Performing Arts Websites



Many of the websites you will find on Starry Night Creative Artists Community pages contain links to additional websites. We've made every effort to provide reputable resources, however, we cannot be responsible for the content of external websites that are listed on the websites we are providing.

A Review of Music by Piero Scaruffi is a brilliant and informative site detailing the history of rock and pop music with an extensive analysis and reviews of the best and worst music in the genre.

The Actors Fund, a nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882, serves all professionals in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance through programs that address their unique and essential needs. As a national organization, The Fund directly serves 8,000+ entertainment and performing arts professionals across the country, and approximately 300,000 more through Web resource programs. In providing care and service to professionals throughout the industry, The Fund’s programs are wide in scope, responsive in nature, and produce significant results.

The American Association of Community Theatre is a national community theatre organization, representing the interests of community theatres across the U.S. (and with the armed forces overseas) and the individuals who support them. AACT also offers a wide range of member benefits and services.

The American Folklore Society is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. Their 2,200+ members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved in folklore work. Many members live and work in the US, but their interests in folklore stretch around the world, and today about one in every eight AFS members is from outside the US.

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is a music membership association of composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music.

Amos: The Famous Amos Cookie Company is the first company known to declare the kazoo its official corporate instrument. CEO Wally Amos is an expert kazooist. He promotes literary, kazoo power, and cookie power.
Fundraising Opportunities

Anthem Entertainment's IMF (International Music Festival) searches the planet for the world's greatest undiscovered talent. Net proceeds are donated to charity. Over the course of the year, hundreds will enter, thousands will listen and vote, dozens of prizes and awards will be distributed, and ultimately an act will emerge to rock the globe on their own WORLD TOUR.

Art California Web Portal

The Arts at St. John in Lodi, California has fabulous concerts in one of the best acoustic buildings in the state.

Artists Helping Artists (Aha!) is a 501 (c) 3 corporation with offices in Northern and Southern California. They welcome creatives, educators, arts collectors, environmentalists, intuitives and social catalysts, as well as appreciators of the muse and creative spirit. They help gather creative artists including musicians, visual artists, writers, performers, composers, spoken word artists, arts educators, photographers, digital artists, etc. regardless of race, nationality, artistic, or philosophic discipline.

Arts and Healing Network: Excellent resources. Be sure to take time to review this website.

Artslynx is an impressive portal to international web information about the arts. It's link libraries and extensive original material (especially for theatre and dance) are optimized for researchers, scholars, educators, students, and art professionals. On their website you can learn about Artslynx history and find navigational hints, link philosophy, etc. This is a beautiful website.

Brain Grenade Entertainment LLC (BGE) is a revolutionary music enterprise for the independent musician, specializing in production, promotion, marketing, and branding. BGE creates the blueprints for a self-sustaining life in the arts, and has devised the tools to thrive in the often-convoluted music industry. Brain Grenade Entertainment provides explosive ideas, methods. and applications for artist production, empowerment, and sustainability.

Bread and Puppet Theater is one of the oldest nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies, championing a street-theater brand of performance art with shows that are political and spectacular.

Bread & Roses is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. Their performances enrich the soul and promote wellness through the healing power of the performing arts; create a sense of community for professional performers, in a non-commercial setting in which they can donate their talents to inspire and be inspired; provide an opportunity for non-performing volunteers to contribute a variety of skills and resources that support humanitarian services and increase the impact of donor contributions. In carrying out this mission, Bread & Roses seeks to create a social awareness of people who are isolated from society, and to encourage the development of similar organizations in other communities.

California Beat Era-CA Palm Educational Non-Profit: CA Palm, based in California, produces documentaries on the avant-garde aspect of American culture, past and present. The focus is on the underground perspective that certain individuals maintain in order to create away from the mainstream. This aesthetic had strongly influenced our cultural life in the middle of the last century but in recent years there has been an increasing loss of integrity; affecting the art, music, and literature produced today. In America, commercialism has taken over with an increasing tendency to make everything, including art, into a product to sell. Making culture a business enterprise kills the pure spirit so essential in making good art, music, or poetry. CA Palm strives to keep this spirit alive.


