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Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy
Chronicle of Higher Education: Sunil Iyengar
The National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released estimates from the nation’s first Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account study. The total economic output (gross revenue and expenses) for arts education in 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, was $104 billion.

These findings remind us of the 2008 Jacobs School’s Indiana Impact Study which estimated a total annual economic impact of $120 million. State and local taxes generated $4.7 million and the total employment impact was 900 jobs.


World Changer: Creative Economy Taking Hold In More Cities
HuffingtonPost: John M. Eger
Over the next decade, some $250 billion will be invested in the creation of new cultural districts around the globe. Success is not just getting an arts building or series of buildings out of the ground, it is about ensuring that they are viable and play a central role in their communities. Click here to visit Bloomington's own cultural district, BEAD!


Jeff Nelsen: Entrepreneur of the Month
Team Jumpstart
An acclaimed hornist, pedagogue, entrepreneur and professional advisor, world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Jeff Nelsen is Project Jumpstart’s Entrepreneur of the Month.

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After a Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' to The People Again
NPR: Rachel Martin
Performing in community theaters, nursing homes, hospitals, churches and synagogues, the DSO has lured back patrons who had stopped going into the city to hear the orchestra. Subscriptions went up, and now concerts at Orchestra Hall are selling out.

The Unsung Heroes of Jazz
New Music Box: Monika Herzig
In the second of four posts for New Music Box during Women’s Month, Monika Herzig traces some of the history of women in jazz. 

A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up the Bach Musical Dynasty
NPR: Tom Huizenga
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, C.P.E. for short, seemed to chafe against the old Baroque restraints by forging an innovative and dramatic new sound, especially in his keyboard music and symphonies.

Why Repetition is Fundamental to our Enjoyment of Music
Aeon Magazine: Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
During more than 90 per cent of the time spent listening to music, people are actually hearing passages that they’ve listened to before.

The Dynamic Duo That’s Supercharged the Canadian Opera Co.
Toronto Life
Alexander Neef and Johannes Debus have turned the Canadian Opera Company into a thriving organization by attracting international divas and staging grand new productions.

The Uphill Battle to Build a Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center
Wall Street Journal: Jennifer Maloney
The young nonprofit charged with building a performing-arts center at the World Trade Center faces an uphill battle. After a rocky financial start, it must compete with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for government funding and high-profile arts projects for private donations.

Life After Merce: What Happens After a Great Dance Company Disbands?
Dance Magazine: Siobhan Burke
What happens when one of America’s most iconic modern dance companies closes? Six former Cunningham dancers reflect on how the experience led them to where they are today.

Paul Taylor Dance Co. to Relaunch With Other Choreographers’ Works
Wall Street Journal: Jennifer Maloney
Paul Taylor has unveiled his plans to expand programming beyond his own work, commissioning new pieces by other contemporary choreographers and performing repertoire from the canon of modern dance. "I prefer to think I'm going to live forever," said Mr. Taylor, 83 years old. "At some point, they're going to not let me make dances anymore, so I have to think ahead."


Why We Can’t Stop Liking the Brands We Loved as Kids
The Atlantic: Derek Thompson
One paradox of advertising comes from a powerful inverse relationship between age and money. The people most likely to be swayed by most commercials are impressionable children (who have no money). Meanwhile, it's incredibly difficult to persuade adults (who have all the money) to break from habit and buy a new product.

Free Tickets? Radical Hospitality, or No-Cost Access to Theater
Aditi Kapil
Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis has practiced Radical Hospitality, providing no-cost access to all main stage productions for any audience member. Part two of this series examines the pragmatics of how Radical Hospitality works.


City Of Seattle Creates Musician Loading Zones
"Seattle’s music scene is a critical part of our city’s cultural draw and the quality of life in our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We want to better serve local music venues’ needs and the musicians that play there."

How 20,000 Lines Of Code Became One Of The World’s Most Recognized Sounds
Fast Company
The THX "Deep Note" is one of the world's most recognizable audio logos, signaling the highest quality audio standard in films. Yet despite its distinctive crescendo, the THX Deep Note wasn't actually composed so much as it was programmed, which makes it a fascinating success story of early computer audio design.


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