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Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals

Music festival fans are no doubt delighted by the news that Indio's city council has approved the proposal by Goldenvoice to continue staging the popular Coachella and Stagecoach annual music festivals in the city of Indio, California, through to 2030. Moreover, it has been agreed that Goldenvoice can stage an additional two concerts per year, bringing the total number of concerts to five – three in the spring and two in the fall. This latest development puts to rest the controversy caused by a proposed tax on concert-goers which had organizers scouting for a new venue, and while some citizens of Indio would prefer not to have the concerts in their neighborhoods, the economic benefit of hosting the increasingly popular events appears to have outweighed any concerns raised.

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Musical Training Increases Cognitive Abilities

When two scientists at the University of Auckland carried out research on whether musicians use the same brain areas to process both music and language, they discovered some interesting information about how background music affects cognition in musicians versus non-musicians. Lucy Patston and Lynette Tippett tested two groups of 36 adults - the one group consisting of musicians with at least ten years of musical training, including having performed in university or at a national level, with the second group consisting of non-musicians. The results revealed that musical training may physically change the actual neural organization of various cognitive activities.

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ECMA Celebrates 25 Years of Music Excellence

The East Coast Music Awards is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week with a star-studded five-day event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, honoring the outstanding musicians who have made, and continue to make, Atlantic Canada's music scene world-class. The East Coast Music Awards started in 1989 as the Maritime Music Awards with five categories – Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Today, the ECMA honors achievers in 25 music categories, as well as a number of awards for the music industry.

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Visit the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis

The Interactive Area at the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis offers aspiring percussionists the opportunity to try out a range of fascinating instruments from around the world, including the Indian tabla, African talking drum, ocean drum, and hundreds of other percussion instruments. Moreover, the Virtual Environment Technology in the two Wenger sound Booths let visitors hear what it would be like to play various instruments, such as a steel drum, crash cymbals, xylophone and full drumset, in different venues, including a stadium, cathedral or concert hall.

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Building Communities Through Music Improvisation

The Modern Improvisational Music Association (MIMA) is a global initiative which has been promoting the innovative creation of music for more than ten years. MIMA's musical network is represented in Brazil, Argentina, China, Cyprus, France, England, Germany, Spain, Jamaica and the United States, pursuing the common goal of building and celebrating a sense of community by inspiring the transforming people through music. To achieve this, MIMA offers free music-based workshops in communities around the world, where young people are trained to lead similar workshops in their home communities.

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