The California Bluegrass Association (CBA) is a California Non-Profit Corporation which was founded in 1975 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The CBA is dedicated to the furtherance of Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Gospel Music in California. The Articles of Incorporation further state that the organization is formed to promote, encourage, foster, and cultivate the preservation, appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, support, and performance of traditional instrumental and vocal music of the United States.

Blue Grass Bands in California. There are a number of pages, be sure to click to the next page.


California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties.

California Lawyers for the Arts is to establish a bridge between the arts and the legal communities so that: artists and art groups may gain greater competence in handling legal and business aspects of their creative activities; the legal profession may become more aware of and involved in issues affecting artists and the arts community and, the law may become more responsive to the needs and interests of the arts community.

California Music Ventues: Select the city you wish to review.

California Songs: List of songs about California.

California WorldFest: The 14th annual California WorldFest is July 15-18, 2010 and features eight stages of music and dance from around the world, camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts, and the renowned children's program.

The Central Valley Youth Symphony, based in Stockton, California, was established in 1965 with the purpose of providing young musicians with the opportunity to join an orchestra made up of other musicians of comparable skills and interests. CVYS consists of 70 students between the ages of 8 and 22 years; four coaches from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music; two sectional directors; board of directors; and family and friends of the students.


Changing Faces Theater Company (Lodi, CA.) An impressive student-run, non-profit theater company, organized in the summer of 2002 to teach young people the craft of theater: performance techniques, stage/set design and construction, lighting design, costume design, and theater production, including producing a dinner show, running a box office, marketing, publicity, and managing staff.

CFTC provides a constructive summer outlet for youthful energy and the self-confidence gained from participating in this structured project oriented environment prepares students for the demands of employment and everyday life in the post-scholastic world.


Chronology of San Francisco rock music from 1965-1969.

Miles Cope has produced and organized numerous benefits and concerts featuring nationally acclaimed Jazz & Blues artists.

COPYRIGHT: The official USA government website for copyright information featuring recent publications, forms, law resources, and registration information.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a private, non-profit corporation created by Congress in 1967. The mission of CPB is to facilitate the development of, and ensure universal access to, non-commercial high-quality programming and telecommunications services. It does this in conjunction with non-commercial educational telecommunications licensees across America.

C.O.U.M.B.A. is a federal 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt non-profit organization with the aim of raising global awareness through the international languages of music and art, with a primary focus on using African diaspora culture. With the support of other organizations with a similar purpose, C.O.U.M.B.A. is bringing together international and local artists in support of charitable and important causes affecting African and all communities, with the ultimate goal of creating hope, raising money, and expanding cultural knowledge and acceptance.

Cultural Odyssey Together has developed over a dozen original productions that demonstrate their vision of "ARTS AS SOCIAL ACTIVISM". Since its inception, Cultural Odyssey has been committed to the creation of original work by artists of all cultures. Cultural Odyssey is one of the Bay Area's leading touring ensembles and regularly tours the United States, Japan, the Caribbean, and Europe. The company has developed deep artistic roots and community support in San Francisco by showcasing productions, presenting local and national acts for Bay Area audiences, and developing innovative arts training programs for the community. Cultural Odyssey is dedicated to interacting with its community to develop performances and services that have transforming effects.


The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation with principal interests in brain science, immunology, and arts education. They support innovative professional development programs leading to improved teaching of the performing arts in public schools. Their support is primarily directed at professional development courses for arts educators. Their grants specifically target the training of in-school arts specialists and professional artists who teach students preK-12 in the public schools. Organizations must have not-for-profit status to qualify for a grant. The Foundation's arts education work includes offering free publications, books, and articles related to the field, organizing conferences, and providing access to resources in arts learning on their Website.

Projects seeking funding should emphasize innovative training curricula for artists and in-school arts specialists and must meet one of two regional limits: They must originate in New York City, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, and their surrounding areas within a 50 mile radius, or they must cover a rural area of the United States. Other guidelines are included in the application.


