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SELF-EMPLOYED CREATIVE OCCUPATIONS DRIVE INDIANA'S CREATIVE ECONOMY

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced the release of the complete, first statewide research review of Indiana’s Creative Economy and Employment Impact. One month after the release of the study’s executive summary, the detailed report breaks down the statewide research to match the 11 IAC service regions.

Read the press release here >

 
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WHO IS MUSIC EDUCATION FOR?
This week we take you to a conversation started by The Guardian and responded to by musicians across the UK and around the world:

Study Finds Self-Employed Creative Occupations Drive Indiana’s Creative Economy
Indiana Arts Commission: Rex Van Zant
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced the release of the complete, first statewide research review of Indiana’s Creative Economy and Employment Impact. One month after the release of the study’s executive summary, the detailed report breaks down the statewide research to match the 11 IAC service regions.

Another Benefit for Musicians: Quicker Reaction Times

Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
Musical training yields many cognitive benefits, including an enhanced ability to multitask. New research uncovers yet another practical advantage that has ramifications far beyond the concert hall: quicker reaction times.

Time for Changes

Arts Professional: David Taylor
The concert-going experience is the same as it was over a century ago – it’s time to make some changes.

President Trump vs. Big Bird

New York Times: Nicholas Kristof
Perhaps Trumps’ election is a reminder that we need the humanities more than ever to counter nationalism and demagoguery.

An Inconvenient Truth
(About The Arts)
Arts Professional: Joe Hallgarten
Joe Hallgarten proposes a new solution to the uncomfortable fact that attendance at taxpayer-subsidized arts events remains stubbornly skewed by social class.

Can Programs that Help the Military Save the Federal Arts Agencies?

The New York Times: Graham Bowley
With the fate of the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the hands of the Republican lawmakers controlling Congress, supporters of the endowments say mentioning the work they do with the military and veterans is important when lobbying lawmakers.

Why Do We Assume Good Musicians Are Good People?

Vice.com: Drew Millard
Chuck Berry's death has reignited familiar questions over how far critics should go in the impulse to conflate a musician’s work and character.

Nico Muhly on Why Choral Music is Slow Food for the Soul

New York Times: Nico Muhly
A review of Andrew Gant’s book “O Sing Unto the Lord” opens up a conversation about the power of English vocal music in the life of one of today’s leading composers.

 
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Cleveland Orchestra Reduces 2018 Miami Residency Without Explanation
South Florida Classical Review: Lawrence A. Johnson
Despite previous denials that it was planning to shut down its Miami residency, the Cleveland Orchestra is cutting its 2018 Arsht Center concerts in half with no explanation given to the media or to its Miami audiences.

L.A. Phil Names Gail Samuel as Acting President

LA Times: Deborah Vankin
The L.A. Phil recently announced that its executive director, Gail Samuel, will assume the role of acting president and CEO in Borda’s place, effective immediately. Samuel held that position temporarily in 2015 when Borda took a four-month sabbatical at Harvard University.

Rider University to Sell Nearly Century-Old Westminster Choir College

NJ.com: Cristina Rojas
For Westminster Choir College, the music will live on -- but precisely where is still to be determined.

Following $200,000 Debt, Eugene Opera Parts Ways with General Director

OPB.org: April Baer
Eugene Opera General Director Mark Beudert said Monday he will not seek to renew his contract. The company has had a tumultuous year, ending more than $200,000 in debt and two full productions had to be canceled.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Vows to Raise $75 Million in Next 5 Years

Post-Gazette: Marylynne Pitz
Three local foundations are giving $6.5 million to help the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra revise its business plan and broaden its base of donors so the nonprofit can achieve financial stability.

A Concerto for the Philadelphia Orchestra Features Music of Pat Metheny

Philly.com: David Patrick Stearns
The much-lauded jazz guitarist will not be on stage at the Kimmel Center. Imaginary Day: Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra is actually the brainchild of principal percussionist Chris Deviney, a Metheny admirer who has been eager to bring together the two musical worlds and the listeners who come with them.

Blues Museum Opening in 2019 in Chicago’s Loop

Crain’s Chicago Business: Mark Guarino
Chicago blues will soon have a downtown museum dedicated to telling its story. The Chicago Blues Experience, a privately run 50,000-square-foot facility, is slated to open in spring 2019 near Millennium Park.

