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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 02-22-2016

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

Discomfort THE ARTS IN THE US ECONOMY
National Endowment for the Arts

How much did the arts contribute to the US economy in 2013?  It’s a whopping $704.2 billion, which is 4.2% of the US economy – a 32.5% increase since 1998. In all, the performing arts sector has grown faster than cultural production in general, contributing $44.5 billion. See the complete report here.
Read a critique by Judith Dobrzynski here!

OPINION AND RESEARCH

Using Art as City Problem Solver
The Boston Globe
Boston’s new artist-in-residence program will embed local artists inside city departments to promote creative thinking about municipal government.

Should Taxpayers Subsidize the Arts?
The Smart Set: Michael Lind
Patronizing the next Horace or Vergil or Sappho seems like something that the nonprofit sector can do quite well without aid from the public sector, other than indirect subsidies in the form of tax breaks for philanthropic giving.

American Musicologists At War Over Jailhouse Professor
SlippedDisc: Norman Lebrecht
The row over Pierpaolo Polzonett’s account of teaching musical analysis in prison has spilled over into a nuclear war over the alleged lily-white state of American musicology.

In Prison, Music Can Set You Free (Video)
Great Big Story
Can music heal us? The Decoda chamber ensemble is convinced it can by making music accessible to everyone. Even the incarcerated. Every year, the New York City-based collective spends one week at the Lee Correctional Institution teaching inmates at the maximum security facility to play and compose music as part of a rehabilitation program.

How to Listen to Music: A Review of “Every Song Ever”
The New Yorker: Hua Hsu
NYT critic Ben Rafliff’s new book, “Every Song Ever,” is a significant meditation on listening to music in an age of musical plenty.

Opera's New Voices: 10 Composers Making Overtures to Greatness
The Guardian: Amanda Holden
The Opera Guide – just updated in a new digital edition – features the world’s 100 most performed composers. With almost 20% of that number still writing today, its editor picks ten living composers who’re new to the guide.

THE GRAMMYS

Grammys smile on IU Jacobs School of Music alumnae Laura Sisk, Lindsey Lang and Angela Brown
IU Jacobs School of Music
Three alumnae from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music are in a Grammy daze today following last night’s broadcast of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Kendrick Lamar Sweeps Rap Field at Grammys; Taylor Swift Wins Best Album
The New York Times: Ben Sisario
Although Ms. Swift had been nominated for all of the most prestigious categories, the top awards were split fairly evenly among a crop of young stars.

2016 Grammys: Roundup of Jazz, Opera and Classical Honorees of the Evening
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
With appearances from the 12-year-old piano-playing prodigy Joey Alexander to an earthshattering performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the ensemble cast of Hamilton, other areas like Best Opera Recording and Best Jazz Album also gave out some well-deserved accolades during the evening's ceremony.

NATIONAL

A Powerful ‘Elektra,’ Sheep at the Armory and Other Spring Classical Highlights
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini, James Oestreich, Zach Woolfe and Corinna da Fonesca-Wollheim
Leading classical music writers discuss the Met’s new production of Elektra, a commemoration of Robert Shaw’s 100th, and Alan Gilbert’s NY Phil Biennial.

The First Lincoln Center Hall of Fame Inductees
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
The first inductees into Lincoln Center's brand new Hall of Fame arena have been announced. In the first round of names to make the cut are Louis Armstong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Leontyne Price and Harold Prince.

Blues Foundation Announces 2016 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees
HypeBot
Five legendary blues performers, two individuals who were instrumental in the creation of blues music, five single blues recordings, one blues album and an important piece of blues literature will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on May 4th.

Philip Glass Menagerie: The Composer on 26 Years of the Tibet House Benefit Concert
Newsweek: Steve Pyke
This year’s lineup, or Glass menagerie, includes the godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, and a score of indie stars and lesser-known acts such as Gogol Bordello, FKA Twigs, Sharon Jones, Basia Bulat, Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Helge van Dyk.