Dance for Power is a not-for-profit organization that presents world-class touring attractions in dance, music, and theater. These attractions are artistically diverse in their content, family-oriented, and appealing to a broad patron base. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Elly Pardo, Dance for Power began as a community arts organization with programs in ethnic dance and music. These programs annually serve 10,000+ San Francisco Bay Area students and their families through classroom instruction, performing arts events, arts-based study guides, student ‘teach-ins,’ family workshops, and artist-teacher training sessions.

Dance/USA was founded in 1982 following the release of a report by the Task Force for a National Dance Organization, which called for the establishment of a national service organization for professional dance. Dance/USA's members include over 400 ballet, modern, ethnic, jazz, and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, individuals, and other organizations nationwide.

Experimental Musical Instruments: Websites about unusual musical instruments and instrument making.


Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. On this Wikipedia link you can read the organization's history information, learn about the concerts that have been performed, find the Board of Directors, find a link to the official Farm Aid website, and find a link to the Official Farm Aid Myspace page.

Willie Nelson Official Website

Willie Nelson: Wikipedia

John Mellencamp Official Website

John Mellencamp: Wikipedia

Dave Matthews Official Website

Dave Matthews: Wikipedia

Neil Young Official Website

Neil Young (Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young Official Website)

Neil Young: Wikipedia


Film Independent is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping independent filmmakers get their films made, building the audience for independent film, and increasing diversity in the film industry.

The Folk Alliance (North American Folk Music & Dance Alliance) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the artistic and cultural importance of folk music and dance.

Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that provides services and support to artists and art organizations. They are a community of 50,000+ artists and art groups from every discipline across the country and around the world.


The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA. is a nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music—music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world.



Front Porch Records: Front Porch Recordings was founded in 1997 by poet/dancer Amy Trussell to document folk-based music recorded in small studios and in home studios. The idea is to capture recordings of the artists at work in the same environment where the music was written. Front Porch Records is an independent label for artists recording completely free of the restrictions of the music industry.

Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization that identifies, examines, interprets, and translates the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology, and policy. FMC achieves this through continuous interaction with its primary constituency – musicians – and in collaboration with other creator/citizen groups.


Gathering of Nations is a Native American Indian 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1983 to promote Native American, American Indian (indigenous) culture and tradition, and dispel stereotypes created about Native American Indian and indigenous people. Among many contributions to the Native American community, the Gathering of Nations founded and funds the Academic Scholarship Foundation for Native American Students and hosts the annual Gathering of Nations PowWow, Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations, and Indian Trader's Market the last full weekend of every April at the University of New Mexico Arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Everyone is welcome at the Gathering of Nations!

Gathering of Nations is one of the largest Pow-wows in the United States. Over 500 tribes from the United States and Canada participate. There are 32 Dance categories. Different age group categories including Elders (70+), Golden Age (55+), Adults (19+), Teens, and Tiny Tots. Other competitions include Northern Singers, Southern Singers, Women's Back-up Singing, a competition for Drum Groups and Drummers, and various special competitions. The pageant for Miss Indian World is held each year. The winner is chosen based upon personality, knowledge of tribal traditions, and dancing ability. The Indian Traders Market features artists, crafters, and traders selling Native American and Indigenous arts and crafts.

Gathering of Nations Internet Radio:


Google Search performing Arts Venues

GRAMMY: Official site of the music industry event, the Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy.

Guitar Foundation of America, a multinational guitar organization providing educational, literary, and performance resources and opportunities.

Guitars Not Guns, a charitable non-profit organization that delivers guitars and lessons to needy kids. Volunteers are needed to help deliver and teach.

Harmony Central, a resource for musicians.

Harry Fox Agency was established in 1927 by the National Music Publishers' Association. HFA represents music publishers for their licensing needs in the U.S. and is the foremost mechanical licensing, collection, and distribution agency for music publishers in the U.S. The HFA Songfile is their online song search and mechanical licensing tool for those who want to make 2,500 or fewer copies of a recording as a CD, cassette, LP, or digital download.

