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Charles Ives


NEA Captures Data on Artists with Day Jobs
Hyperallergic: Jillian Steinhauer
A recent NEA study reveals that, in 2013, 2.1 million workers were employed as artists as their primary occupation. In addition, 271,000 workers held second jobs in artist occupations (around 12% of US artists) – and musicians make up the largest set within this group.

DIY Residencies: A Career In The Arts On Your Own Terms
The Guardian: Lisa Niedermeyer
As many artists rely on day jobs to make ends meet, it is not surprising then that more and more are taking matters into their own hands by organizing do-it-yourself residencies.


Jacobs School Alumna Among Winners Named in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Arts Beat: Anthony Tommasini
Soprano Amanda Woodbury completed her undergraduate degree at the Jacobs School in 2010 and performed as First Lady in IU Opera Theater’s 2009 production of Die Zauberflöte.

Board Ponders Future of Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Janelle Gelfand
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, celebrating its 40th anniversary season this year, is taking a hard look at its operations, with the goal of making changes that will help it survive another 40.

San Diego Opera Votes to Postpone Closure
UT San James Chute
The San Diego Opera board gives itself time to further examine finances and consider options.

Political Cacophony Challenges Musicians
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
Do artists have a special responsibility to speak out about injustice? Or do artists contribute best to social welfare by the practice of their art, and that alone? This issue is pertinent in classical music, because the field is considered, for better or worse, a high art with a mystique of gravitas and enlightenment.

Culture Cannot Replace Foreign Policy
The Scotsman: Tiffany Jenkins
Since the announcement that 2014 is the UK-Russia “Year of Culture”, relations have broken down between Russia, the US and Europe, over the crisis in Ukraine. Jenkins writes that the justification for these artistic events is that they can bring us closer together and mend bridges. But it’s difficult to be confident about the role of the arts in improving international relations when they have deteriorated so dramatically.

The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement
Chorus America: Eric Booth
If arts organizations want to stay relevant, the time has come to get serious about building connections with the wealth of creative activity in our communities.

A Resurgence of Ballet in Opera
New Yorker: Joan Acocella
Dance is being given a place in opera, not so much in the form of the big, happy intermezzi of yesteryear but as the thing that everyone said it couldn’t be: a plot advancement.

Awaiting the Welcome Return of Performance to Art Museums' Mission
Los Angeles Times: Mark Swed
Big spaces meant for displaying objects are also, in the modern world, places for making things happen. Let their available light shine in more ways than one.

Nothing Conservative About the S.F. Conservatory's Big Plans
San Francisco Classical Voice: Janos Gereben
There is important news from the San Francisco Conservatory and the promise of more to come. At a gala event Thursday evening, the "Presidential Evening Celebration," Conservatory President David H. Stull spoke both of impressive specifics and big ambitions.

N.Y. Philharmonic Makes Summer Plans in California as It Shifts Touring Strategy
Wall Street Journal Online: Jennifer Maloney
The New York Philharmonic has announced a new summer partnership in Santa Barbara, Calif., a move that is part of its shift away from costly "whistle-stop tours" in favor of a smaller number of multiyear residencies in cities where it can cultivate audiences and donors.


Holograms Are The Inevitable Future of Concerts
The CreatorsProject: Abdullah Saeed
Live shows might be the last vestiges of a music industry in the throes of a technological revolution: in the span of a single century, the advancements that brought us recorded music, captured it on evolving multitudes of physical formats. A recent bicoastal duet between MIA and Janelle Monae breathed new life into a latent paradigm shift that could forever change what we, today, define as "concerts."

This Amazing Interactive Site Lets You Create Symphonies With Your Keyboard Kyle Vanhemert
The “portable animation and sound kit,” as creator Jono Brandel describes it, lets you conduct audiovisual symphonies simply by tapping your computer keyboard (or, if you’re on a phone or tablet, by tapping your touchscreen). Each letter of the alphabet gets mapped to a unique sound and a playful animation.


Neil Young’s Pono Kickstarter Approaching $5.5 Million
Digital Music News: Nina Ulloa
The huge amount indicates that high-quality audio on-the-go isn’t just for a niche audience.

Amanda Palmer Confronts the 'Current Nightmare of the Modern Musician' (Q&A)
Musician Amanda Palmer talks about how musicians can thrive on the Internet using Kickstarter and other crowdfunding strategies.


Neville Mariner’s 90th Concert With Joshua Bell
Classic FM
With Joshua Bell’s performance in Bloomington just a few days away, here’s a sampler of how amazing he is – At Neville Mariner’s 90th at the Royal Festival Hall, Joshua Bell kicks things off with his sparkling rendition of Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, directing the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the front of the orchestra.


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