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Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: Honoring Outstanding Talent

Presented to a composer or performer for their noteworthy contributions to popular music, the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created in 2007 in honor of songwriting duo George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Initiated by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Gershwin Prize is awarded to a recipient who exemplifies the level of excellence associated with the Gershwin brothers.

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Variety Galore at Lubbock Music Fest in Texas

The city of Lubbock in Texas will be hosting its first music festival on September 27-29, 2012. Aptly named Lubbock Music Fest, the event's line-up will be sure to attract music-loving revelers from far and wide to enjoy performances by, among others, Rare Earth, America, Grouplove, Code Canada, Shiny Toy Guns, Grupo Siggno, and the Departed. Primarily sponsored by Civic Lubbock Inc, the festival is being organized by Broadway Festivals. Adding to the attraction for festival-goers is the city's first wine event – Wines and Vines Festival – taking place on September 28-29 at McPherson Cellars, with thirteen wineries participating and including a Hub City Chefs Competition. The annual Jessefest celebration on September 27 and Lubbock Symphony Orchestra's season-opening concerts on September 28-29 will also be incorporated into the Lubbock Music Fest.

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Musical Instruments of the World at MIM

Located on East Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix, Arizona, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) uses modern technology to immerse visitors in a worldwide music tour. Upon entering the museum visitors are provided with wireless headsets to wear while they tour the exhibits, and as they approach a display they will hear the sounds of the instruments they are viewing, sometimes as a solo performance and at other times as an ensemble, thereby creating an interesting audio-visual experience. High resolution flat screens offer visitors the opportunity to see and hear unusual instruments being played, including a hurdy-gurdy player and a Japanese taiko drummer. Musical instruments from about two hundred countries around the world are represented in the museum's nearly three hundred displays.

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The Value of Promoting Music Education in Schools

Operating as a non-profit organization, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation is dedicated to promoting instrumental music education in public schools in the United States, while at the same time raising awareness of the essential role music plays in rounding out a child's education. The foundation's motto is "Music Education = Brainpower" and more than 1,800 public schools in over 100 cities around the country have benefited from $48 million worth of musical instruments distributed by the foundation since it was established in 1997.

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Music Halls of Fame – Honoring Outstanding Achievements

While high profile music awards and inductees into renowned Halls of Fame may be well publicized and capture the attention of worldwide music fans, there are a number of less well known, but no less important, Halls of Fame honoring musicians and entertainers who make a difference in their communities or chosen music genres. Among these are the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame, the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame and Museum, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, to mention just a few.

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