilot project more than 140,000 people participated. Described as a 'musical equivalent of Facebook', the street piano concept soon spread to cities in other countries, bringing people together with the power of music.

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The Lennon Bus: Bringing Music to Students

With the support of Yoko Ono Lennon and a host of generous sponsors, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is dedicated to offering students access to technology for creating music, video and audio productions and broadcasting. Working with local partners, the non-profit organization arranges free events for middle school, high school and college students during which they have the opportunity to tour the bus and participate in music, video and photography projects.

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2014 Americana Music Awards

Operating as a not-for-profit trade organization, the Americana Music Association (AMA) promoted authentic American Roots Music all over the world. In addition to collaborating with Americana artists, record labels and publishers, the AMA carries out market research projects, publishes newsletters, and distributes information to the Americana community. The AMA also produces a number of events and festivals each year, the most recent being the Americana Music Honors and Awards that took place this week (September 17), kicking off the four day annual Americana Music Festival and Conference.

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