Heart & Soul, founded in 1994, is a terrific non-profit organization that strives to heal the human spirit by bringing music and performing arts to isolated people in convalescent homes, pediatric hospitals and other hospitals, centers for children with disabilities, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric facilities, prisons, and homeless shelters.


HEARTWOOD is a regional network that protects forests and supports community activism in the eastern United States through education, advocacy, and citizen empowerment. HEARTWOOD was founded in 1991, when concerned citizens from several midwestern states met and agreed to work together to protect the heartland hardwood forest. This region was once blanketed with a majestic hardwood forest containing more than 70 species of hardwood trees. Unfortunately, much of this forest has been cleared and what remains is mostly isolated fragments of public land that nonetheless play a critical role in providing habitat for wildlife, purifying the air and water, moderating global climate change, and offering places of beauty and enjoyment. Today, our efforts remain rooted in the heart of the central hardwood region, with an emphasis on our core states of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri. Over time, Heartwood has branched out to serve areas of need throughout an 18-state region, giving special attention to the at risk national forests in Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Heartwood: Coal Country Music — Mountaintop Removal CD

Heartwood has been working with singer/songwriter Jason Wilber, who is the guitar player for John Prine, on a compilation CD of music by nationally known recording artists to raise awareness about and help stop the tragedy of mountaintop removal coal-mining. We have partnered with film-makers Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller ­ whose award winning documentary, "The Appalachians," was widely shown on PBS ­ to produce the music CD as a companion piece to their new film, "Coal Country." The CD is called "Coal Country Music." "Coal Country" has been accepted into several film festivals and was recently named the best film of the year at the West Virginia Film Festival. Coal Country will be shown on the Discovery Channel's Planet Green/Reel Impact series and is scheduled to be released on DVD, in conjunction with the Coal Country Music CD release.

"Coal Country Music" includes liner notes by Ashley Judd and Woody Harrelson and information about the Alliance for Appalachia. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will be used to support the work of the Alliance for Appalachia ­ of which Heartwood is a member ­ and be used to STOP mountaintop removal coal-mining. Review copies are available.

For more information, contact Andy Mahler
812-723-2430 E-Mail:

FYI: Many staff members of Starry Night Productions are fans of the amazing Jason Wilber.


Humble Voice showcases music, art, photography, writing, and video work.

Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre was formed in 1979 by a group of actors who believed that working in a collaborative, ensemble style would produce the most affecting theatre, and has grown through the years to include some of the finest directors, designers, technicians, and actors in Denver.

Hutchins Street Square in Lodi, CA. plays host to a wide variety of musical groups, theatre events, city commissions, wedding receptions, business conferences, youth activities, and senior care. Visit any of the links for more information.



International Ballet Theater Institute, founded by Alexe Badrak and Ronna Roberts, is based upon The Russian School, methodologies of top theaters such as the Bolshoi and Maryinsky (Kirov), American arts innovation and elite international education and training methodologies. International Ballet Theater Institute is dedicated to world class ballet theater, music, theater arts technologies and fine arts training, education and performance including cultural development, health, innovative physical training and mind/body/spirit development toward the evolution of art, culture and human development. International Ballet Theater Institute is a member of the Council of International Dance, CID, UNESCO and IUFS, International University of Fundamental Studies, St. Petersburg, Russia, was founded in 1997 and is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit California Corporation.

International Ballet Theater Institute
Arch Studio for Intergrated Arts, Lodi, CA.


International Documentary Association promotes nonfiction film and video, supporting documentary filmmakers, and sponsoring an annual film festival.


The Juilliard School, located at the Lincoln Center in New York City, is informally identified as simply Juilliard, instructs about 800 undergraduates and graduate students in dance, drama, and music.

