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Bach to the Future: Orchestra Iowa Composes Innovative, Successful Business Model
The Gazette: Diana Nollen
Orchestra Iowa is succeeding, thanks to a business model unlike any other.

New Music Box: 15 Years Old and Going Strong
New Music Box: Frank Oteri
At the time of NewMusicBox’s launch on May 1, 1999, they were the only national publication focused specifically on new music created by Americans. Now, they’re one of the strongest publications in the field.

Tired of playing Solo? There's an App for That
Discover Magazine: Bill Andrews
IU computer scientist – and former professional oboist – Christopher Raphael is getting major press in Discover Magazine with his Informatics Philharmonic.

Contrary Opinion: No Seriously, There’s No Such Thing As Arts Entrepreneurship
Aaron Gervais (Blog)
Composer Aaron Gervais offers a second thought-provoking blog post on his belief that ‘art’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ are essentially two creative activities of opposite types. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Click here to let us know what you think.


Opera Can Make us See, Feel and Hear the World Differently
The Guardian: Richard Mantle
The UK’s Guardian asked the artistic directors of each of the country’s seven main opera houses to tell them why opera is important today, to choose their favorite opera and suggest the best for beginners to see.

Making Opera Relevant in the Current Economy
Opera Pulse: Evan McCormack
Opera companies must consider a change or a sober look at the way they do business. In this era of open source support for the growth of business, we’re witnessing an unprecedented degree of transparency and collaboration.

An Artist Asks Facebook: “Why Do I Have to Pay to Reach My Fans?”
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Bands, artists, and labels spend tons of money, countless hours… years building their Facebook fan bases. Kevin Carr asks why Facebook then charges them to reach the audience that they paid and spent hours and hours and countless resources to build.


Nation's First Gay Jazz Festival, OutBeat, will debut in Philadelphia
NewsWorks: Peter Crimmins
Is there such a thing as gay jazz? The short answer is no. But there has always been a gay presence in the jazz world, whether acknowledged or not. Dozens of musicians from around the country will take part in OutBeat, America's first gay jazz festival.

Queens: NYC's New Arts Nexus
Crain’s-New York Business: Theresa Agovino
Move over Brooklyn. Queens is rising fast on New York City's cultural scene.

The Concert Industry's Big Hot Summer
Wall Street Journal: John Jurgensen and Hannah Karp
The live-music business is predicting a record-breaking summer with big tours by Beyoncé and Jay Z, Eminem and Rihanna, George Strait and Outkast.

Met Opera Contract Talks Stumble to a Start
New York Times: Michael Cooper
After an unusually stormy overture, the curtain went up Monday on the first round of contract talks between the Metropolitan Opera and the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union representing its chorus, dancers, singers and stage managers.

Met, Singers at Odds Over Public Talks
Wall Street Journal: Jennifer Maloney
The Met’s three largest unions are seeking an oversight role to rein in what they see as wasteful spending – not on labor, but on the scale and number of new productions.

Symphony Appreciates Support but Holds Strong to Closing Plan Paul Srubas
A grassroots effort to save the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra has more than 1,800 “likes” on Facebook but is unlikely to change anything. What the average person doesn’t see is there were two years of research and discussion that led up to this decision,” said Dan Linssen, who will lose his job at the end of next season when the symphony orchestra closes its doors.


Opera Australia in Red Despite Critical Success
The Australian: Matthew Westwood
The most ambitious season in Opera Australia’s history — including harbourside opera, a Broadway musical and a Ring cycle — has landed the company with a $2.4 million operating loss.

Inside Opera: Live Stream Hopes to Widen Access to UK's Opera Houses
The Guardian: Imogen Tilden
Online linkup between all seven public-funded companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audience.

English National Opera to Branch Out into Musical Theatre Rebecca Franks
Company plans to create a 'sustainable future' and an opportunity to embrace the new climate where audiences seem to enjoy the blurring of boundaries between opera, theatre and musicals. They hope to offer ‘a new look at some of the greatest pieces of musical theatre ever written’.


'Lost' Mendelssohn Song Re-Discovered
BBC News
A song written by Mendelssohn has had its first public hearing since it went missing 140 years ago.

Yes, Those Are Tibetan Monks Breakdancing to the Beastie Boys (VIDEO)
Saturday was the third annual MCA Day, a Brooklyn-based event to honor Adam “MCA” Yauch. The legendary Beastie Boys rapper passed away on May 4, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. The four monks converged on Union Square in Manhattan, the site of the first MCA Day, to celebrate Yauch's life and music the best way possible: breakdancing to his songs.


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