Met to Stage Its First Opera by a Woman Since 1903
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Hard to believe… but good to know that this is finally happening.  The Met will present the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s ethereal “L’Amour de Loin,” one of the most acclaimed operas of the 2000s.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Steven Stucky Dies at 66
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
The composer whose work was widely commissioned by major orchestras around the world and who earned respect as a conductor, teacher and author, died on Sunday at his home in Ithaca, N.Y

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Names Gomez Conductor
Arizona Daily Star: Cathalena E. Burch
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday named Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez to succeed George Hanson as music director, two and a half years after the orchestra launched its search in earnest.

Chicago's Iconic Jazz Record Mart Closes its Doors Forever
Classicalite: Teresa Swan
You may roll your eyes and shrug your shoulders at the news of another record store closing or you may be young and naive and shrug your shoulders and ask what the heck is a record store?

INTERNATIONAL

BBC Magazine Becomes Apple Music's Exclusive Classical Curator
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
BBC Music Magazine, the world's best-selling classical music magazine, is the first classical brand to also adopt the Apple Music brand. It will continue its domain as a classical giant alongside playing exclusive host to Apple's classical music playlists.

Danish National Chamber Orchestra Kickstarts the Next Three Years
The Strad
After having its state subsidy canceled at the end of 2014, this organization thought outside of the box and used the popular crowd-funding source, Kickstarter, to finance the £300,000 needed for their 2015 season.

Unions Plan Crisis Talks ‘For the Survival of ENO’
The Stage: Matthew Hemley
Trade bodies BECTU, Equity and the Musicians’ Union are planning discussions to save English National Opera from becoming a “part-time company…and campaign together for the survival of ENO as a full-time, world-class opera company.”

Vancouver Opera’s New Leader Supports Festival Format
Vancouver Sun: Kevin Griffin
The new general director of the Vancouver Opera said she is going to do her best to convince people of the benefits of the festival format the cultural organization plans to switch to next year.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Alumna Sarah Kapustin Inspires Her Audience on a Musical Journey
Kickstarter
Her goal is to bring these pieces to as many people as possible: in concert halls, schools, office buildings, homes, churches...anywhere and everywhere.

Five Macro Trends That Arts Organizations Need to Watch
Huffington Post: Robert L. Lynch
With 2016 up and running, here is a good set of things to be aware of: Nonprofits Are Being Expected to Play by For-Profit Rules; Target Markets Are Changing and Expanding; Tomorrow's Leaders Need Opportunities for Development and Growth; The Necessity of Collaboration.

How To Be Your Own Music Publicist: Part One
Cyber PR Music
This is the first installment of a 3-part series designed to help you execute your own effective music publicity strategy.

The Art of Collaboration: 10 Essential Skills for Successful Music Entrepreneurs
I Care if you Listen: Astrid Baumgardner
At its best, collaboration unites the creative voices of multiple equal partners who share a common vision and mission to create something that is bigger than the sum of its parts. 

Kanye West’s Never-Ending Reveal of Pablo is Disrupting the Music Industry
The Globe and Mail: Josh O’Kane
More than 20 million people tried to tune in to Kanye West’s Madison Square Garden fashion show this month, where he debuted his new album The Life of Pablo. Most of them did not succeed. The overwhelming demand broke the stream.

How To Use Samples In Your Tracks Without Getting Sued
LANDR Blog
Not sure how to sample? No worries, this step by step guide to creating the perfect sample will get you started.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Meryl Streep ‘Seems Perfect’ in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ Trailer (Video)
The Wrap: Jeff Sneider
Directed by Stephen Frears, the Paramount release co-stars Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg and Rebecca Ferguson.

Watch Classical Duo Black Violin, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne Perform on Jimmy Fallon
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
The performance came as the debut of Chainz and Wayne's forthcoming collaborative effort Collegrove.

Tbilisi to Reopen Opera House That Has Survived Tsars, Soviets and Civil War
The Guardian: Andrew North
With funding from nation’s richest man, Georgia’s former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, this prestigious cultural institution hopes to bring back glory years.

Former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Cellist Arrested with 100 Pounds of Pot
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
Former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cellist David Roy was arrested this week after being discovered with more than 100 pounds of marijuana in his car. The marijuana, police say, could have sold for upwards of $226,000.

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