Juilliard Manuscript Collection:
In 2006, Juilliard received a trove of precious music manuscripts from billionaire collector and financier Bruce Kovner. The collection includes autograph scores, sketches, composer-amended proofs, and first editions of major works by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Ravel, Stravinsky, Copland, and other masters of the classical music canon. Many of the manuscripts had been unavailable for generations. Among the items are the printer's manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, complete with Beethoven's hand-written amendments, that was used for the first performance in Vienna in 1824; Mozart's autograph of the wind parts of the final scene of The Marriage of Figaro; Beethoven's arrangement of his monumental Grosse Fuge for piano four hands; Schumann's working draft of his Symphony Number 2; and manuscripts of Brahms's Symphony Number 2 and Piano Concerto Number 2.


Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, an amazing company of dancers, singers, and actors under the direction of Billy Siegenfeld.


Kazoo America

Kazoo: Captian Kazoo Muesum shares a collection of vintage kazoo and kazoo related instruments and recordings.

Kazoo Factory, Museum, and Gift Shop of Eden has a variety of Kazoos to complete or start your own Kazoo band.

Kazoo: Kazoobie Kazoos manufacturers kazoos and other Americana musical instruments.
Kazoobie Kazoo Links
Rick Hubbard and His All-Kid Kazoo Band
National Kazoo Day

Kazoo: The Share Arts Foundation

Kazoo: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney
FYI: According to liner notes on the Ringo Starr album Ringo, the song "You're Sixteen" features Paul McCartney playing "mouth saxe." Paul is actually playing a kazoo, which he plays with vocal rather than instrumental technique. He chose to name it "mouth saxe" because kazooists can pretty much do what they want and McCartney is no exception. Starry Nights Productions learned about this from a terrific little book: The Complete How To Kazoo User's Guide & Practitioner's Manual by Barbara Stewart.

The Complete How To Kazoo User's Guide & Practitioner's Manual by Barbara Stewart.


Laugh Track Live is a standup comedy show featured in the Movie Lounge at The Matineé – Video Lounge, Bar & Grill. The Matineé is located on the Miracle Mile at 1825 Pacific Ave, Stockton, California in the old Stockton Royal movie theater. Comedy shows are every first & third Saturday of every month.

Lennon: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions -- with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Maxell Song of the Year.

Lodi Arts Commission: The City of Lodi, CA. has always recognized the importance of the arts in the lives of both its citizens and visitors. The Lodi Arts Commission plays a critical role in translating that commitment into action… but they cannot do it alone. Without the support of the City of Lodi, the Lodi Arts Project Fund, and the tireless efforts of countless volunteers, they would be unable to provide the robust and diverse arts and culture environment that enriches the community. They envision unlimited opportunities and resources available to further the arts so that access to participation by all community members is not hindered by economic, social, or cultural barriers. Through the arts, the local economy and culture is invigorated for the benefit of their collective future. To learn about Art on the Square, First Friday Art Hop, Smooth Jazz Series, Open Studio Tours, Artisan Masters, Arts Education, Grants, Scholarships, and more please visit their website.

Lodi Community Art Center and Gallery is a California Public Benefit Corporation that was formed to encourage an interest in, and a study of, the arts: To provide a meeting place for the members of the organization; classrooms for art instruction; and to sponsor the services of a gallery or exhibition place for the display of arts and crafts.

Lodi Community Band, Inc. is comprised of a group of volunteer musicians from Lodi and the surrounding area, from a variety of backgrounds and professions, including current and retired music educators, and professional musicians. What they have in common is a love of music and desire to support the performing arts in the community.

Lodi News-Sentinel Music and Events (CA).

Luna's Cafe and Juice Bar in Sacramento, California features great creative arts opportunities. Please visit their website and click on their "Entertainment Calendar" link for information about art, music,comedy, and poetry readings.

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Meet The Composer, a national organization, is a project of the New York State Council on the Arts. Led by visionary composer John Duffy, Meet The Composer strives to enable composers to make a living writing music, and to increase their visible presence as creative artists. They serve composers of every kind of music throughout the United States. Through a range of commissioning, residency, education, and audience interaction programs, Meet The Composer has revolutionized the environment for composers in this country, establishing broadly accepted standards of payment, and opening doors for composers to work in cultural institutions of all kinds.

