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A Blueprint for Professional Development in the Arts
Barry’s Blog: Barry Hessenius
A thoughtful approach to the challenge of adequate, meaningful, professional development in the arts. The private sector has long recognized that skills-training isn’t a luxury, it is a necessity. The arts are doing better than a decade ago, but too few in the field have access to the training they need.


Jazz At Lincoln Center, Success Story
The Economist
Today, ten years after moving into its new home (and against considerable odds), JALC has created a template for building a thriving cultural institution for jazz.

Asking How Much Opera Singers’ Work Is Worth
New York Times: Rachel L. Swarns
Grappling with declining box office income, high labor costs and a shrinking endowment, the Met has proposed that the chorus singers accept pay cuts of roughly 16 percent, fourfold increases to their health care deductibles and reduced contributions to their pensions.

San Diego Opera Puts Director Ian Campbell On Leave
LA Times: David Ng
Choreographer San Diego Opera has placed its longtime general and artistic director Ian Campbell on paid leave after a three-decade tenure that has been rocked in recent weeks by public and internal criticism over his role in the decision to close the company.

The Dallas Opera Announces Exit of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell. Sort Of.
Dallas Observer: Katie Womack
Jonathan Pell, The Dallas Opera's artistic director for the past 30 years, will be leaving the company at the end of this year. Well, sort of leaving. He has agreed to stay on as "artistic adviser" through the 2016/17 season to help with "artistic continuity."

Opera Companies Drop Dead, Just Like in Opera, Only Faster
Bloomberg: Manuela Hoelterhoff
A little extreme... but worth a read! These last few weeks, it’s hard to ignore evidence that not being nuts (or clueless or greedy) is no longer a requirement for top jobs in many aspects of the classical entertainment business.

Osmo Vänskä Hires on to Rebuild Minnesota Orchestra
Star-Tribune: Graydon Royce
The Minnesota Orchestra on Thursday took a giant step away from the turmoil of the past two years and opened a new window on its future. The orchestra’s board brought back celebrated music director Osmo Vänskä on a two-year contract to rebuild an arts organization that has weathered the greatest crisis of its 110-year history.

Jeffrey Kahane to step down at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Times: David Ng
Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday.

Houston Symphony Musicians Get a Raise Mark Yost
The symphony's musicians will get a 2.85 percent annual raise under terms of the four-year deal, which will take their annual salary from $86,840 today to $97,240 during the 2017-18 season, the symphony said. 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Offers 'Embedded Reporter’ Fellowship
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Cassie Moore
In an unusual move for an arts organization, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has created a yearlong “embedded reporter” fellowship to help tell patrons and potential supporters about its work.


Berlin Philharmonic Starts Its Own Record Label
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The Berlin Philharmonic has long been associated with some of the most prestigious labels in what was once called the record industry. But now they’ve decided to go it alone, joining the growing ranks of orchestras with their own labels.

Culture or Religion?  Understanding the Huge Popularity of The Passion
The Religion Factor: Erin K. Wilson
The Passion has become a wildly successful pop culture phenomenon in the Netherlands. Last year, over 20,000 people were out in near freezing temperatures in The Hague to take part in the spectacle, with a further 2.3 million people watching on TV. And yet, The Netherlands has a reputation for being one of the most secularized countries in Europe.

A New Generation of Russian Artists Under Political Pressure
DC Theatre Scene: Robert Duffley
The huge impact of government funding on Russian theaters constitute a crucial public resource. But how is this used by the state to control the arts?

An Artists' Boycott of Russia Would Simply Play Into Putin's Hands
The Guar DanceBlog: Judith Mackrell
Choreographer Matthew Bourne stated he wouldn't consider going to Russia with his celebrated Swan Lake. Bourne says he would be afraid for his dancers, several of whom are openly gay.

Music in the Heart of the Congo (video)
CBS Sixty Minutes
In case you didn’t catch this on CBS “Sixty Minutes”, here is a thriving orchestra and chorus in Kinshasa, Congo.

Islam the Opera: Curtain up on Clusters of Light about Life of Prophet Muhammad
The Guardian: Peter Walker and Susan Schulman
It was quite a challenge, even for the crack team of theatrical experts summoned from around the world: less than six months to produce a hi-tech musical extravaganza about one of the most renowned figures in human history: the life and teachings of Muhammad, premiered at a specially built £20 million mock-Roman amphitheatre in Sharjah, the small emirate adjoining Dubai.


The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Music
Fast Company: Skylar Bergl
A must-read, if you’re interested in trends in the music world. The most exciting acts in the music industry are embracing the best of what technology has to offer and some fresh new takes on traditional marketing. Set to Shake up the Crowdfunding World with Donation-based Payments Travis Lupick
A new Vancouver-based crowdfunding platform that charges entirely by donation is preparing to challenge industry giants like Kickstarter and Indigogo. Born from the inspiration by perfect strangers offering food, lodging, and medicines.

How We Made Performr, The Art Cruising App
The Guardian: David Sheppeard
Could an app that allows artists and audiences to hook up change the way we interact with art?

Messing With The (Orchestral) Model
Symphony: Chester Lane
When it comes to presenting repertoire in new and unusual ways, there’s a lot happening at orchestras these days, both onstage and off. How orchestras are finding new ways to provoke, surprise, and stimulate audiences.

The New Lifelong Learners
future tense: Jeffrey J. Selingo
Technology is making “just-in-time” education possible—and the economy is making it necessary.


Flying Robot Rockstars
Lockheed Martin and Intel Corporation support KMel Robotics in an amazing display of the convergence between technology and music.


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