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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 1-12-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

FEATURE

The Death of the Artist: The Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
The Atlantic: William Deresiewicz
Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?

The Artist Endures
The Atlantic: Robinson Meyer
American creators are embracing the ideals and practices of craftsmanship—but that’s less of a break from tradition than a return to it.

JE SUIS CHARLIE

Charlie Hebdo and the Right to Commit Blasphemy
New York Magazine: Jonathan Chait
The right to blaspheme religion is one of the most elemental exercises of political liberalism.

New York Philharmonic Responds to Attacks in Paris
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
Alan Gilbert dedicated a concert last week to the memory of the victims and to the principle of free speech. “We are all Charlie,” he said, to much applause.

RESEARCH & OPINION

Classical Revolution Executive Director’s Resignation Plea: Keep it Revolutionary!
Christopher Corbell
Empowerment of the individual, regardless of background or privilege, is what makes us revolutionary.

Seven Reasons You DO NOT Need an Orchestral Job to Make a Great Salary As a Musician
Music School Central: Bill Zuckerman
To make a great living as a musician and to be happy, you absolutely do not need an orchestra job and may not even want one. Here are seven reasons why.

Cultivating a More Youthful Orchestra
New York Times: Michael Cooper
American orchestras and major music institutions are chasing youth with ever more ambitious programs to reach, and teach, the next generation of players.

New Music and Globalization: Networked Music
Digital Music News: Nina Ulloa
Music had the highest number of backed projects in 2014. 4,009 music projects were funded. According to Kickstarter, music projects have the third highest success rate. 53.58 percent of music projects are funded.

Music Sales Down In Almost Every Category In 2014 [Year End Stats]
All About Jazz
U.S. music sales were down in virtually every category in 2014 compared to 2013, according to year end stats shared by Nielson. Only vinyl was up, an impressive 54%. The culprit? Streaming music—both free and paid—jumped 54%, as more and more consumers shifted from buying music to borrowing it.

The Shazam Effect
The Atlantic: Derek Thompson
Even when offered a universe of music, most of us prefer to listen to what we think everyone else is hearing.

NATIONAL

Piano Stores Closing as Fewer Children Take up Instrument
AP: David Pitt
Some blame computers and others note the high cost of new pianos, but what's clear is that a long-term decline in sales has accelerated.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Embarking on New El Sistema Initiative
LA Times: David Ng
To better unify the disparate El Sistema education programs across the United States, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is embarking on a new initiative with four other organizations to create a national platform for youth orchestras.

Changing of the Guard: Five Prima Ballerinas Reflect on the Biggest Change in the Dance World
Huffington Post: Carla Escoda
This is an extraordinary time in the dance world, when five of the greatest ballerinas of our time, from leading American ballet companies, have, coincidentally, all announced their retirement within months of each other.

Atlanta Symphony Receives $1.25 Million Gift to Endow Musician Position
Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which seeks to endow 11 full-time musician positions over the next four years at a cost of approximately $25 million, received a $1.25 million gift from an Atlanta couple, announced Wednesday.

The Rust Belt Theory of Low-Cost High Culture
Slate.com: Alec MacGillis
The joys of taking advantage of once-grand cities’ still-grand cultural opportunities. Cheap high culture in Baltimore, Buffalo, Detroit, and other midsize cities.

INTERNATIONAL

A Composer Accidentally Hits The Big Time
The Guardian: Nadia Khomami
Mica Levi’s score for Under The Skin, which starred Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial predator, has won her critical acclaim and now a major prize.

2015: Growing Interest in Classical Music in Germany
Orchestra Management
Current audience figures and reports on attendance records show that opera and concert are more popular than ever.

Dancers And Other Artists Protest After Belgian Opera House Kills Off Its Entire Dance Budget
New York Times: Roslyn Sulcas
American and European choreographers reacted strongly this week to the recent announcement that the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the most important opera house in Belgium and a source of some of Europe’s most cutting-edge music and dance productions, would eliminate all dance programming after a forthcoming production by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

JUST FOR FUN

Classical Playlist: Beethoven, Brahms, John Luther Adams and More
New York Times
Times critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.



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