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Arts and heritage organizations must radically change their approach to audiences if they are to remain relevant, says James McQuaid.


Deus Ex Musica: The Beethoven Effect
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
Beethoven transformed music—but has veneration of him stifled his successors?

A Musical Fix for American Schools
Wall Street Journal: Joanne Lipman
Research shows that music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence.

The Distortion of Sound
Open Culture (Video)
A really great short film on how we've created “a McDonald’s Generation of Music Consumers”

No One Knows How Teens Listen to Music
The Atlantic: Shirley Li
All the major surveys disagree. Maybe it's a secret.


An Opera Under Fire
The New York Times: Zachary Woolf
The Metropolitan Opera’s staging of John Adams’s controversial 1991 work, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” has been drawing furious protests in advance of its Monday night premiere.

The Core of the ASO Lockout is Whether Atlanta will Support a World-Class Orchestra
Arts ATL: James Paulk
Could Atlanta lose the orchestra altogether, as happened in Miami and Honolulu in recent years? Of course it could. These things always seem impossible until they happen.

NPR Launches New Multiplatform Jazz Series
New York Times: Felicia R. Lee
A joint endeavor of National Public Radio, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Newark radio station WBGO (88.3 FM), “Jazz Night in America” will bring jazz to audiences through its website, video and webcasts, as well as on radio.

That Arts Degree Is Paying Off
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
The IU-based SNAAP survey of people who have earned degrees in the arts find they are doing relatively well, although their education didn’t provide much guidance on managing a career.

Kennedy Center’s New Leader Wants to Showcase Contemporary Artists
The Washington Post: Peggy McGlone
The Kennedy Center’s president, Deborah Rutter, suggested that changes are coming to the country’s busiest arts center, including raising the profile of living composers and artists, exploring a new format for the center’s free venue and nurturing its affiliate symphony and opera programs.

Kicking Up a Boom Out West
New York Times: Brian Siebert
Los Angeles is attracting more top dancers.

San Diego Opera: Progress Report
U-T San Diego: James Chute
2016 season taking shape; 2015 subscriptions up; education emphasized.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ and 'Hunger Games,' Oh My! How This Was the Year of the Soundtrack
Billboard: James Servin
Frozen was just the tip of the iceberg at a time where music triumphed at the movies.

Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?
Billboard: Melinda Newman
Taylor, Iggy, Katy, Nicki, Charli, Jessie, Ariana -- there’s no question that women are dominating the singles chart and leading the conversations when it comes to pop music.


Well Past the Rubble, Orchestra Rebuilds
New York Times: Michael Cooper
As many American orchestras bemoan their recent struggles, they might do well to reflect on the challenges that the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra has had to overcome since the brutal Balkan wars of the 1990s and the political, social and economic upheavals that followed.

Chinese President Xi Jinping Warns Against 'Immoral' Art
BBC News
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told artists, authors and actors that their work should present socialist values and not carry the "stench of money".

Cuba Violinmakers Battle Instrument Shortage
Yahoo News: Andrea Rodriguez
Cuba's dozens of free music schools turn out thousands of skilled young musicians each year, many of whom play imported instruments that can only be repaired and maintained with hard-to-find materials from abroad. Students must make do with violins from China that too easily pop strings and lose their tone.


'Super Size Me' Filmmaker Is Producing a New Web Series on Entrepreneurship Geoff Weiss
Morgan Spurlock’s headline-grabbing documentaries have turned a lens upon subjects as varied as the health hazards of McDonald’s (Super Size Me) to the exploits of uber-popular boy bands (One Direction: This Is Us.) But for his latest project, the filmmaker is set to take a deconstructive look at the field of entrepreneurship.

Where Does Innovation Come From? Steve Tobak
Innovation comes from inside you. Ideas, inspiration and innovation only seem to come from outside you, but they don’t.

Canadian Opera Company achieves 50% Sales Conversion Rate with Email during Intermission and Phone Call
MarketingSherpa: Erin Hogg
Sending the right message to the right person at the right time is the key to success for many email programs. The Canadian Opera Company, implemented perfectly timed sends and coordinating phone follow-ups to achieve a 50% sales conversion rate from follow-up calls stemming from emails.


YouTube For The Arts: Expert Tips
The Guardian: Matthew Caines
From audiences and budget to content and metadata, our YouTube for the arts webchat panel share their top tips.

We're All Millennials Now Bridget Brennan
I can’t help but chuckle when I hear people complain about Millennials. As we continue to adapt to the changes that are disrupting all of our businesses, remember to think broadly. After all, there’s a little (or a lot) of Millennial in all of us.


Animated Sheet Music of 3 Charlie Parker Jazz Classics: “Confirmation,” “Au Privave” & “Bloomdido”
Open Culture: Colin Marshall
Very cool to watch and listen!

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