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78% Of Millennials Would Rather Spend Money On Experiences Than Things
DigitalMusicNews: Ari Herstand
Good news for the classical arts? According to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll, Millenials would rather spend money on experiences than things. Facebook and Twitter have brought a worldwide interconnectedness that was never truly felt or understood by generations past. 69% of respondents said they believe attending live experiences helps them connect better with their friends, their community and people around the world.


The Why We Love Repetition in Music
Open Culture
Composers, listen up! Research shows that repetition in music is more enjoyable, more interesting, and considered to be more likely to be composed by a human.

The Data is In: The Arts Boost Student Learning, Particularly for English Language Learners
ArtsBlog: Marna Stalcup
There are few studies that directly link arts integration with student test scores (particularly long-term, richly collaborative integration models). Here’s one that shows scores more than doubling in reading and math.

Why Fall in Love with Ballet?
CNN: Flora Zhang
What is the place of ballet in a rapidly changing and high-tech society where people like to watch three-minute YouTube videos or check text messages constantly?

Apple: U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Has Been Accessed 33 Million Times
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Billboard reported that U2’s album was struggling with a mere 200,000 downloads, while refusing to count the flop. Apple now says that’s totally and completely wrong.“Just six days after its release on iTunes, a record breaking 33 million people have already experienced the album.”

Net Neutrality Is Crucial for Artists and Arts Organizations
Hyperallergic: Ben Valentine
When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed its public comment period on the issue of net neutrality earlier this week, the agency counted more than 3 million comments, the greatest volume of such input in its history.

Streaming Services Have 99 Problems. And They Are…
DigitalMusicNews: Paul Resnikoff
Artists make little-to-nothing off of streaming services, so far. Distrust and anger among artists is growing and this article provides an excellent overview of the issues.


Meet the 2014 MacArthur Fellows
MacArthur Foundation
An extraordinary introduction to some of the most forward-looking people of our time.

OutBeat, America's first LGBT Jazz Festival, Starts in Philly
The Philadelphia Inquirer: A.D. Amorosi
Chris Bartlett, a classical pianist with jazz training who is executive director of the William Way LGBT Community Center, is producing OutBeat with Ars Nova Workshop artistic director Mark Christman. As they worked on the event, they found that there had never been a jazz festival focusing on LGBT artists and composers.

Miami City Ballet Cleans House, Opens New Season
Miami Herald: Jordan Levin
In a myriad of ways, some visible to the balletgoer and many more behind the scenes, the company has been transformed. Artistic director Lourdes Lopez has asserted her vision with increasing authority since she took over from founder Edward Villella two years ago.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Crisis Matters for Orchestras Everywhere
The Guardian: Tom Service
The musicians are locked out, the conductor devastated: this world-class orchestra’s dispute has devastating implications.

Orchestra’s Size Resonates as Big Issue in Atlanta Symphony Dispute Howard Pousner
Seeking a sustainable operating model, management wants to control the number of musicians (or, to employ the industry phrase, “the complement”) going forward. The players protest that making the orchestra any smaller will destroy its sound, and say they don’t trust ASO leadership with power over such a sensitive matter.

Met Opera Cuts 22 Nonunion Jobs, Mainly Through Layoffs
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The Metropolitan Opera, which promised to match the pay cuts that its major unions agreed to last month with equivalent cuts to its nonunion payroll, is eliminating 22 of its 254 administrative positions, mostly through layoffs.


Majority of UK Musicians Work Without Written Contract
The Stage News: Nicola Merrifield
Nearly 70% of musicians accept work without a written contract, a survey by industry body the Incorporated Society of Musicians has shown.

Second Conductor Resigns from Vienna State Opera
Associated Press
The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks. Bertrand de Billy says he refuses to work under opera director Dominique Meyer, mentioning "dishonesty" and "lack of loyalty."

There’s One Place Where They’re Still Buying CDs
New York Times: Ben Sisario
Japan may be one of the world’s perennial early adopters of new technologies, but its continuing attachment to the CD puts it sharply at odds with the rest of the global music industry.

A series of articles and links highlighting the fast-growing world of virtual arts offerings

The Google Art Project
The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions that enables people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Working with over 250 institutions, Google have put tens of thousands of works of art from more than 6,000 artists online.

Google Hangouts On Air
Schedule broadcasts and go live in HD on Google+, YouTube, and your website. It will be recorded and automatically saved on your YouTube channel.


The End of the iPod: Goodbye to the Little Box that Changed Everything
New York Times: Scott Butterworth
It came in with a simple promise, a hefty price tag and a man with something white sticking in his ears bopping around his apartment. Soon, it would transform music as we know it, inspire a business model built around pocket change and turn a struggling computer maker into the most valuable company in the world.

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