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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 09-28-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

Jamie Barton

LEADING THE NEW GENERATION

Alumna Jamie Barton, Opera’s Nose-Studded Rock Star, Returns to the Met
New York Times: Zacahry Woolfe
A leader of a new generation of opera stars at 33, Jacobs School alumna Jamie Barton has the kind of exuberance that leads someone impulsively to get a nose piercing. She’s also self-possessed in the midst of a jam-packed schedule, and realistic about her future.

  • Read the Review: “The superb mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton ... At 33, she seems poised for greatness.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Entrepreneurship Training for Music Majors
Majoring in Music
With “entrepreneurship training,” students are discovering new ways to gear up for working as musicians and in music-related fields.

Must Opera Be ‘Relevant’?
Operavore: Fred Plotkin
I think that when people declare that they don’t find opera “relevant,” what they are really saying is that it is not “relatable.”

What Critics Want
21CM: Allan Kozinn
No matter what critics may assert, taste is both individual and fluid. Yes, there are rules and standards separating the tasteful from the crude, and in theory, there are absolutes and boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed.

The Rise of the “Mindie” Artist
The New Yorker: Carrie Battan
Carly Rae Jepsen’s path to critical acclaim makes her unique among “mindie” artists—major acts with indie cred.

Why 'Hamilton' The Musical Works
NPR: Robin Hilton
On paper, the musical Hamilton sounds like a joke. But even the most skeptical audiences are being won over in droves

Free at Last! “Happy Birthday” is In the Public Domain
Associated Press
The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song "Happy Birthday To You" for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge recently ruled.

NATIONAL

Music Coverage Endangered as Writers from USA Today, Times-Picayune, NY Daily News Exit
Billboard: Patrick Pink
Music coverage at metropolitan dailies has taken a major hit in recent weeks, with writers at several legacy city papers leaving their full-time positions.

Negotiation Update: Philly Enters Limited Play & Talk, Chicago Lyric Settles
Adapstration: Drew McManus
Here’s an overview of what’s been going on in the orchestra negotiation world of late.

Shilvock Named San Francisco Opera General Director
San Francisco Classical Voice: Janos Gereben
After a worldwide search, the winning candidate was found in the office next door. Rather than importing a prominent music administrator, San Francisco Opera gave the No. 2 man a promotion, announcing the appointment of Matthew Shilvock, 39, as the company's next general director.

Dance Serves as Vehicle for Women’s Leadership Conference
The Times-Picayune: Chelsea Brasted
The Women in Dance Leadership Conference will feature speakers with varied backgrounds, including dance but also business, medicine, higher education and technology.

INTERNATIONAL

Paris Opera Shows Off Its Brilliance
The New York Times: Roslyn Sulcas
The Palais Garnier can rarely have looked as beautiful as it did at the opening of the Paris Opera Ballet season on Thursday night.

Paris's Ballerinas Cut Loose at the Opera House – In Pictures
The Guardian
Dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet leave the stage behind and perform in the public space of the Palais Garnier for 20 Dancers for the 20th Century.

New English National Opera Director Admits Company has ‘Lost its Way at Little Bit’
The Stage (UK): David Hutchison
English National Opera’s new music director Mark Wigglesworth has claimed the company has “lost its way a little bit”.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Hires New President
The Vancouver Sun: Kevin Griffin
Kelly Tweeddale, who has been the executive director of Seattle Opera for the past 13 years, takes over her new role on Nov. 16, the orchestra announced Thursday.

Inside the World's Only All-Male Ballet School
The Telegraph: Jonathan Wells
The London Boys Ballet School is unique. Founded in 2014, this one of a kind, all-male institution is championing ballet for boys by focusing on strength, skill and power. And in doing so, it is sending traditional stereotypes pirouetting off into the distance.

Pope Francis Set to Release a Rock/Pop Album
Open Culture
According to Rolling Stone, “The Vatican-approved LP … features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant.”

A Pakistani Pop Star Pulls from the Culture's Musical Past and Present
NPR
Pakistan has produced generations of musicians like Zeb, who defy easy assumptions about art and Islam — whether they're performing Bollywood soundtracks or spiritual Sufi anthems.

Music Studio in Burkina Faso Bombed After Coup
Freemuse
Studio Abazon in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, was attacked in the early hours of 17 September 2015, allegedly targeted by coup soldiers because of the activism of its owner, rapper Smockey.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Nearly 80% of Americans Are Unlikely to Pay for Streaming
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
According to a just-concluded study involving nearly 3,500 Americans, 78% are ‘Somewhat/Very Unlikely’ to pay anything for a streaming service within the next 6 months, with 13% in a gray, unknown area.

My Song Was Played 178 Million Times on Spotify. I Got $5,679
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
If streaming is now worth billions of dollars, where’s all the money going? That’s now a serious question in light of information surrounding Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” easily one of the top tracks across streaming platforms since its mid-2014 release.

Why Content Curation Is Key to Sustainable Growth in Digital Music
All About Jazz (HypeBot): Ari Shohat
A look at why unlimited catalogs can be bad for digital music, and why a limited amount of content curated by people rather than algorithms is important to creating a positive listening experience for the user.

Vinyl Generates More Revenue Than Ad-Supported Streaming
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
According to data released this week by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), vinyl sales reached $221.8 million on 9.2 million units at the half-point of this year in the US, a 52.1 percent year-over-year surge.

A New Free Crowdfunding Platform for Musicians
All About Jazz (HypeBot): Clyde Smith
Ratafire, a new crowdfunding platform, is designed to be easily integrated with pre-existing sites such as Facebook or a blog, allowing artists to raise money for their creative projects while simultaneously connecting with fans and fellow musicians.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Why Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Should See “Hamilton”
The New Yorker: Rebecca Mead
Hillary Clinton is, so far, the only declared Presidential candidate known to have seen “Hamilton”.

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