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The future of regional arts orgs will be determined by the answers to these questions
Huffington Post
Michael Kaiser, President of The Kennedy Center, asks "Are we witnessing a major transition in the arts from regional organizations to fewer mega-organizations with the sophistication to mount large scale productions?”


How Jazz Can Transform Business
Digital disruptions of the 21st century have radically changed how we need to approach business problems. Strategic planning world-wide is trending to a more adaptive approach. Jazz holds important answers.

4 Innovators, 4 Ways to Get Inspired
These scientists, artists and athletes share their tried and tested routes to finding a creative spark. 

Google Glass And Classical Music: A Melodious Combination?
International Business Times
A Cornell University music professor thinks audiences will get a kick out of a ‘conductor's-eye-view’ of concerts.

Agility is Key Ingredient for New Wave of Ballet Start-ups
The Wall Street Journal
Two years ago, Michele Wiles raised eyebrows when she left a principal position with American Ballet Theatre to help launch the much smaller Ballet Next. To fund it, she looked beyond “the usual balletomanes,” she said, instead tapping into her husband’s contacts in the biotech sector.

Opera’s Future: More Agile, More Project-Based, More Flexible, More Pop-Up
The Los Angeles Times
Opera company The Industry presents the world premiere of Invisible Cities, Christopher Cerrone's "headphone opera". Roughly 200 audience members wearing wireless headphones can hear everything and to choose which performers to follow in and out of rooms, creating a customized experience.  


Chicago Symphony Breaks Its Fundraising And Box Office Records
Chicago Tribune
The orchestra's parent body, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, reported record-breaking fundraising for a third consecutive year, along with record ticket sales. The organization did post a deficit for the year, though it was down 87% from the previous year.

Brooklyn Philharmonic May Be Near Collapse 
WQXR (Radio)
Since August, visitors to the Philharmonic's website have been greeted with a 'closed for maintenance' message. Music director Alan Pierson's contract expired in June and hasn't been renewed. The administrative staff has left. An orchestra source, who declined to speak on record, says the group is experiencing severe financial difficulties due to a drop in fundraising.

Vegas Steps Up Its Performing Arts Quotient
Los Angeles Times
With the U.S. premiere of Glass' Sixth Quartet, Las Vegas' new performing arts center has begun making history.

Music Center Launches New Online Arts Curriculum For Free
KPCC (Radio)
L.A.'s Music Center has been a leader in not just productions  - but also arts education. It's now making its Artsource lesson plans available online for free.

Girls allowed? The Women On Top In The Music industry
The Guardian & Observer (UK)
After Sinead O'Connor's letter to Miley Cyrus, sexism in the music business is on the agenda again. But what do the women behind the scenes think? Jude Rogers meets six of them.

Are Streaming Services Destroying The Music Industry? 
The New York Times
After enjoying double-digit growth in the years after Apple opened its iTunes store in 2003, song downloads began to cool several years ago. Many cite streaming music services like Pandora, Spotify and YouTube as one possible cause.

'Blockbusters': Go Big Or Go Home, Says Harvard Professor
The New York Times
Harvard professor Anita Elberse has just published a book, “Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment and says “What you get when you put all your resources behind a product, is you get everyone to join in.”


Theatre-goers In The UK Are Fewer -- But More Active -- Than Previously Thought
Arts Professional (UK)
In a groundbreaking study covering over 70% of ticket sales in the UK, organizations are dismissing millions of customers as being ‘inactive’, when in fact they have switched their allegiance to other arts providers.

Dance Appears To Help Parkinson’s Patients – Now Scientists Aim To Find Uut Why
The Globe & Mail
Researchers are looking at why movement seems to bypass neurodegeneration that occurs in the brains of patients

Study: 30% Of Americans Get Their News On Facebook
A new study reveals that 30% of Americans get their news on Facebook and suggests that the social network drives people to media sites when may not have otherwise done so.


How Not to Discount Ticket Prices, Part I
Selling Out (Blog)
When you make your full-price buyers the primary target of your discount promotions, you’re making a big mistake, says Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar.

7 Email Marketing Myths That May Surprise You
Smart Insights (blog)
If you’re communicating to audiences on a regular basis, these fun infographics will give you lots to think about.

Do's And Don'ts For Arts Websites
Iron Tongue of Midnight (Blog)
A great overview of the dos and don’ts for arts websites.


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