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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 11-02-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

NewMusicBox CLOSE LISTENING

Music theorist and leading music blogger Meg Wilhoite posts a series of articles about the impact of music today for NewMusicBox.

Music and Power. Music and Race.
Music and Genre. Music and Us. 
All worth reading!

RESEARCH & OPINION

East-West Story: The Parallel Lives of Two World-Class Dancers
Der Speigel: Samiha Shafy
Joy Womack is from California, Sergei Polunin from a poor city in Ukraine. One went East to pursue a career in ballet, the other West. For both, talent has proven to be a double-edged sword.

Twyla Tharp on the Road: Shut Up and Dance
New York Times: Twyla Tharp
It’s interesting to read this, following Twyla Tharp’s recent visit to Bloomington, during which she lead a Q&A with the audience.

Spotify Kills Piracy AND Paid Downloads, European Study Finds
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Spotify is causing a noticeable drop in music piracy, according to a just-released European Commission study.  But Spotify also dramatically reducing paid downloads from iTunes and Amazon, with the net effect on music industry revenues balancing to zero.

Will Podcasts Change Music? Deezer and Google Are Both Betting Yes.
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
The podcasting comeback is just getting started, with music a giant part of the resurgence. And the increasingly-policed Soundcloud is losing out, especially as DJs migrate to the less-complicated, fast-growing podcast world.

“The Cost of Your Ticket” is No Way to Raise Money
Artful Fundraiser: Jeremy Hatch
Guilt doesn’t lead to long-term affinity nor loyalty.

Spotify Isn't Killing Record Sales
The Atlantic: Gillian White
A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research takes a look at the streaming services, sales, and unpaid downloads in order to figure out whether, all told, these services are helping or hurting the music industry.

The Lost Art of Listening: Has Classical Music Become Irrelevant?
The Monthly (Australia): Anna Goldsworthy
Might there be a concert a few decades hence in which – God willing – my trio is still performing, but only to an audience of one? And if that listener were to perish mid performance, would we keep playing?

NATIONAL

Rival Visions to Reboot New York City Opera Detailed
Wall St. Journal: Jennifer Smith
Two years after New York City Opera shut down, rival groups seeking to reorganize the bankrupt company are asking its creditors to choose between two competing visions for a revived “people’s opera.”
                                            
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra President Bruce Coppock to Step Down
Pioneer Press: Ross Raihala
Longtime St. Paul Chamber Orchestra president and managing director Bruce Coppock will retire in January, the organization announced Wednesday. His work will be divided between Jon Limbacher, who will serve as president and managing director, and Kyu-Young Kim, who will be the SPCO's new artistic director.

In 'Great Scott,' Joyce DiDonato Leads An Opera Within An Opera
NPR
The new production Great Scott, which premiered Friday at the Dallas Opera, pulls that off with a meta-story of sorts: It's an opera about a struggling opera company, whose future just happens to hinge on the outcome of the Super Bowl.

Adele's 'Hello' Beats First-Day YouTube Viewing Record
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
The Adele video, released on Friday, surpassed 23.2 million views within the first 24 hours on YouTube.  That edges out Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” which reached 20.1 million within its first 24.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Musicians Say No
Fort Worth Weekly: Edward Brown
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians reject a proposed second round of pay cuts.

Tax on Tickets to Lyric Opera and the CSO? Not for Now.
Chicago Reader: Deanna Isaacs
Chicago’s search for new sources of revenue won’t be over anytime soon, and expansion of the amusement tax is an idea that surfaces periodically.

Push for Diversity in Ballet Turns to Training the Next Generation
The New York Times: Gia Kourlas
On the stages of American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet black, Asian, Latino and multiracial dancers are beginning to change the face of ballet where it matters most: Lincoln Center, home base to both companies.

Grant Lets 20,000 NYC Students See 'Hamilton' on Broadway
Associated Press
Some 20,000 New York City high school students will see the Broadway hit "Hamilton" thanks to a $1.46 million grant announced Tuesday by the Rockefeller Foundation.

INTERNATIONAL

We've turned the page, insists English National Opera
The Guardian: Mark Brown and Imogen Tilden
After a difficult year, the opera company affirms its commitment to its core values and central London base.

Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music In October
NPR: Anastasia Tsioulcas
Ever heard of… Namika, Sakanaction, Bajirao Mastani, Deewani Mastani, Gökçe Kılınçer and Lady Leshurr?

The National Ballet of Canada Posts Surplus for Sixth Consecutive Season
Ballet News (UK)
The National Ballet of Canada announced today that the 2014/15 season was a great success, resulting in an operating surplus for the year.

Arts Salary Survey Reveals Stark Gender Pay Gap
ArtsProfessional: Liz Hill
Full-time working women earn less than men doing the same level of work at all stages in their careers, with the gap at senior levels having grown since 2006.

Lucerne Festival to Feature Female Conductors
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
Next summer’s Lucerne Festival announced Monday that it plans to shine an all-too-rare spotlight on female conductors: it will feature 11 women leading orchestras from around the world.

Bolshoi Names New Director of Ballet
Dance Magazine: Wendy Perron
The much awaited announcement of the new director of the Bolshoi Ballet finally came yesterday. Bolshoi Theatre general director Vladimir Urin appointed Makhar Vaziev, who has led La Scala Ballet for seven years and, before that, spent 13 years at the helm of the Mariinsky Ballet.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Sans Serif. Or How to Apply For a Job
Fractured Atlas: Tim Cynova
A few key things to consider, when developing your resume!  Use sans serif in your materials, apply the same style to all your materials, send PDFs, proof your materials, less is more!  There’s much value in this overview.

Hot Sugar Makes Music Out Of Anything And Everything
NPR
As Hot Sugar, Nick Koenig makes what he calls “associative music” our of sounds plucked from everyday life. Hot Sugar is the subject of a new documentary called Hot Sugar's Cold World.

How Ad Revenue Works On YouTube
Hypebot: Gray Gannaway
Those who contribute to YouTube may be curious why their video isn't getting them the same money from advertising as a video with a similar number of views. As it turns out, there are a few factors that negatively impact ad revenue, whether legal or simply the wrong time of year.

Unbeliebable! Justin Bieber Reveals New Album Tracklist Through Graffiti Stunt
Hyperallergic: Claire Voon
The Canadian pop star shared 18 photos of graffiti in 18 cities around the world as a way to announce the tracklist for the 18-song album. Eighteen artists were commissioned for the project, and either the Biebs deliberately chose to work with lesser-known artists, or he was turned down by bigger names (we’d like to give him credit for the former but suspect the latter).

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

The Popularity of Music Genres, 2005-Present
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
A fun set of graphics offers data from 2005-2015, using a Google tool, for rock music, pop music, classical music, electronic dance music, heavy metal, disco.

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