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Celebrating Worldwide Music Day

Set to take place on 21 June 2014 – the day of the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, Worldwide Music Day events are planned in 520 cities around the world. Thanks to musicians, bands, choirs, orchestras, soloists and DJs performing free of charge, events are open to the public to enjoy. The concept of Worldwide Music Day was initiated in 1982 by French cultural minister at the time, Jack Lang, with the first Fête de la Musique taking place in Paris. The concept soon spread to other countries and has become a hugely successful event that continues to grow.

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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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Summer 2014 Music Festivals

With summer underway in North America, be sure to slot in at least one (or more) events in the Summer 2014 music festival calendar. Here are a few highlights from this year's festivals.

Taking place on June 6-8, New York City's biggest music festival, The Governors Ball, embraces a host of genres and festival goers can expect to experience performances by some of the most popular artists around. The festival venue is Randall’s Island and among the not-to-be-missed acts in the lineup are Jack White, Grimes, Outkast, Axwell, Disclosure, Phoenix, Jenny Lewis, Janelle Monae, Sleigh Bells and AlunaGeorge.

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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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20th Essence Music Festival Lineup

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 2014 Essence Music Festival will take place on 3-6 July in New Orleans, with headline acts including Prince, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott. With the exception of 2006, when the festival was held in Houston due to Hurricane Katrina, Essence has been hosted by New Orleans since 1995 with fans traveling from far and wide to join the event dubbed as 'the party with a purpose'. Prince headlined the Essence Music Festival in 2004 and this will be Mary J. Blige's ninth performance at the event. Prince is set to open the festival on the main stage on Friday night.

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