By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved and sent to the House a measure creating the new position of the State Musician Laureate. The laureate, appointed by the governor biennially, would write and/or perform music to commemorate important events such as ceremonial occasions, celebrations and state anniversaries; act as the governor’s adviser in musical matters; and represent the state’s musical legacy.

“The creation of this role further commits the commonwealth to the importance and value of music in our society,” said Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) who filed the bill on behalf of his constituent Cinzi Lavin of Hull. “The position of musician laureate will allow the commonwealth to officially recognize and reward the mastery of the musical art form, while celebrating the musical history of the commonwealth.”

“This is an important time for the arts in Massachusetts, and as a musician, I’m proud to know my elected officials recognize the power of music to express the highest and best aspirations of us all,” said Lavin. “Raising the status and esteem of musicians is an important step in preserving Massachusetts’ artistic heritage and honoring the musical talent so abundant in our state’s cultural landscape.”

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