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Massachusetts Becomes First State To Fund Music Education Inspired By El Sistema
The Artery: Andrea Shea
At the same time that school music programs across the country are being downsized due to budget cuts, there’s one intensive music-education program that’s growing. Massachusetts has become the first state in the country to set aside funding for the Venezuelan-born effort known as El Sistema.


Violin World Yowls at Challenge to Fabled Teacher
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
The bitterly traded charges of deception and unfair attacks would have been right at home in a rough-and-tumble political campaign. In this case, though, the acrimony erupted in an area that is usually much more placid: the market for children’s violin lessons

New Study Examines the Increasing Importance of “Where?” for the Arts
The James Irvine Foundation
Many arts nonprofits are paying close attention to place as a vehicle to attract and engage new participants. Some are bringing arts to unusual spaces to make it happen. This activity is the impetus behind research released today through AEA Consulting.

Spotify Doesn’t Hurt Artists: My Band Would Be Nowhere Without It
Wired: Ben Berry
Spotify has been the topic of much debate the past few weeks, thanks in part to Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her catalog from the Spotify. For others, the service has been helpful and a very positive experience.


Here Are the Grammy Nominees for 2015
Time Magazine: Sarah Begley
The first nominees have been announced for the 2015 Grammy Awards. Best Orchestral Performance selections include performances by JSoM alumni Aaron Sheehan, Corey Smyth, and Larry Brownlee. Can you recognize any others?

New York City Opera Board Sign Agreement to Transfer its Name and Intellectual Property to NYCO Renaissance, Ltd. to Revive Company under New Leadership with Return to Lincoln Center
Opera Candy
In an historic turnaround, the Board of Directors of New York City Opera, which filed for Chapter 11 in October of 2013, voted to recommend to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court a sale of the New York City Opera name, related intellectual property, and the New York City Opera Thrift Shop to NYCO Renaissance, Ltd—a new and independent 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization.

Seattle Prepares to Blitz the Grammys
Slipped Disc: Norman Lebrecht
The Seattle Symphony, ‘fastest rising US orch of 2014‘, has received six Grammy nominations for two own-label releases, including Producer of the Year for Dmitri Lipay and best contemporary for John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean.

Steve Zegree is Project Jumpstart’s December Entrepreneur of the Month
Project Jumpstart Team
Read an interview about his passion for teaching and music entrepreneurship.

Minnesota Orchestra Declares 'Remarkable Year' after Posting Small Deficit
Star Tribune: Graydon Royce
A budget deficit generally means bad news, but the Minnesota Orchestra’s report Tuesday that it finished the fiscal year $650,000 in the red was greeted with relief.

Can The Atlanta Symphony Survive Its Downsizing?
ArtsATL: James L. Paulk
Questions remain, and not just about the evolution of the orchestra’s sound as things fall back into place. Can Atlanta pull together to sustain a world-class orchestra, or are we seeing an orchestra in retreat?

San Diego Opera Was Nowhere Near Financial Collapse Last Season
UT San Diego: James Chute
The San Diego Opera has released its 2013-14 audited financial statements, which show the opera ending its June, 30, 2014 fiscal year in solid financial condition.

With Stylish Moves, a Kryzystof Urbanski Makes a New York Debut
New York Times: David Allen
Filling in for Christoph von Dohnanyi, Krzysztof Urbanski, the music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra made a sturdy debut conducting the Philharmonic.

We’re Nothing but Busts, Mozart. Busts!
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
With libretto from alumnus Jeremy Denk and performances by alumni Rachel Calloway and Aubrey Allicock in the case, “The Classical Style,” an opera buffa performed Thursday at Zankel Hall, receives a strong review.


Toronto Symphony Orchestra Posts a Surplus
Toronto Star: Trish Crawford
“The deficit era is over,” Melanson said in an interview before the TSO’s annual general meeting where it was announced the orchestra posted a modest surplus of $222,349 on revenues of nearly $24 million. It’s a considerable improvement over last year’s deficit of $1.2 million and $800,000 the year before.

Donor Pledges $100 Million For Opera House, Dies; Theatre Sues, Court Rules
New York Times: Michael Cooper
One of the most closely watched legal battles in the worlds of classical music and philanthropy, after a major benefactor of the Lucerne Festival, Christof Engelhorn, offered to donate more than $100 million to build it, but died before the money was paid.

Music Ensembles Help Immigrant Kids Integrate Into Society
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
German researchers report immigrant children who spent a year in student music ensembles fit in better with the mainstream culture.

Open Rebellion At Seoul Philharmonic
Korea JoongAng Daily: Yim Seung-Hye
Employees from the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra released a statement on Tuesday appealing for the expulsion of Park Hyun-jung, their current president, insisting that their 52-year-old leader had violated their human rights.


Insights from 4 Yale Music Entrepreneurs
Astrid Baumbardner (blog)
Recent alumni of the Yale School of Music to speak about how they navigate the possibilities and opportunities in today's ever-changing world.

35 Things you Should Do for Your Career by the Time You Turn 35 The Muse
But when it comes to your career, there are some things that we do recommend getting started on sooner rather than later. Not because some all-knowing career god out there says you have to, but because you'll make your professional future — not to mention day-to-day work life — a whole lot easier.

An Opera Offered on the Installment Plan
New York Times: Allan Kozinn
For opera critics pondering the future of the form, the composer Lisa Bielawa’s latest work, “Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser,” offers a new twist. The work is a serial opera – serial in the television sense, not in the 12-tone sense – and although it will be filmed before live audiences, it is meant to be seen on television or online, in short installments that will be released over two years.


Whose Sound Is It Anyway?
NPR: Coupe De Grace
Some sounds are so associated with a particular company, they're trademarked! So if you're a lion, you better roar in a different key than MGM's lion. Can you name the products tied to these sounds?

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