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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 6-15-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

LEADING WITH STREAMING

How Medici.tv Turned a Slowing TV Market into a Speedy, Streaming One
Musical America: Philip Sommerich
Eight years after its founding, classical music’s best-known streaming platform continues to forge ahead.

How the Detroit Symphony Live-streamed Its Way to Success
Musical America: John Fleming
The only major American orchestra to stream its concerts regularly is reaping major benefits.

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Music is Free Now – and the Industry Only Has Itself to Blame
New Statesman: Bob Stanley
Unpicking the recording industry’s tangled history of takeovers, piracy and changing technology.

On Demand in Demand
Music Industry Blog: Mark Mulligan
A well-written overview of how listeners habits are changing, with profound implications for artists.

Is it Time for Songwriters to Disrupt the Art Form?
ASCAP: Mike Errico
Are streaming services, through their business model, incentivizing a change in song form?

Musical Tastes Mirror Class Divides 
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
Even as our listening options multiply, there's still a huge disconnect between the types of music enjoyed by members of different social classes.

Stop "Defending" Music Education
Huffington Post: Peter Greene
Do not defend a music program because it's good for other things. That's like defending kissing because it gives you stronger lip muscles for eating soup neatly. Defend it because music is awesome in ways that no other field is awesome. Defend it because it is music, and that's all the reason it needs.

Ornette Coleman’s Revolution
The New Yorker: Richard Brody
One of the main reasons why 1959 is often cited as a watershed year in modern art is the arrival of Ornette Coleman to New York; the release of his first major-label record, “The Shape of Jazz to Come,” in October of that year; and the beginning of his epochal gig at the Five Spot, in November.

NATIONAL

Celebrating 50 Years of New York Philharmonic Outdoor Concerts
New York Times: William Robin
Since its first concert in Central Park on August 10, 1965, 14 million people have heard the Philharmonic in a series that’s become a staple of the New York summer.

After the Riots, Baltimore’s best Shot at Redemption may be its Arts Community
The Washington Post: Frances Stead Sellars
The Baltimore arts district seeks to return the city to its former glory.

Boston Early Music Festival Makes Monteverdi Its Main Attraction
New York Times: James Oestreich
The sheer weight of the Monteverdi venture — the number of performers and costumes, the amount of performance time (some 10 hours total), let alone rehearsal time — is remarkable.

Mountain Time
Opera News: Philip Kennicott
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon gives the scoop on her first opera, Cold Mountain, set for its world premiere in Santa Fe.

Colonial Williamsburg Cuts Funding to Symphony and Arts Festival
The Daily Press: David Nicholson
Virginia Symphony loses so much funding, it won’t be able to play at Colonial Williamsburg on the Fourth of July.

NY Philharmonic Chooses Anna Thorvaldsdottir for Emerging Composer Program
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, an Icelandic composer known for richly textured works that are often inspired by nature, was named Friday as the New York Philharmonic’s second Kravis Emerging Composer — an honor that comes with $50,000 and a commission to write for the orchestra.

U.S. 2016 Music & Arts Funding Confirmed
NAfME
The U.S. House of Representative’s Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has approved legislation via a voice-vote to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $146 million for FY2016

For Metropolitan Opera’s General Manager, a $2.1 Million Pay Package in 2013
Wall Street Journal: Jennifer Smith
Peter Gelb earned a total of $2.1 million in salary and benefits in 2013 but said a pay cut he took last year remains in effect. The MET’s operating budget for the 2013-14 season was down about 3.5% from the previous season. Its deficit ballooned in the same period, rising to $22 million from $2.8 million.

INTERNATIONAL

Paradise Lost: When London’s South Bank was Awash with Concertgoers
Slipped Disc: Christopher Gunning
The composer Christopher Gunning has written a moving reflection for Slipped Disc on the invasion of consumer entertainments into what was once a place for musical contemplation.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

How Your Business can Build Lasting Partnerships with Nonprofits
Entrepreneur: Jason Kulpa
Think smaller, take the initiative to reach out, stick to what you know, let your company be a stage, and encourage people to volunteer.

7 Strategies to Help you Pick, Then Develop, the Perfect Partner
Entrepreneur: Stephen Key
All musicians work closely in partnerships with others. Here’s an inside look at how co-founder of InventRight considers his entrepreneurial partnerships.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Are We All Mistuning Our Instruments?
The Daily Beast
According to true believers, music would generate positive healing energy if A were tuned to 432 Hz

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