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A group of seven distinguished guest writers spent last week responding to questions from Barry Hessenius (of Barry's Blog) on the topic of Entrepreneurship and the Arts: an excellent discussion!


The Country’s Cultural Capital Has a Big Arts-Education Problem
The Atlantic: Jacoba Urist
With its art fairs, first-class museums, a multi-billion-dollar theater industry, and the world’s largest performing arts center, New York City’s commitment to the arts seems absolute. But when it comes to providing access to arts education in public schools, the city's comptroller has given New York a failing grade.

New York's Metropolitan Opera Opens Its Budget Curtain
The Wall Street Journal: Jennifer Maloney
As the Met seeks labor-cost savings in difficult contract talks, a broader discussion has emerged about how it spends its money. While Met officials argue that they must cut labor costs as revenue plateaus, union leaders say the opera company should rein in spending on costly new productions.

The New CEO Hire at the Oregon Symphony Might Keep the Cutters at Bay
Oregon Arts Watch: Barry Johnson
A better way to think of this hire, though, is in the context of the battle going on at nearly every symphony in the country, the battle between Cutters and Re-inventors. At the Oregon Symphony, Showalter represents a victory for the Re-inventors.

Offshoring Hollywood Musicians
CultureCrash: Scott Timberg
The unrest comes at a time of growing anxiety in the local music industry, where film and television work have been a key source of income for hundreds of local violinists, cellists, trombonists and other professional musicians. Many use the entertainment work to supplement what they earn from working in local symphonies, chamber groups and the L.A. Opera.

Musicians Question Green Bay Symphony's Decision to Shut Down Paul Srubas
Members of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will talk among themselves in coming weeks to determine whether there’s any way to keep the 100-year-old organization alive beyond next season.


Barbican to Open New Creative Center in East London
The Stage News: Georgia Snow
Joining forces with workspace innovators The Trampery, the Barbican is launching Fish Island Labs, a creative hub designed to kickstart careers across both technology and the arts.

Paris Opera and Ballet Productions Thrive in Movie Theaters
New York Times: Celestine Bohlenmay
Ticket sales for the Opéra de Paris performances were up 20 percent for the second season, which will end on June 17 with “La Traviata,” always a crowd-pleaser.

In UK: Opera Screenings Failing to Boost Interest in the Art Form
The Stage News: Nicola Merrifield
Around 85% of audiences that attend live screenings of opera do not feel more compelled to see the art form live afterwards, according to a new survey.

Mandela Bio-Opera Closes After Three Shows For Lack Of Funds
Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
The more than 2-million rand grant allocated by the National Lotteries Board of South Africa (NLB) is too little to cover the costs of a stage play about the life of former president Nelson Mandela, a producer said on Tuesday.


How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents
NPR: Mandalit del Barco

How Musicians Make Money and Do What They Love
New Music Box: Sugar Vendil
One of the toughest parts of being a musician in new music is finding the balance between making a living and performing the music and concerts you are passionate about.

The Benefits of Lifelong Singing
Chorus America: Kelsey Menehan
A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.


Want To Know Who The Best Digital Distribution Company Is?
Digital Music News: Ari Herstand
A thorough review of seven services, including CDBaby and Reverbnation

Soundcloud Is Adapting… Are You?
Digital Music News: Budi Voogt
Soundcloud is upping their game; shifting course from being originally intended as a means for  musicians to collaborate, to a mass-scale music platform.


Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Ad for Apple
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
A new ad for the Apple iPad featuring the conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen is a cool, elegant piece of work—not surprising, given Apple’s distinguished history of television propaganda.

Opera Glasses, Google Edition
New York Times: Allan Kozinn
Opera companies have been toying in recent years with immersive performances. On Site Opera, a feisty company that was founded in 2012 has a solution: Google Glass.


Violinists Forbidden to Board Flight with Instruments and Turn to Social Media
WUNC Chapel Hill: Carol Jackson
Two classical musicians tried to board a US Airways flight on Memorial Day. They were told that they were welcome, but their violins were not. See what happened next.


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