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ICM Honors Top Musicians

With fifty years in the entertainment world to his name, Ricky Skaggs was named both Musician of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year, at the 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Awards Show held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Friday 28 October 2011. Other big winners of the evening included Lady Antebellum, The Fox Brothers and Justin Moore as awards were given out in over twenty categories, honoring seasoned musicians and newcomers to the world of inspirational country music.

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Western Canadian Music Award Winners

The Yukon Arts Center hosted the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards on Sunday 23 October in an exciting event honoring the musical achievements of artists from Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories. The ceremony was hosted by Grant Lawrence of CBC Radio3 and was the culmination of the 2011 Breakout West Music Festival in Whitehorse – an annual event which includes conferences, panels, performances and opportunities to network within the independent music industry.

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Future Music Festival 2012 – Welcome to Las Venus

Taking place at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on Sunday 11 March 2012, the Future Music Festival promises to deliver the biggest acts in the universe, and the brightest stars of the future. As the name suggests, the Future Music Festival has a futuristic theme as it welcomes fans to Las Venus where they will be blasted with the "galactic-bombastic forces of pure sound, dazzling light, and electrifying color" in an out-of-this world party. Covering a range of genres, the festival prides itself on its quality and variety, with something for everyone.

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Trinity College London Introduces Rock & Pop Exams

The well-known Trinity College London has recently announced the introduction of Rock & Pop music qualifications, with exams aimed at giving students the recognition they deserve for their exertions in their chosen instrument. The Trinity Rock & Pop exams can be taken by musicians and singers who are having lessons or are self-taught. Whether you are interested in a career in music or simply want to have a good time, these exams have been created to assist students to gain vital skills.

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Musicians Avoid Age-Related Hearing Loss

Research findings published in the medical journal Psychology and Aging has made an interesting observation regarding age-related hearing loss. It has been found that people who have played a musical instrument throughout their lives are less likely to develop a condition dubbed the "cocktail party problem" – that of being unable to filter out background noise sufficiently to be able to effectively participate in a conversation. This is very often the first symptom of age-related hearing loss, making social occasions awkward and stressful.

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