A brief history of the Music Critics Association of North America
Music Critics Organization of North America
1) To act as an educational medium for the promotion and development of high standards of music criticism
in the press, broadcast media, and other technologies that disseminate information involving musical events;
2) to hold meetings and symposia at which discussion, criticism, and an overall exchange of ideas occur;
3) to increase general interest in the music of past and present by the reading and listening populations of
MCANA is a small but influential organization founded in 1956. Early members included leading critics such as Paul Hume of the Washington Post, Irving Lowens of the Saturday Review, Miles Kastendieck of the New York Herald Tribune and Harold C. Schoenberg of the New York Times. Current members include critics at the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dallas Morning-News, San Francisco Chronicle, regular contributors to the Wall Street Journal, as well as leading online publications like Musicalamerica.com, NewMusicBox, program annotators and radio producersThe organization is a member of the National Music Council.We are the only North American association devoted solely to professional classical music critics.
Annual conferences with panels/workshops in tandem with summer festivals, professional conferences or other activities
MCANA Institutes - Educational seminars to promote high standards of music criticism.Foundation support over the years has included grants from the Ford Foundation, the Corbett Foundation, and in-kind support from the Van Cliburn Competition, the JuilliardSchool, KimmelCenter for the Performing Arts, LincolnCenter and the Luminato Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity
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