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Featured Article
No, Classical Music Isn't In Crisis.
Coming off of classical music’s “Hell Week,” one music critic explains what makes a thriving music scene. (LA Times)

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Trending Issues

Music Tourism Has Become Very Big Business
You’ve heard of ecotourism. Last year 6.5 million music fans traveled to festivals and gigs around the UK. Music tourism is billion-dollar, job-generating industry."

Berlin Is A New Hotbed For Classical Musicians
New York Times
What is drawing ambitious agenda-setters from all corners of the world to Berlin?

How Arts Journalism Is Failing The Orchestra World
Bruce Ridge, Chairman (ICSOM)
ICSOM (International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians) Is it all bad news for the world of arts? Or are we viewing the world through the lens of doom-and-gloom journalism?

Women, Gays, and Classical Music
New Yorker (blog by Alex Ross)
In light of Yuri Temirkanov's comments about women being unfit to conduct, Alex Ross takes up a few hot-button issues that confront the classical music world.

Met's Opera Commissioning Program Provokes Questions About What Opera Is
New York Times
The Met’s commissioning program raises interesting questions about what 21st-century opera should sound like, how and where it should be presented, and just where musical theater ends and opera begins.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

New Hope for Classical Music: New World Symphony's Success with Innovative Concert Formats
For those who are concerned about the future of classical music in the world's concert halls, the New World Symphony has some inspiring ...

Sennheiser Powers World's First Large Scale Opera for Wireless Headphones
Live Design
The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser Push the Boundaries of Art, Imagination and Wireless Technology for an Unprecedented, Interactive Dramatic Experience

Concert Pianist (and JSoM alumna) Reboots Her Career Via YouTube
New York Times
Since posting her first video in 2007, she has attracted more than 62 million views and some 105,000 subscribers to her channel. This Ukrainian-born pianist now has a busy calendar and a contract with Decca.

Social Media Bring New Fans To The Opera And Symphony
Philadelphia Inquirer
On Oct. 2, the Philadelphia Orchestra played to a full Verizon Hall after a prestigious visiting engagement at Carnegie Hall was abruptly canceled. What made this concert unique? They filled the hall on six hours' notice…

'Portals' into music performance in the digital age
Boston Globe
Electroacoustic works have been a staple of avant-garde concerts for decades. But what about a performance where everything except one person’s playing was set two years ago, when the piece premiered, and now lives in a Dropbox folder in the Cloud? Is this still a concert?

Marketing & Funding

Concert Formats & Audience Engagement
New World Symphony
New research highlights the relationship between concert format and audience engagement.

Marketing Music On Instagram?
Hypebot (Blog)
A few tips for artists looking to leveraging Instagram.

Top 10 Crowdfunding Websites
Take a look at these ten avenues for generating capital from colleagues, peers, friends, and even perfect strangers.

Three Ways Crowdfunding Can Support Traditional Fundraising Campaigns
Crowdfunding is getting more transparent, professional, and integrated as a means of fundraising.

Detroit Symphony Rebounds With Record Fundraising
Detroit Free Press
See what the Detroit Symphony has done this last year. The metrics may surprise you.

Opera Colorado Fundraiser A Success
Denver Business Journal
Opera Colorado exceeded its fundraising goal of bringing in $1.2 million by the end of June, the nonprofit arts organization has announced. Denver Business Journal

BENEFITS OF MUSIC: Music News From A Scientific Point Of View

Is Studying Music The Key To Success? 
New York Times
Is music the eighth Habit of Highly Effective People?

10 “Magical” Effects of Music on the Mind
Ten interesting things music does for the brain

Nobel Laureate Gives Due Credit
Slipped Disc (Blog)
Who Is This Nobel Laureate Thomas Sudhof's Greatest Teacher?


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