Moss Foundation: The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education promotes the integration of visual and performing arts into educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. The Foundation was created and initially funded in 1995 by the P. Buckley Moss Society, an organization of 15,000+ members worldwide. Local chapters use fundraisers to support projects within their communities. Humanitarian Pat Moss is noted for her charitable endeavors, one of which is the education of children. She believes art in all of its forms must be an integral part of the curriculum, especially to help children with learning differences succeed in school. She has actively promoted educational programs in the USA, Japan, and Panama. The Moss Foundation strives to encourage using visual and performing arts in all educational programs, but especially in those programs involving children who learn differently.

Musi-Cal: Search for concerts for your favorite musicians, check out festival links, or browse club listings.

Music of California

Musicians and Fine Artists for Peace (MFAWP): Performers, artists, DJs, musicians, producers, music venues, and festivals from around the world can have a very special role in cocreating world peace and transformation through music and the performance arts when they join Musicians and Fine Artists for World Peace, MFAWP. With 3100+ members in 57 countries we invite you to join us if you resonate with our mission statement and goals. MFAWP was founded by Alan Moore in 1999 to help produce, promote, and support worldwide and regional cultural events, concerts, and festivals that champion basic human rights, nonviolence, world peace, and environmental awareness. environments, as well as finding new solutions to resolve international conflicts.

The Musicians Foundation helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical, and allied expenses. They don't award scholarships, loans, or composition grants. Financial assistance is limited to musicians working in the United States. All professional musicians, regardless of genre, are eligible to apply. They also work with other charitable organizations and unions to achieve greater support for musicians and their families.

Musicians' Intellectual Law & Resources Links: A website for musicians. Musicians (and writers and artists) need to protect their intellectual property, i.e., their compositions, sound recordings, album cover art work, writings, and band logos. This comprehensive website assists musicians by providing them with resource links helpful to the promotion of their music. Additionally, this website contains information about attorney/webmaster Jay M. Schornstein and the services he provides.

Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization formed in 1999, brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Musicians On Call uses music to promote and complement the healing process for patients, families, and caregivers.

Nacnud Sound, an excellent recording studio in Central California.

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) provides an education center for songwriters from all genres of music, professional and amateur, including industry panels, song camps, and workshops on the business and craft of songwriting.

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) is a nonprofit association whose membership comprises a diverse mix of organizations and individuals dedicated to a common goal: the support and advocacy of independent film, video, audio, and digital arts.

The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. The NADC is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community, and the only center of its kind. Their information is aimed at artists with disabilities, arts organizations, museums, arts administrators, disability organizations and agencies, performing arts organizations, art centers, universities, arts educators, and students. The NADC is a project of the University of California, at Los Angeles, Tarjan Center. The NADC web site offers free resource directories, and annotated bibliographies on a wide array of subjects.

National League of American Pen Women consists of women who have demonstrated creative talents in art, letters, and music composition. There are Pen Women branches throughout the United States. In some states, there are state associations of affiliated branches.

The National Performance Network (NPN) has brought innovative performing artists to all corners of the United States. Today, NPN has grown to a partnership of 55 art organizations, called Partners, in over 36 cities across the country. NPN connects artists with communities around two simple ideas - to help artists make work in their own neighborhoods, and to cross geographic and cultural divides to increase the traffic of fresh, challenging artistic work.

National Public Radio (NPR) is a public radio network renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information, and cultural programming.

The Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) is a consortium of North America's permanent ensemble companies. NET is committed to preserving and passing on the legacy of the ensemble theater movement. The companies making up the NET include some of the most prestigious and vital ensembles in the United States as well as new ensembles that will inherit and reinvent this movement.

The New York Blues & Jazz Society is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization that exists through membership and donations. They are dedicated to educating the public about blues and jazz music, and supporting area musicians who perform these important cultural genres.

