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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 4-20-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

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ORCHESTRAS OF THE FUTURE:
A NEW PARADIGM

The Guardian: Alan Gilbert
As music director of the NY Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert has worked tirelessly to lead the ensemble into the 21st century with new commissions, programs that embrace the merging of art forms, and education projects that forge new connections with communities and audiences. Gilbert recently delivered a lecture to the Royal Philharmonic Society, which is reworked as a guest column in the London Guardian. It’s an excellent read!

RESEARCH AND OPINION

The Arts Connect People and Perspectives by Building Welcoming Communities
By Jane Chu
The power of the arts can be transformative and NEA Chairman Jane Chu has experienced firsthand how this works. She writes that her story is especially relevant today as the White House Task Force on New Americans releases its report to the President on recommended actions the federal government can take to build integrated and welcoming communities across the nation.

Culture as the New Solution
ArtsBlog: Lindsay So
Cultural activity is a component for transformative civic engagement. The social capital generated by the cultural sector is a resource for achieving social benefits, and has the greatest impact in neighborhoods with fewer economic resources.

3 Surprising Music Career Tips You Never Knew You Needed
HypeBot: Christine Occhino
Everyone knows that the music business is tough. With so much conflicting career advice out there, it's enough to make one’s head spin! Here are three surprising music career tips that you didn't know you needed: realize you’re an entrepreneur, invest in yourself, even when money is tight, and don’t play it safe.

32 Million People in the U.S. Attend Music Festivals
Digital Music News: Nina Ulloa
46 percent of these 32 million people are aged 18-34. Fifty one percent are women and 49 percent are men. Music festivals are most popular among Hispanics and African American populations.

Two Ways to View the Vinyl 'Comeback'
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Two very different views of how the vinyl phenomenon in the 21st century differs from the heydays of the 1970s.

Are Nonprofit Arts Organizations Special?
For What It’s Worth: Michael Rushton
Focusing on nonprofits with the exclusion from consideration of other sorts of arts organizations no longer makes sense, if it ever did.

NATIONAL

Christopher Wheeldon, Bringing Ballet to Broadway
The Washington Post: Sarah Kaufman
“An American in Paris,” the first Broadway show that Wheeldon has directed and choreographed, opened in the Palace Theatre on Sunday.

L.A. Phil, Pasadena Playhouse Get Big Grants to Reach New Audiences
Los Angeles Times: Mike Boehm
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse will get a collective boost of $1,425,000 for their efforts to mint new fans in the coming two years, and they've qualified for a second round of grants to carry the effort into 2019.

OPERA America Awards $100,000 to 7 Female Composers
NewMusicBox
From among 61 eligible applicants, seven composers have been chosen to receive a total of $100,000 in support of their opera compositions.

Lawmakers Propose Overhaul of Music Payments to Artists and Labels
Variety: Ted Johnson
A group of congressional lawmakers introduced legislation on Monday to overhaul the way that licensing payment rates are set for digital streaming and satellite play, as well as to pay performers when their songs are broadcast over the airwaves.

Misty Copeland Makes the Cover of Time Magazine
New York Times: Michael Cooper
For the first time in a generation a dancer has made the cover of Time magazine: Misty Copeland, the American Ballet Theater soloist, was chosen as one of the magazine’s “100 most influential people,” and is featured on one of the five different covers for its upcoming issue.

TIDAL Fires 25 Including The CEO
Forbes: Bobby Owsinski
When Jay-Z’s new streaming service TIDAL re-launched a few weeks ago with a lot of undue pomp and circumstance, you can be pretty sure that the company didn’t expect the backlash that ensued. It looks like all the hubbub has had some effect, as multiple reports have Tidal firing 25 staff members, including CEO Andy Chen.

INTERNATIONAL

Faced with Faltering Economy, Mexican Government Slashes Arts Funding
HyyperAllergic: Devon Van Houten Maldonado
At a recent press conference for Mexico City’s Centro Historico Festival, organizers said that more than 5 million pesos ($337,000) in public support had been slashed from this year’s budget, almost overnight.

A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music
NPR: Linda Poon
Today people mostly tune into pop music and classical music in Pakistan has virtually died.

Composer Philip Glass wins the 2015 Glenn Gould Prize
CBC News Arts & Entertainment
Glass was chosen from a distinguished list of international candidates.

(Stephane) Denève has a Head Full of Curls - and Ideas
Philadelphia Inquirer: Patrick Stearns
In the current generation of so-called rock-star symphony orchestra conductors, Stéphane Denève definitely has the hair – and is making quite a name for himself as an inspiring, thoughtful international musician.

INNOVATION

Music Mavericks: Making Money Without the Majors
Forbes
Even as record companies renew their grip on the music industry, a handful of artists have been able to carve out profitable niches beyond the major label framework.

Lessons from Steve Jobs
Barry’s Blog
In an article in the Harvard Business Review, Walter Issacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute (and author of the Steve Jobs biography) details some of the lessons that can be learned from Steve Jobs' extraordinary success as an innovator in transforming how we communicate and do business.

FOR FUN

Official Guided Video Tour of Music on Apple Watch
HypeBot
The Apple Watch has been one of the company's most anticipated and buzz about product releases, and like most things that Apple does, music is front and center. Yesterday, Apple released a series of videos offering guided tours of features on the Apple Watch including this one on music.

NEW TO YOUTUBE ‘Game of Thrones’ Cover
Cello Rock Band, Break of Reality

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