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A selection of TED talks with extraordinary musicians who impact the world around them.


Sara Caswell: Project Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month
Critically acclaimed violinist and Jacobs alumna Sara Caswell is defining what it means to be a multi-stylistic musician.

Taylor Swift: “I’m Not Willing to Contribute My Life’s Work to an Experiment that Doesn’t Fairly Compensate Artists”
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Here’s a short interview with the artist who seems to be shaking up the ways of the music world

     Related: Is Taylor Swift's New App What's Next for Music Videos?

El Sistema: a Model of Tyranny?
The Guardian: Geoff Baker
Does Venezuala’s El Sistema fail the country’s most deprived children?

     Related: Supporters Defend ‘Beacon of Social Justice’


Michael Tilson Thomas: A Boyish Patriarch Leaps Over Boundaries
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
The Conductor Seeks Musical Adventure as He Nears 70

Gabriel Prokofiev Brings His Alt-Classical-In-Clubs Franchise To New York
The New York Times: Allan Kozinn
Nonclassical, the London new-music franchise, expands to New York as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Patricia McBride At 72
The PBS NewsHour: Jeffrey Brown
Patricia McBride became the youngest principal dancer ever in legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s company. McBride spent a number of years teaching at IU and now teaches and co-directs the Charlotte Ballet. She is being honored by the Kennedy Center for her artistic dedication.

Met Asks Stars to Share Fiscal Pain
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The Metropolitan Opera said Wednesday that it was asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.

Opera for the Impatient
Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Carrie Seidman
The latest trend is to offer shorter programs and earlier start times. The hope is to encourage those unnerved by the prospect of sitting for hours at a stretch, or arriving home well past their bedtimes.

Atlanta Symphony Musicians, Management Agree to Four-Year Deal Howard Pousner
Here is full text of the announcement.

On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race
New York Times: James Russell
Elite campuses across the country have emerged from the recession riding a multibillion-dollar wave of architecturally ambitious arts facilities, even as community arts programs struggle against public indifference.

Lincoln Center to Rename Avery Fisher Hall
New York Times: Robin Pogrebin
As the orchestra prepares for a major renovation expected to cost more than $500 million, the Fisher family has agreed to relinquish the name so the Philharmonic and Lincoln Center can lure a large donor with the promise of rechristening the building.


The Opera in Rome Is a Hotbed of Chaos
New York Times: Rachel Donadio
Riccardo Muti’s departure is a sign of Rome Opera's troubles.

Royal Opera House in Dispute with Dancers Over Pay
The Telegraph: Nicola Fifield
The world-famous theatre allegedly pays its freelance dance stars less than box office staff.

Poland’s Concert Hall Revival
New York Times: Rebecca Schmid
A spate of new concert halls and performing ensembles are seen as symbolic of the triumph over the Communist past and of the adoption of modern European values.

Jazz Gave Hope During Apartheid
ArtNews: Alexander Mahany
Artist Kay Hassan talks about the influence of jazz on his work as a visual artist during the dark days in South Africa.

London’s Poppies Prove The Value of Public Art Paddy Hirsch
How a free outdoor exhibit has earned millions for charity and drawn visitors to London.

Ebola and the Culture Makers
The New Yorker: Sarah Stillman
Given the varied challenges facing the region affected by the Ebola outbreak, community groups, artists, and social-media users across West Africa are using their craft to inform and educate others.


YouTube’s Long-Awaited Music Subscription Service Launches
GigaOm: Kif Leswing
The first 6 months are free for invitees.

Bandcamp to Help Musicians Launch their Own Subscription Services
The Guardian: Stuart Dredge
Artists will be able to set their own price, release exclusive songs and send messages to their keenest fans.

Can Using Technology Make for Better Concerts?
Wired Magazine: Jeffrey Marlow
LED wristbands, which can be programmed with a range of light patterns emitting any of 16 million colors, will make it possible for concertgoers to be integrally involved in shows, serving as a key part of the set design.

How Mobile Tech is Changing the Way we Make and Enjoy Art
The Guardian: Matt Trueman
The mobile phone is a very private and intimate technology... Using it as a cultural platform, therefore, changes the artist’s relationship with the participant.


The Yaybahar, A Mesmerizing, Newly-Invented Instrument
Open Culture: Ayun Halliday
Constructed of wood and metal, the Turkish musician’s instrument sounds like something one might hear over loudspeakers at the Tate, or perhaps an avant-garde sound installation in Bushwick.

Meet The Automated Sketch-Bot That Creates Art Just Like We Do
Huffington Post: Priscilla Frank
One day robots may even be able to create "hand drawn" artworks better than you can, and not all that differently.

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