Strings Attached: How Symphonic Soul Scored Big in The 70s

Discover Music: Ian McCann
Symphonic soul has been around as long as the music itself. People used the word “soul” to describe the playing of bebop musicians, many of whom did not fear working with strings. The rise of symphonic soul was glorious – sometimes vainglorious. It could both rock you to your socks and make you dizzy with its scope and grace. It was thinking about Mozart, Schubert, Brahms... it was American classical music. But at its best, it was still utterly funky and heavy – in a good way. Without it, the world would be a far duller, less uplifting place.

Gay in Ballet: Two Men are Defying Traditions in the Dance World

Out Magazine: R. Kurt Osenlund
An interview with James Whiteside, principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, and Parker Kit Hill, a buzz-worthy quadruple threat who can sing, dance, act, and utilize the vital world of social media, which has spread his queer and quirky performance art across the world and landed him everything from TV castings to sit-downs with The Huffington Post and Paper.

Liz Lerman, Winner of the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award

New York Times: Joshua Barone
A faculty member at Arizona State University, Lerman joins a small class of winners of the award, which was established in 2007 and whose alumni include Merce Cunningham, the socially conscious choreographer Camille A. Brown and the MacArthur “genius” grant recipients Michelle Dorrance and Kyle Abraham. (Ms. Lerman also received a MacArthur, in 2002.)

Composer Mason Bates brings his 'Alternative Energy' to Philly, With Surround Sound

Philly.com: Patrick Stearns
Composer Mason Bates shows every sign of being a classical-music outlander. He looks like a club DJ. The titles of his pieces -- Omnivorous Furniture, for one -- are punk-rock friendly. The music itself sounds so spontaneous it has to be at least partly improvised.

 
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Copenhagen Jazz Festival in Disarray After Israeli Denial
CPH Post: Christian W
Copenhagen Jazz Festival has landed on thin ice due to its controversial response to a query from an Israeli musician over the weekend. In response to asking whether it was possible for his jazz band to attend the festival, the Israeli musician Alon Farber was informed that Copenhagen Jazz Festival did not accept Israeli musicians due to “political reasons”.

‘There’s Still High Culture in America’: Why the National Symphony Orchestra Went to Moscow
Washington Post: Anne Midgette
The National Symphony Orchestra recently completed its first performance in Russia in nearly a quarter of a century. It arrived at a time when official relations between the United States and Russia are, to put it mildly, fraught.

 
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Streaming Helps Music Industry Rebound in 2016 After Years of Decline
Rolling Stone
The outbreak of streaming has officially helped the music industry rebound after nearly a decade of decline, with the Recording Industry Association of America reporting $7.7 billion in revenue in 2016. That's the music industry's highest gross since 2009 and, at an 11 percent improvement over 2015, its best gains percentage-wise since 1998.

Facebook Sucks for Reaching Fans, so Google Decided to Fix That

Digital Music News: Daniel Adrian Sanchez
Google has devised a feature that allows artists to directly message their fans. A new page on Google’s website will allow quick and easy access for fans.  Dubbed ‘Posts,’ verified people and locations can update content for people who are searching for them.

Top 7 Ways to Know if Your Song is Ready for Release

Music Think Tank: Ryan Donnelly
There are always going to be those who rush to the finish line, those who think that paying their dues, or putting in the effort do not apply to them; but, they apply to almost everyone, and how you craft your song is one part creative, one part skill, and another part industry rules.

Five Things To Do Before You Sign That Record Deal

Disc Makers Blog: Matt Davidson
It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz of your music career taking flight, so here are five reality checks to ensure a record deal and label are a good fit.

 

 
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April Fools' Day, Cleveland Orchestra Style: Severance Hall Sits Atop Vast Underground cavern
The Plain Dealer: Zach Lewis
The river, it said, "has a rich history, and has been used by many famous conductors of the orchestra who wished to escape the public clamor following concerts."

What Do Hanson And Madonna Have In Common? Hits Ideal For Saving A Life
NPR: Rebecca Hersher
The river, it said, "has a rich history, and has been used by many famous conductors of the orchestra who wished to escape the public clamor following concerts."

 
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