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American Arts Alliance
The American Arts Alliance strives to be the principal advocate for America's professional nonprofit arts organizations, with the goal of advancing arts support before Congress and other branches of the Federal government. Log on and learn how this organization is working to protect the future of the arts.

American Bandmasters Association
The ABA aims to recognize outstanding achievement in concert band and its music. Visit their Web site and learn how this organization strives for an increasingly higher standard of artistic excellence for concert band, its performers, its conductors, and its literature.

American Choral Directors Association
Founded in 1959, the ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. The ACDA also strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.

American Federation of Jazz Societies
The K.C. Jazz ambassadors are an organization working to preserve the jazz scene in Kansas City. Their Web site is a spread of their bi-monthly publication featuring articles on local jazz personalities and hip locales. It also features links to other jazz sites on the Web and it has reviews for great CDs.

American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada
This group seeks to organize musicians in the United States and Canada to promote fair wage and work conditions. This site houses 30 forums, an online newsletter, an online marketplace for discounted goods, ads for gigs around the world, and membership listings.

American Guild of English Handbell Ringers
This site is a forum for the handbell ringing community. It has compiled a list of other handbell enthusiast sites around the world including manufacturers, music vendors, and music publishers.

American Music Conference
The American Music Conference is a national, non-profit, educational association that promotes the importance of music and music education to the public. This site contains links to research articles supporting the importance of music to childhood development and cognitive skills. This is a great site for educators and administrators to learn about the importance of incorporating music education into elementary curriculums.

American Orff-Schulwerk Association Home Page
Orff-Schulwerk is a way to teach students about music by initially following kids' natural instinct to sing, dance, or clap rhythms and then reading and writing music later. It teaches by encouraging kids to improvise using unconventional instruments or through singing and dancing. There are a number of these music institutes around the world, offering a stimulating, yet non-competitive learning environment. Its Web site discusses the association's teaching methodology and more.

American String Teachers Association
The ASTA offers training to string and orchestra teachers. Also, players have the chance to develop and refine their skills at any point in their careers with individualized teaching. If you want learn more about this association, check out this site.

American Symphony Orchestra League
The ASOL provides leadership and service to American orchestras while publicizing orchestra's importance. The league holds a number of conferences, advocacy meetings, opportunities for professional developments, and updated lists on job opportunities.

American Variety Stage
The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology from the Library of Congress holdings chronicling popular entertainment, particularly vaudeville and theatre, from 1870-1920. This site features a collection of old manuscripts, playbills, photographs, films, and sound recordings.

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is a national organization striving to make art accessible to adults and children in America. It works with cultural organizations, arts and business leaders and individuals to educate and encourage support for the arts. The organization runs a number of nationwide programs and development campaigns with these ends in mind. Would you like to learn more? Visit this informative site.

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