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THE NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE
IN AMERICAN CREATIVITY

The creative class has, for better or worse, primarily been associated with big American cities along the coasts: out of Richard Florida's top 20 creative-class cities in 2015, only one — Dublin, Ohio — was located in a non-coastal state.But new data recently released by the National Endowment for the Arts suggests that America's Great Creative Divide isn't between the coasts and the center, but rather between North and South. Take a look at the map of the USA in this article and you’ll be amazed.

 
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Playing For Their Lives: The El Sistema Story
Barry’s Blog
Arts Educator, Eric Booth has championed the project for a long time.  Now he, and collaborator, Tricia Tunstall, have published a book on the phenomenon - Playing for Their Lives. 

Opera Needs Radical Overhaul to Survive
The Stage: Graham Vick
Graham Vick is artistic director at Birmingham Opera Company (UK).

Does Opera Deliver Enough Bang for its very Sizeable Buck?
Limelight (Australia): Guy Noble
It might be unfair to compare Madam Butterfly, a poignant tragedy with the witty filth of The Book Of Mormon, but both were playing in London, both are entertainments, and tickets cost roughly the same. One delivered and one didn’t, and sound was one of the main differences. 

Why the Uneasy Relationship Between Dance and Screens Matters
ArtsJournal: Veronica Dittman Stanich
On the Internet, there is little occasion for someone who didn’t set out looking for coverage of dance to serendipitously happen upon it. The small phone screen also emerges as a vehicle that can introduce casual viewers to concert dance.

Music, Multiculturalism and Mr. Dasu
Colin Teaock (blog)
Nouman Dasu is a Muslim man who lives in Toronto. For the last three years, he has been trying to have his children exempted from music classes in a public elementary school. He has stated that music is against his religious views.

 
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How New York City Became the Epicenter of Jazz
Observer: Ted Gioia
Great jazz artists often don’t come from Manhattan, but they struggle to build a reputation and gain career traction if they don’t come to Manhattan.

So You Have $500 Million? Here’s a Shopping List for the Philharmonic’s New Hall
NY Times: Michael Cooper
A frequent concertgoer (and NY Times critic) offers a few suggestions.

Indy Symphony Reaches Contract a Year Early
IndyStar: Allison Carter
Four years ago, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra contract negotiations were so contentious that musicians were locked out and sought work elsewhere.

Detroit Symphony Launches Adult Amateur Ensemble
The Detroit News
Officials say the Detroit Symphony Community Orchestra is the first of its kind for the professional orchestral organization founded in the late 19th century.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Cancels More Concerts as Strike Continues
Star-Telegram: Andrea Ahles
Musicians went on strike last week after rejecting a proposed contract that included pay cuts and higher costs for health insurance. The symphony canceled its 2016-2017 season opening concerts last weekend as a result.

Colorado Symphony Posts First Budget Surplus in 26 seasons, Hires New Music Director
Denver Business Journal
For the first time since it was organized in 1989, the Colorado Symphony is beginning a new concert season with a budget surplus, $1.7 million in cash in the bank and substantial financial commitments toward a goal of creating a $50 million permanent endowment.

Igor Levit wins Gramophone's 2016 Recording of the Year Award
Gramophone
Levit's recording of Bach, Beethoven and Rzewski wins the top prize at this year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards

After Years Underground, a Subway Singer Gets the Spotlight
NY Times: Susan Hartman
Alice Tan Ridley, the mother of the Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe, has been singing in the subway system for 30 years. She will soon perform at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea, in connection with the release of her debut album.

 
  INTERNATIONAL  
 


European Union Tells YouTube: Pay Artists More!

Digital Music News: Daniel Adrian Sanchez
It’s difficult to argue that YouTube pays sufficiently for music and video content. But according to the BBC, a new European draft directive to reform copyrights laws will have video sites like YouTube pay more to both musicians and record companies, whether YouTube likes it or not.

Dancers Protest New Leadership Plans at Staatsballett Berlin
NY Times: Roslyn Sulcas
More than 5,000 signatures have been posted on a petition started by the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin to protest the appointment of the contemporary dance choreographer Sasha Waltz as one of the company’s next artistic directors.

Internet Makes Audiences Harder to Wow, Royal Ballet's Newest Stars Say
The Telegraph: Hannah Furness
While online videos have taken away some of the “wow-factor”, leading people to expect ever-higher jumps and faster pirouettes, they have vowed to prove ballet can be ever more exciting thanks to its storytelling and emotion.

UK Arts Council to Impose Quantitative Measures of Arts Quality
Arts Professional
Arts Council England is forging ahead with plans to impose a standardized system for measuring artistic quality on its NPOs, despite a lukewarm sector response and warnings that this will require a “quantum change” in organizational attitudes to data.

 
  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  
 


Music’s Salvation Might Be Selling Not Songs, But Virtual Reality
Wired Magazine: David Pierce
Ultimately, VR’s appeal to the music industry goes way beyond music videos. Music is about connection, closeness, shared experience. VR may not be able to put you on the tour bus—but in all the other ways that matter, it kind of can.

Cleveland Orchestra Looking for Loyalty with Flexible New 'Members Club' Subscription Plan
The Plain Dealer: Zachary Lewis
The program, now active and deployed through a new smartphone app, is open to all but targets young and middle-aged people who would like to attend more frequently but choose not to commit to traditional subscriptions.

 
  OFF THE BEATEN TRACK  
 

At The Edge of A Cliff, An Orchestra Performs
The Fresno Bee: Andrew Fiala
Perched on the edge of a cliff, the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra performed original pieces composed in honor of Yosemite and the centennial of the National Park Service

 
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