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The Problem With Reinventing Arts Journalism
Chicago Tribune - Chris Jones
The CSO recently took journalism into its own hands with Sounds & Stories. Chris Jones writes “... what the CSO is doing is not music journalism.”

A Vote for Reinventing Arts Journalism
Oregon ArtsWatch- Barry Johnson
Barry Johnson likes what he sees!


Curtain Going Up - Earlier Than Ever
In the 21st century, if you don't check daily listings, you may be late for Act One.

For New York City's Cultural Institutions, 'The Worst is Over'
Crain’s – New York Business
NY cultural institutions are looking forward to a year when meeting budgets and raising money becomes less difficult as the economy improves, the stock market soars and tourists flood New York City. Late last year, NYC & Company announced that the city was on track to draw a record 54.3 million visitors in 2013, 1.6 million more than in 2012.

Four Fearless Predictions For The (popular) Music Industry In 2014
Forbes: Zack O’Malley Greenburg
Yesterday I reeled off a few winners and losers in the music business. But 2014 represents a fresh start. In my recent reporting, I've been talking with operatives...

The Problem With TED
The Guardian
Have you ever wondered why so little of the future promised in TED talks actually happens? So much potential and enthusiasm and so little actual change. Are the ideas wrong? Or is the idea about what ideas can do all by themselves wrong?


If Ballet and Modern Dance Really Want to Change, Here’s How
Dance/USA’s From The Green Room blog - Ellen Chenoweth
My hope for us in 2014 is that we can leap outside of the box, creating new opportunities for ourselves and others. I hope that all of us can use our voices in effective and powerful ways in all kinds of settings, growing the strength of our incredible field.


The Audience is the Most Important Instrument 
New Music Box – Dan Visconti
Somewhere along the way much of the contemporary music community considers an urge to connect with audiences as a sign of weakness, commercialization, and “softness”—as if softness was always a bad thing, and inflexibility and lack of willingness to compromise always surefire signs of nobility.


5 Things Jazz Can Teach Us About Job Success
Forbes – Donna Sapolin
Back then, I mostly listened to rock and folk music, with some classical thrown in for good measure. But John's enthusiasm for a musical genre that felt entirely.

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia's All-Star debut
Huffington Post
Kicking off the new year with a jazz bang, the multi-generational Philly veterans and vanguards will be onstage to launch Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.


Phoenix Symphony: Mind Over Music Program
Arizona Republic
Mind Over Music, a pilot program by the Phoenix Symphony, is now entering its second year at ASU Prep, a charter school in downtown Phoenix that serves a high percentage of low-income students. The purpose of the initiative is to study how integrating music education into the curriculum can enhance academic performance, particularly in STEM topics: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Peter Gelb On The Met's HD Cinemacasts
Reuters – Michael Roddy
“The business plan I had for it is that it would make a modest profit so from a financial point of view it has exceeded those expectations significantly. But, at the same time, we were very fortunate that it did because if it hadn't we would be in trouble right now.”

The End of Italian Opera: Will They Wait for the Fat Lady to Sing?
Newsweek - Elisabeth Braw
There’s a simple reason behind the desperate financial plight of Italy’s opera houses: Italy’s economic crisis has forced the government to slash arts funding. It used to be said that the opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings. But will Italy’s government wait that long?


Symphony Space Artistic Director Resigns
New York Times – Allan Kozinn
Laura Kaminsky, the artistic director of Symphony Space since 2010, and the overseer of its music programming since 2006, said on Friday that she had resigned her position. Both she and a spokesman for the hall also said that they were parting ways because of “differences in artistic vision for the future” of the space.


The Hidden Workshop of Expert Piano Craftswomen
The Wall Street Journal (Blog)
A visit to an out-of-the-way atelier in Florence where an all-female team restores historic fortepianos.


Predictions About Podcasting For 2014
An explosion in creative use of the format? Podcast network consolidation? Growth in women listeners? The word ‘podcast’ slowly gives way to plain old ‘talk’?


Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That
Researchers are studying a drug which might allow adults to learn perfect pitch by re-creating this critical period in brain development. Hensch says the drug, valprioc acid, allows the brain to absorb new information as easily as it did before age 7.


Digital Music Sales Went Down for the First Time Ever
Digital Music News
Digital music sales are down. Streaming numbers and vinyl sales have increased.

Dollar-and-Cents Secrets of Music Streaming
The Wall Street Journal
The distribution model has changed dramatically since CDs gave way to streaming.  As the industry starts to embrace digital services that let fans rent access to vast libraries of songs for a flat monthly fee, major labels may need to adjust their approach to marketing music, and perhaps to which artists they sign.

6 Key Digital Marketing and Music Industry Trends For 2014
Content marketing: less is more, and relationships are everything. A serious adoption of mobile and user experience… and more.

iTunes Is Dead: The Record Industry's Next Steps - Rocco Pendola
As reported by Billboard, digital music sales decreased -- for the first time ever -- by 5.7% in ... acceptance of a new paradigm for making and marketing music.


Making Sure Young Brains Get The Benefits of Music Training
The percentage of students receiving music education has been in decline for decades. The Harmony Project, a music program for inner-city kids in Los Angeles partners with a neurobiologist to study the impact of music training on the learning skills of poor children.


What Nonprofit Fundraisers Should START Doing in 2014
The Chronicle of Philanthropy – Nicole Wallace

What Nonprofit Fundraisers Should STOP Doing in 2014
AdLibbing – Nicole Wallace


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