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In Time For The World Cup, Explorative New Music From Brazil
NPR: Tim Wilkins
Brazilian song has a way of capturing the imagination and Rio de Janeiro is its crucible. 

World Cup Advertisers Use Music to Unite Soccer Fans
The Hollywood Reporter: (AP)
Because the FIFA World Cup is the most popular sports event on the planet, advertisers want to take advantage of the large viewing audience.

World Cup 2014: A Guide to the Music of Brazil
Reverb: Matt Miller
One of the roles of music in Brazil is identity. Brazilian people have a lot of pride and a lot of that comes from the music. It creates a sense of identity. To be Brazilian is to know Brazilian music.


IU Alumna Jane Chu Confirmed by US Senate as NEA Chair (She’s also a pianist!)
InsideIU: Bethany Nolan
President Barack Obama has nominated IU alumna Jane Chu to head the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu has been president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., since 2006. While Chu holds multiple degrees, her doctorate in philanthropic studies is from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, housed at IUPUI.

The NY Philharmonic Cements its Move into New-Music Territory
New York Magazine: Justin Davidson
With this first 11-day immersion in new and newish music, the orchestra has done what all orchestras should do, step outside its safe hall and start fomenting some change. By promising to repeat the experiment in 2016, the Philharmonic and its music director Alan Gilbert have turned themselves into a force of permanent revolution.

N.Y. Philharmonic Names New-Music Prizewinner
Speakeasy: Jennifer Maloney
The Danish composer Per Nørgård on Wednesday became the second recipient of the New York Philharmonic‘s Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, an award that consists of a $200,000 cash prize and a commission to compose a work for the orchestra.

Kevin Puts Appointed Director of Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute
New Music Box: Staff
The Minnesota Orchestra announced today that Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts has been appointed director of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, a professional composer training program that the orchestra has offered annually in conjunction with the American Composers Forum.

What Can Other Cities Learn from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program?
Inside Philanthropy: Mike Scutari
The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments awarded over $320,000 in grants to twenty-two individual artists and organizations in the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program. A closer look at the program's mission suggests that it can serve as a useful template for other cities looking to bolster artistic development across traditionally underserved communities.

A Symphony’s Viral Video: Debating the Seattle Orchestra’s Foray With Sir Mix-A-Lot
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The Seattle Symphony commissioned the piece that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for music, “Become Ocean,” by John Luther Adams. But it is a late-20th-century work that is bringing the orchestra broader fame this week: its performance with Sir Mix-A-Lot of his bawdy song “Baby Got Back,” which by Tuesday had been seen more than 1.5 million times on YouTube.

Cincinnati Symphony Light Show Sells Out In 12 Minutes
Cincinnati Enquirer: Janelle Gelfand and Ally Marotti
Tickets to the laser light show set to symphony music, scheduled for Aug. 1-3 in Washington Park, became available online at 8 a.m. Monday via Ticketmaster. They were gone by 8:12 a.m., said Meghan Berneking, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra spokeswoman.

Free Music, While it Lasts
NY Times: David Carr
The implicit promise of radio has been that consumers will hear a song they love and buy it. But when we love something on Spotify, our response is to listen to it some more on Spotify.


Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, 80, Dies; Conductor Made the World a Podium
New York Times: Margalit Fox
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, a Spanish conductor known for his frequent guest appearances with the world’s foremost symphony orchestras, died on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain. He was 80.

Lorin Maazel to Slow Down, on Doctors’ Orders
New York Times: Allan Kozinn
Lorin Maazel, always a dynamo on the podium, has been told by his doctors that he needs to slow down and will give up his directorship of the Munich Philharmonic. He also said he would not take any professional engagements during the 2014-15 season.

Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting
Weekend Edition, NPR: Scott Simon, Host
Six more dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected during a performance abroad. Lester Tomé, a former Cuban dance critic, tells NPR's Scott Simon why Cuba can't hold on to its ballerinas.

Classical Music has a Serious Communication Problem
New Statesman: Andrew Mellor
Until state-funded arts organizations like the Royal Opera House can advertise their work to people who don’t already love their art form, they will never attract broader audiences.


‘Savvy Musician’ Author (and JSoM alumnus) David Cutler Urges Classical Musicians to Think Like Entrepreneurs at University of South Carolina Workshop
Classicalite: Louise Burton
Musicians, of course, are highly creative individuals. But until recently, many have not used their creativity to think entrepreneurially about their careers. Programs like USC's The Savvy Musician in ACTION deserve accolades for pushing musicians to be just as creative in dreaming up new ensembles, approaches, and audience development tactics as they are when interpreting Mozart and Beethoven.

The Beatles Teach Entrepreneurship Better Than Business School
Businessweek: Panos Panay
Conventional entrepreneurial education places a heavy emphasis on resource and capital accumulation before product launch, minimizing the importance of contact with customers. This creates a fear of failure that robs entrepreneurs-to-be of the single most important element for success: the habit of acting, experimenting, and iterating on the go.

Website Turns Music Royalties into Investments
USA Today: Laura Baverman
If you're a 3 Doors Down fan and an accredited investor, then you might be intrigued by a new investment vehicle that lets you own royalties from the band's popular songs. Just last week, the band's producer put up for auction his royalty rights to 11 tracks. Starting at $5,400 a share, you can own a portion of that portfolio and receive royalty revenue monthly for the next 35 years.


Music Lessons Combat Poverty’s Effect on the Brain
Salon: Simon Makin, Scientific American
Scientists have observed that reading ability scales with socioeconomic status. Yet music might help close the gap, according to Nina Kraus and her colleagues at Northwestern University.


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