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What's The Value Of Sacred Music In A Secular Age?
Limelight (Australia)
Here are answers from half a dozen contributors: conductors Peter Phillips (The Tallis Scholars) and Harry Christophers (The Sixteen, Boston Handel & Haydn Society), a documentarian, an atheist, an archbishop, and a prominent rabbi. (And no, they did not walk into a bar!)


Creative Ways to Bring Music to Students — Every Day!
In addition to recent research that suggests music training improves literacy, increases brain function, and leaves a lasting mark on the adult brain, a recent study out of Finland found that, even when controlled for gender, school music lessons for four hours a week, over time, left students feeling good about all aspects of school.

Can An App Teach Children The Basics Of Classical Music?
Daily Telegraph
SymbolSmash uses the love story opera “Voyage to the Moon” to teach children the difference between their crescendos and their crochets.


An Orchestra In An App: Cadenza Adapts Musical Backing As You Play
Boston startup Sonation says the app it plans to release early next year will offer a "lifelike" orchestral accompaniment for classical musicians, using technology which adapts the sound of the backing orchestra to the player's style in real-time.

Google's Open Gallery Tool Brings The Art To You
Google's Cultural Institute wants to help, with the release of a free tool called Google Open Gallery. The tool lets anyone, from museums and galleries to artists, easily create beautiful online exhibitions.


IU Faculty Receive 2014 Grammy Nominations
IUB Newsroom
Long-vanished voices and sounds resurrected through technology by Indiana University sound media historian Patrick Feaster and a jazz album by Jacobs School of Music professor Wayne Wallace's quintet both drew 2014 Grammy nominations.

Classical Grammy Nominations 2014: An Esa-Pekka Year?
LA Times
Salonen (or his work) is nominated in three different categories. Other nominees include the familiar (Rattle, DiDonato, Bartoli; Wagner, Beethoven, Pärt), those we should know better (Lutoslawski, Palestrina; Maria João Pires, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir), the up-and-coming (2013 Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw; New York Polyphony), the little-known (Leonardo Vinci, not to be confused with that mirror-writing Mona Lisa guy), and the beleaguered (Osmo and the Minnesotans).

English National Opera Joins The Cinemacast Parade
The Guardian
English National Opera is to begin broadcasting productions live to cinemas - only 18 months after its artistic director, John Berry, suggested that he was far from enthusiastic about the idea.

Cleveland International Piano Competition Increases Top Prize By 50%
The Plain Dealer
Thanks to a gift from Mal and Barbara Mixon, the contest's first prize now entails an award of $75,000, up from the previous $50,000. This makes Cleveland's top prize one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Florida Town Turns From Crime Capital To Cultural Haven
The Art Newspaper
Opa-locka, which in 2004 had the highest rate of violent crime in the United States, has received more than $20m in federal funding to promote affordable housing and cultural development. Two recent grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are supporting more than ten public art projects there.

San Francisco Musicians Create 'New' Classical Music
Voice of America
Young classical musicians are developing their own projects as they embark on their careers. Here’s a story about San Francisco Conservatory students, working with alumni in an entrepreneurial and innovative way. "They’ve said that where opportunities don’t exist, they’ve decided to create them.


Much-Needed Good News From The Motor City: Detroit Symphony Turns A Financial Corner
The New York Times
The city of Detroit may be in bankruptcy, but the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is back in the black. The newly released figures suggested that the orchestra is recovering from a corrosive six-month strike that ended in 2011.

Indianapolis Symphony (Finally!) Posts Surplus
Indianapolis Business Journal
A big boost in donations and hefty cutbacks pushed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's annual budget into the black for the first time since 2007.

Despite Labor Disputes, Minnesota Orchestra Gets Grammy Nomination
Pioneer Press (St. Paul)
The nomination, in the Best Orchestral Performance category, is its second in two years.


The Problem With The "Great Man" Approach To Great Music
New Music Box – Frank Oteri
The biggest part of the problem is the Great Man myth that still permeates classical music and which has also found its way into the new music claiming its lineage from that tradition. Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.

Music Mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs: Why I Care About the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was born in Harlem, N.Y., worked a couple of newspaper routes as a kid, and climbed the corporate ladder rung by rung in the music business. Now, the Grammy Award-winning music mogul is giving back to ambitious and innovative inner city youth.

An interview Robert Crumb on the Death of Authentic Rural Music
Redbull Music Academy
How we really lost how we make and listen to music with the onslaught of mass media. It's changed so much - in 1933 there were 20,000 jukeboxes in America. By 1939 there were 400,000 jukeboxes! That immediately eliminates so many live musicians.


A Stream of Music, Not Revenue
The New York Times
With download sales cooling after a decade of growth, streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple's new iTunes Radio have become the latest hope for the troubled music business.

Beyoncé Skips Streaming Entirely and Releases an iTunes-Only 'Visual Album'
Digital Music News
Sorry to anyone else who was looking to get iTunes Store visibility… Some opt for multi-million dollar promo campaigns, but Beyoncé is letting hype...


Music and Memory: 5 Awesome New Psychology Studies
Music aids language learning, helps injured brains remember, causes widespread brain activation and more...

'Mozart Effect’ Dispelled: Music Study Does Not Make Children Smarter
Medical Daily
Bad news for parents of America: Those music lessons don't come with a boost in general intelligence.


Giving to the Arts, Culture And Humanities
In 2012, giving to organizations geared towards supporting the arts, culture and humanities jumped 7 percent, totaling over $14 billion. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s most recent list of the "Most Generous" people in America, two of the country's top donors gave more than $7 billion to arts, culture and humanities-related efforts.


Facebook Ads Offer Great ROI For The Arts
Capacity Interactive
An analysis of over 80 campaigns that were managed across ten organizations in the United States and Canada including theaters, music, ballet and dance companies, and performing arts presenters.

Eight Random But Useful Social Media Tips For Nonprofits
Nonprofit Tech for Good
For nonprofit admins that do not have the time to regularly research social media trends, it can be a battle to stay ahead of the learning curve. Here are eight timely and easy tips to help all nonprofits better utilize social media no matter their capacity.


Vienna Vegetable Orchestra Have Cornered Vegetable Instrument Market
Noisey (Blog) 
Who else would make a carrot organ?


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