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SXSW 2020

Breaking Down Barriers to Musical Talent

The evolution of the music industry has brought down global barriers and created greater creative innovation and agency. However, one barrier remaining is the lack of musical training for young people from less affluent communities, especially with classical instruments. This panel will explore the benefits – both for individual children and for society at large - of broadening access to music education among diverse populations and nurturing new creative voices. Featuring an innovative partnership between Warner Music Group and Harmony Program, a nonprofit music education organization, as well as a classical star who is inspiring the next generation of talent, this panel will discuss how artists, music companies, teachers and families can come together to create a richer artistic world.

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  1. The Music Industry can play a key role in developing musical talent by helping expand access to music education.
  2. Broader, more equitable access to music education fosters new creative voices and contributes to richer artistic experiences for us all.
  3. The study and performance of music contribute not only to artistic development but to well-rounded individuals and stronger communities.



Anne Fitzgibbon, Founder/Exec Dir, Harmony Program

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Creating & Monetizing Music
  • Level: Beginner
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