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The Bare Essentials of Opera
The Guardian, UK
Read an opinion piece by Lynn Binstock, director of Unexpected Opera, a project that challenges expectations of what opera is and brings the art form to new audiences.
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Trending Issues

Entrepreneurship Can be Taught - It's a Question of How
Inside Higher Ed
How will what I have learned today change what I will, or am able to, do tomorrow? 

The Opera World Is Reinventing Opera Commissions
Washington Post
As the demand for new opera seems to be growing, and the workshopping process is becoming more accepted, it's notable that many commissioning programs seem to be reinventing the wheel.

The Met (Live: In HD, That Is) Gets Some British Competition
The New York Times
The Royal Opera House in London has announced that part of its lineup from the 2013-14 season will be simulcast for the first time in more than 500 movie theaters in the United States.

Timeline of The Crisis (1)
Timeline of The Crisis (2)

Timeline of The Crisis (3)
Greg Sandow (blog)
Sandow continues his discussion of classical music with detailed timelines chronicling various levels of public engagement of the arts over the last half decade.

Are We Losing The Ability To Listen To Music?
The Telegraph (UK)
To honor music as it deserves, must we listen closely?  

Innovation & Experimentation

5 Music Start-Ups To Watch
The future of music goes far beyond streaming. These start-ups are upending traditional business models and putting the artists in charge.

Is This The Cello Of The Future? (Or Is It A Stratocaster With A Bow And Some Lights?) 
The 150-year-old German polymer giant Bayer MaterialScience has fashioned the 'futuristic cello' from utterly transparent, lightweight cast resin.

This Startup Allows Brands To Build Their Own Streaming Radio  Channels That Play Inside Ads
Business Insider
Advertising tech company F# is introducing a branded radio player that can be deployed on websites and social media to reach users who might not be on Spotify.

Expanding An Awareness Of Music and Ballet

Bridging The Gap Between Classical Music And Latinos
Huffington Post
Santa Cecilia Orchestra (SCO) founder-conductor Sonia Marie De León de Vega has dedicated her life to exposing the Hispanic community to the musical genre she first came to love as a child growing up in San Antonio, Texas.

Is Spotify Killing Music? Not At All 
"It is not hyperbole to suggest that this generation's music fans want to rent their music, not own it. Spotify may not have created that shift but they certainly provided a solution to easy access, mobile music streaming.

Out Of The Concert Hall: Chamber Music Series Heads For A Hipster Cafe
Ottawa Citizen
An interview with Canada’s Bow & Arrow director Curtis Perry on  a new series of contemporary chamber music at Pressed Café, an informal, hipster venue near Ottawa’s Chinatown.

A Surge In Senior Citizens Doing Ballet
More and more pensioners are taking up ballet, according to the Royal Academy of Dance. It is putting the phenomenon down to the popularity of TV programmes like Strictly Come Dancing.

Marketing & Funding

Donor Of The Day: Rocking Public Schools With Music Education Grants
Wall Street Journal
To Andrew Davis, music education is one of the great under-promoted, underestimated areas of education. His Music Empowers Foundation has granted some $500,000 to various organizations since 2010.

Marketing: Annoying, But Necessary
Eshac News
Having a brand and integrating it into every aspect of your presence, online and offline, is crucial. Perhaps the hardest part of marketing is simply accepting that it needs to be done.

What Online Marketers Can Learn from the Arts Sector (And Vice Versa)
SEO Chicks (blog)
The Let's Get Real 2 report brought together 22 cultural organizations to learn about the practical use of technologies as they support the cultural sector in reaching online audiences.

Grab Bag

Why We Need Sleep: "It's Like A Dishwasher"
During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a study of mice found.

Why Music Lovers Are Rediscovering Vinyl Records
The Guardian
The resurgence of vinyl is the closest music consumption has come to the slow food movement.

Music Helps You Work Out (But There's More To It Than That)
Pacific Standard
Newly published research suggests it can play a much bigger role than mere distraction.


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