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Niagara Centre for the Performing Arts

We welcome the commitment of the City of St. Catharines and Brock University to this initiative.

A new facility will provide Niagara with:

·         a centrepiece for the arts community, to nurture and develop Niagara talent

·         a quality venue where Niagara’s musicians, singers, actors and dancers can achieve excellence

·         a safe, audience-friendly environment

·         a top-notch showcase for touring artists

·         a cornerstone for the revitalization of downtown

·         a vibrant civic and cultural life for our community

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Now is the time to share your views on a prospective arts centre in the urban centre of Niagara.
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Visit and follow the link on the homepage to read the Feasibility Study, get updates on the project and get involved.

Niagara Region Students Awarded Music Performance Fund (MPF) Scholarships!

For the first time ever, Music Performance Fund (MPF) scholarships have been awarded to Niagara Region secondary school music students. Congratulations and continued success to the following students as they pursue their post-secondary music education, and their ultimate dream of a career in the music industry: Holly Bonin, Jacob Dayboll, Nick Doneff (all of Lakeshore Catholic High School), Daniel Lamb, Emma Sturm (both of Niagara District Secondary School), and Robin Howe (Grimsby Secondary School).

Music Performance Trust Funds (the name was changed to Music Performance Fund in 2004) was created in 1948 under agreements between the recording industry and the American Federation of Musicians. MPF is seen as the solution to the problem of rampant unemployment of professional musicians caused by the introduction in the 1940's of the long-playing phonograph record. Intended for home entertainment, these new recordings were widely used on the radio and elsewhere for commercial profit, without any payment to the performers. In 1996, MPF created its' scholarship program to assist talented students studying at ac-credited music schools. For more information on MPF, click here.


Note For Note Educational Outreach

Niagara Region Musicians' Association recently introduced Note For Note Educational Outreach, a program of activities designed to educate and provide services to students considering a career in music. Note For Note is available to any Principal, guidance teacher, or music teacher from schools within the geographic region served by Local 298. For more information, contact Mr. George K. Tirpko, Niagara Region Musicians' Association Outreach Educational Coordinator, at 905 892 5239. The following are some Note for Note activities.

Note for Note Seminar: Jazz Guitar for High School Hipsters

Jazz guitarist George K. Tirpko presents seminars throughout the Niagara Region secondary school system on the topics of performing live, song construction, and song writing (protecting your intellectual property). George not only knows his instrument, he also knows how to communicate: his seminars are both educational and entertaining.

Pictured above is Dave Gaines (center, white shirt), head of the Music Department at E.L. Crossley Secondary School in Fonthill, George (with guitar) & some of the Crossley students.

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