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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 6-8-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

BLURRED BOUNDARIES

Spotify Wants Listeners to Break Down Music Barriers
New York Times: Frahad Manjoo
The trend looks sure to accelerate as streaming becomes ubiquitous. Streaming services have bred a musical culture that more closely resembles a cocktail buffet than a sit-down dinner: We sample widely.

Apple’s New Music Streaming Service Could Revive the Recording Industry
The LA Times: Ryan Faughnder
Apple Inc. is poised to unveil what analysts and record label executives hope will be a game-changer in the way consumers listen to music.

Why Can’t Streaming Services Get Classical Music Right?
Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it's metadata.

NPR’s Jacob Ganz Opens The Discussion

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Masks and Faces: The Artist amid Global Unrest
Music & Literature: Gidon Kremer
One of the most thoughtful musicians of our time talks on being an artist in globally unsettled times.

A Review of “Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America” 
Foundation Center: Philan Topic
Like an Old Testament prophet, Michael M. Kaiser, the former president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, warns of a fundamental crisis in the arts: the way they are created, managed, and marketed in America is simply not sustainable.

Have Projected Titles Really Been Good For Opera?
WQXR: Fred Plotkin

Projected Titles Have Helped to Save Opera
Brian Wise/Cori Ellison

How ALIAS Thrives by Giving all its Proceeds Away
NewMusicBox: Matt Walker
It is not at all uncommon for musicians to donate their services to perform a concert to benefit a charity. But: who has ever heard of an arts organization giving away 100% of its event ticket proceeds, year-round?

The World Needs Women Rock Critics
The New Yorker: Anwen Crawford

Music Teachers Take the Lead in Their Own Evaluations
NAfME
While teachers and students come down from the pressures of recent high-stakes standardized testing, music teachers are taking the lead in creating the model of how their teaching and their students learning will be assessed.

NATIONAL

Rival Bidders in Talks On Reviving New York City Opera
The Wall Street Journal: Jennifer Smith
Two bidders with competing proposals to buy the failed opera company’s name and intellectual property in hopes of reviving it are now in talks to try to resolve their differences.

DePauw’s Newest Music Venue Opens Monday On The Square
Indiana Public Media: Joe Hren
Music Dean Mark McCoy says the location, on Greencastle’s town square, gives the school an opportunity to showcase the future of classical music while opening their doors to the community.

Q&A: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 'Embedded Reporter'
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Rebecca Koenig
Ricky O’Bannon reflected on his year with the orchestra, the stories he’s enjoyed most, and the themes that have emerged in his coverage of the arts.

Storm Rages through Woodwind Section of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
The Buffalo News: Charity Vogel
In workplace disputes, people often don’t like to talk on the record, and that is the case with the orchestra, where hard feelings drove a wedge in the wind section.

INTERNATIONAL

Harmonia Mundi Record Label Sold to [PIAS]
Music Business Worldwide: Tim Ingham
Established by Bernard Coutaz in Paris in 1958, Harmonia Mundi remains one of the biggest independent players in the classical music sector, with catalogues from the likes of The Deller Consort, Philippe Herreweghe and Rene Jacobs.

Dramatic Cuts to Australian Arts Funding Announced
BlouinArtinfo: Jana Perkovic
The independent and emerging artists are expected to bear the brunt of the cuts: by Friday, Australia Council had suspended or cancelled some of its key grants for small to medium arts organizations.

Canada Council to Simplify Access to Arts Funding
The Globe and Mail: Robert Everett-Green
The Canada Council for the Arts is taking a knife to its funding structures, reducing 147 granting programs to just six, to take effect in 2017 when it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The Musicians Fighting Back Against Extremism
BBC: RobinDenselow
Morocco's Gnawa festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people and has come to symbolize the fightback against Islamic State and extremism.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Get Social, and Promote Your Company at the Same Time
Entrepreneur: Chelsea Berler
As an entrepreneur, you have to remember that the only way a potential client will hear about your existence is if you get the word out.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Tinydesk Concerts
NPR: Bob Boilen
Enjoy a selection of wonderful video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen

Five Music Books You Need on Your Summer Reading List
NAfME
If you want to take along a good book for company, NAfME has you covered with books that cover a wide range of topics.

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