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) is one of the largest independent film festivals in the world. NYIIFVF has been recognized by the film and entertainment industry as one of the leading film events on the independent festival circuit. The festival hosts film, music, and art events in the two entertainment capitals of the United States: New York and Los Angeles.

The Nihilist Spasm Band (NSB) is a London, Ontario-based noise band. The band was formed in 1965 by Hugh McIntyre, John Clement, John Boyle, Bill Exley, Murray Favro, Archie Leitch, Art Pratten, and Greg Curnoe. Leitch has since retired, Curnoe was killed in a bicycle accident in 1992, and McIntyre died of heart failure in 2004. The band members are mostly local artists. The term "spasm band" refers to a band that uses homemade instruments. Indeed, most of the NSB's instruments are modifications of other instruments, or wholly invented by the members. In addition to the homemade instruments, members are encouraged to improvise. The range of the improvisation is such that instruments are not tuned to each other, tempos and time signatures are not imposed, and the members push the ranges of their instrumentation by engaging in constant innovation.

Open Directory Project (Comedy and Theatre)

Opera America is a service organization for opera in North America and abroad; including a searchable database of upcoming opera performances.

Performing Arts Online: This website started out as a simple labor of love designed to help facilitiate communication amongst people involved in the Performing Arts Industry. It has become more popular than anticipated.

Prison Performing Arts is a multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program that serves incarcerated adults and children at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, Hogan Street Regional Youth Center, Northeastern Correctional Center (NECC) in Bowling Green, MO and Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, MO.

Recording Artists' Coalition is a nonprofit, non-partisan coalition formed to represent the interests of recording artists with regard to legislative issues in which corporate and artists' interest conflict, and to address other public policy debates that come before the music industry.

Roseville Arts! (formerly the Roseville Arts Center) is an active community resource. Established 40+ years ago to promote the arts in its many formats, Roseville Arts supports local artists and brings artwork from around the world to the area. As a non-profit organization, Roseville Arts is entirely funded by memberships, grants, sponsorships, fund raising events, and other donations. With the dramatic growth in Placer County, the Roseville Arts Center's board of directors recognized that the center had to change significantly to successfully continue its mission. Following the sale of its former facility, the Haman House, the center temporarily moved its operations and exhibits to 405 Vernon Street. The Vernon Street facility, a former restaurant and bar turned office space, was transformed into the functional 405 Gallery with the generous assistance and dedication of volunteers. The 405 Gallery has been demolished to make way for a new City of Roseville parking structure. Roseville Arts now occupies the main floor in a handsome new arts venue within the structure fronting Vernon Street. The new Blue Line Gallery of over 5,000 square feet, showcases the works of regional as well as national artists and feature a state-of-the-art gallery complete with flexible exhibition space suitable for small musical performances, lectures, demonstrations, and poetry readings. A special children’s gallery will provide a dedicated location for children’s programs, exhibits, and workshops.


The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), established in 1977, is a public agency devoted to supporting, promoting, and advancing the arts in the region. Funded by the City and County, they provide funding to local artists and arts groups; promote the arts through marketing, outreach and education initiatives; provide resources to support and increase regional arts education activities; and serve as a community partner and resource.

The San Joaquin Film Society, Inc. (SJFS) is the benchmark cinema arts organization in California's 400-mile Central Valley. It is home to the annual San Joaquin International Film Festival and year-round World Cinema Series. The Film Society celebrates cinema arts, multi-cultural appreciation, and global outreach through year-round productions of festivals and educational programs.

They are dedicated to celebrating the artistry, diversity, and power of filmmaking, bringing the world's best, rarest, and newest works in cinema arts and media discoveries to the Valley. They presents 50+ programs and events annually, featuring over 150 films from 35+ nations; along with visiting directors, actors, luminaries, and cinema arts educators from around the nation and world; social events and galas, special screenings, and workshops for filmmakers and filmgoers. Their adventurous programs reach diverse and multi-cultural audiences in venues in Stockton, Modesto, and Tracy.


