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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 2-2-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

MILLENNIALS TAKE THE STAGE

Millennials to Overtake Boomers in 2015
Barry’s Blog
Last fall came news that the majority of Americans are now single. Now comes news (from the Pew Research Center) that this year the Millennials (18 to 34 years) will surpass the Baby Boomer generation in numbers.

NEWS AND OPINION

Katy Perry’s Halftime Show Review: A Magical, Polarizing Super Bowl Acid Trip
The Daily Beast: Kevin Fallon
So many people are going to hate Katy Perry’s Halftime Show. But it was silly. It was unapologetic. It had Missy Elliott! And it was fun. Roar on with your bad self, Katy. Well, that was weird. Also, that was just so excellent.
Read additional reviews of the performance here >

The Conversation, Conductors: Alondra de la Parra and Simone Young
BBC
Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra has been described as a 'rock star' of the classical world. Simone Young is an award-winning conductor who is now the artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera and music director of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the Age of Big Data, Arts are a Refuge for Idiosyncrasy
Buffalo.com: Colin Dabkowski
The recent barrage of cultural economic impact studies, increasingly employed as weapons against politicians who would de-fund arts nonprofits, is in many ways heartening. However, the most important functions of arts organizations – to educate, inspire and foster empathy across cultures and experiences – have been and always will be unquantifiable.

The New Ways That Musicians Are Making Cash Are Changing Everything
Noisey: Joe Zadeh
From Taylor Swift sending her fans cheques and homemade paintings to TLC powering up a kickstarter full of personal pledges, soon we’ll actually be able to look popstars directly in the eyes. But why exactly do the mysterious luminaries of music culture suddenly care so much more about each and every one of us?

Is it Time to End the Distinction between High and Low Art?
The Daily Telegraph: Ivan Hewett
Last week a British university hosted a conference on German electropop pioneers Kraftwerk.

Why Self-Censorship of Controversial Artwork is Wrong
ArtNet News: JJ Charlesworth
The latest news, that London's Victoria & Albert Museum quietly pulled from its website a reproduction of a 1990 Iranian poster depicting Muhammad, held in the V&A's collection, is dispiriting.

Our Responsibility to the Next Generation
NewMusicBox: Marie Incontrera
We must learn our scales before we can improvise; likewise, we must know where our traditions came from so we can create our own.

NATIONAL

Carnegie Plans Vast Composing Effort
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Carnegie Hall will celebrate its 125th anniversary next season by starting a new project to commission some 125 new works over the next five years.

Mason Bates Named First Ever Composer-in-Residence at The Kennedy Center
Classicalite: Jaime Prisco
The 38-year-old Bates will compose music across artistic genres and curate a new contemporary music series in this three-year long residency with the center.

With Yannick in Place, Philadelphia Orchestra Prepares for a Big Ask
Philadelphia Inquirer: Peter Dobrin
Though the Philadelphia Orchestra has a steep climb ahead in its largest-ever fund-raising campaign effort, several key pieces helping to smooth the path are falling into place.

The Death of Music Sales
The Atlantic: Derek Thompson
If CDs are truly dead, then digital music sales are lying in the adjacent grave. Both categories are down double-digits in the last year, with iTunes sales diving at least 13 percent.

INTERNATIONAL

In Lean Times, European Opera Houses Find Ways to Flourish
The Globe and Mail
Good arts companies can thrive even in bad times. Very few can prosper in truly terrible economic conditions, like those prevailing in Greece and Spain.

Education Portal for London Takes Shape
ArtsProfessional: Liz Hill
New research reveals the challenges that need to be overcome to improve communications between schools and cultural organizations.

India’s Lone Male Tenor wants to ‘Indianise’ Opera
Reuters: David Lalmalsawma
Mukerjee, who said he is in his mid-thirties (he wouldn’t give his exact age), spoke with India Insight about his plan to popularize opera, his interest in Bollywood and releasing a song in Hindi.

INNOVATION and ENTREPRENEURSHIP

5 Tips for Writing a Mission Statement that Doesn’t Suck
Fractures Atlas: Nathan Zebedeo
Lots of artists and arts organizations seize the New Year as an opportunity to take stock of what’s working for them and what’s not. And so often, one thing that’s not working is their mission statement.

JUST FOR FUN

Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From
NPR
In case it's not marked on your calendar, Wednesday, Jan. 28, was National Kazoo Day.



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