Saint Peter Community Theater in Lodi, California:
St. Peter Community Theater is a nonprofit Christian community theater that provides quality, affordable community theater to everyone. The actors, directors, production coordinators, technical crew, and stage crew are dedicated, energetic volunteers who donate their time and energy to the productions.

Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Official site for the labor union representing actors in film.

Sing Out!

Sheet Music: 19th Century California Sheet Music.

SongLink International, an impressive resource for anyone in the business of pitching or seeking songs. SongLink International provides accurate information to music publishers and songwriters, with hundreds of satisfied subscribers all over the world, many of whom have successfully placed songs and made valuable new industry contacts through SongLink's service.

The Songs of Love Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing personalized songs for chronically and terminally ill children and young adults free of charge.

Songwriter Meetup


SongwriterUniverse Magazine presents a wide range of articles of interest to songwriters, artists, the music community, and fans in general.


The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh

Here is a wonderful YouTube slide show (scroll down on the page) of Vincent van Gogh paintings with a soundtrack of the amazing Don McLean singing “Vincent”.


Starry Night (The Movie, Directed by Paul Davids)

Paul Davids Official Website


Starrynight Productions, Inc., a theatre and film company based in Bloomington, Indiana. Russell McGee founded Starrynight Productions in 2008 with the intent of producing quality entertainment for audiences in the form of theatre and film. Starrynight Productions strives to create this quality of art by raising the value of area artists and providing them with professional paid opportunities. In addition to producing, Starrynight Productions will handle future sales and royalties for written works, films, and various other art forms.

Starving Artists Law.Com and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Believe it or not, there are dozens of legal organizations that provide free legal services to nonprofit arts organizations and to artists who can't afford legal services. Issues often handled include contract negotiations, mediation services, nonprofit incorporation, copyright information and infringement lawsuits, tax information, estate planning, and lease review. VLA organizations also provide education programs, including seminars, publications, and the maintenance of art law libraries.

The Stockton Art League is an enthusiastic group of people who are interested in and enjoy the world of art. S.A.L. had its beginnings in 1936 as a critique session, and later as a sketching group. The membership includes professional, semi-professional, and amateur artists, and people who just enjoy their programs and exhibitions.

The Stockton Opera Association and Stockton Opera Guild promotes public interest in operatic music. The Guild has sponsored fund-raising events, assisted in the financial support of the Stockton Opera Association, and has a Scholarship program open to all San Joaquin County vocal students.

Sundance Film Festival, America's premiere showcase for independently produced documentary and dramatic films.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, offers a wide array of services in line with their mission: to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. Their programs and services seek to increase the organizational efficiency of their member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of and appreciation for the theatre field.

United States Artists (USA) is a public charity and grant making organization dedicated to arts advocacy, support, and funding of America's finest living artists.


Bart Vogel, amazing musican/songwriter/friend.
Max Vogel, musican/songwriter/son-of-friend.

Note: Marcus, you ask why Bart is listed. I think he is an inspiring mentor to musicians and definitely worth hearing. You ask why Max is listed. I think Max is listed because this is my website. Warm Regards, D.B.


VSA Arts is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.

Voices Across Time, a website of resources that explores American history through music, is made possible by grants from the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Grable Foundation.

The West Coast Songwriters Association (formerly the Northern California Songwriters Association) a non-profit educational organization.

Wise Fool Puppet Intervention is a theatre project dedicated to community, celebration, and change. In the traditions of public art and processional theatre, they combine giant puppetry, mask, stilt dancing, wild costumes, eclectic sculpture, music, movement, fire and song to create highly participatory, issue-oriented, outdoor theatre that is accessible to all. They develop and produce full-length theatre works, visually support a wide range of community and cultural organizations, and offer free and low cost workshops in puppetry arts, stilt walking, and processional theatre. It is their intention to use art as a vehicle for community building and education, to promote cultural diversity, and to gain media exposure for vital issues by creating striking imagery that cannot be ignored. Wise Fool's work is the distillation of many voices and concerns. They continually seek to create opportunities for people to experience playfulness, magic, and hope.