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From the film Selma, John Legend and Common perform the Oscar-nominated song “Glory” at the 87th Academy Awards

Artivate is a journal of entrepreneurship in the arts that brings together leading theorists and practitioners. Led by Linda Essig, Gary Beckman, Joseph Roberts and others, the journal has become a key forum. Read the latest Winter 2015 Edition here >

With Arts Advocacy Day just a month away, here’s an introduction to one of the most important advocacy organizations in the country. The organization’s mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Video: Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts, by Americans for the Arts >


Arts Must Do More to Appeal to Wider Public or Face “Cultural Apartheid”
The Stage News: David Hutchison
A landmark new UK report has warned that more needs to be done to fix the “mismatch” between publicly funded arts and the taste of the general public, in order to avoid “cultural apartheid”.

Driven Into Paradise
Wall Street Journal: Daniel Hope
Fleeing Hitler, émigré musicians created a lasting Hollywood Sound. An article written by Daniel Hope, whose parents fled the Nazis by emigrating to South Africa, only to leave the country in the 70s because of Apartheid.

It’s Time for Artists to Get Angry
The Guardian: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord
The role of art in our society is undervalued by those in power. All this talk about privilege in the theatre diverts attention from failing UK policies.

What Is the Future for Modern-Dance Companies?
The New Yorker: Marina Harss
American dance has never suffered a violent rupture with its past, but, in a way, the slow death brought by time can be even more definitive.

The Creative Class and the Movies
The New Yorker: Richard Brody
A review of Scott Timberg’s ‘admirable, fascinating book,’ Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class.

10 Times Ballet Dancers Made Pop Music Videos So Much Better
The Huffington Post: Katherine Brooks
While think tanks ponder the future of ballet, take a look at these striking videos that show a way in which the classical arts can reach the masses.


The Los Angeles Philharmonic Faces up to a Daunting Future
LA Times: Jeffrey Fleishman
Orchestras across the country have been shaken by the loss of subscribers, aging audiences, declining corporate donations, labor strife and the struggle of remaining relevant in an era when technology is redefining how people spend their leisure hours.

Eschenbach’s NSO Contract to End in 2017
The Washington Post: Anne Midgette
After seven years as music director of the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach will conclude his tenure in 2017. He will become the Conductor Laureate of the orchestra in the 2017-18 season.

Ronald Perelman, A Mogul With Muscle, Takes Over Carnegie Hall
New York Times: Robin Pogrebin
Billionaire business titan and a self-described “frustrated musician,” Ronald Perelman owns five drum sets and has played with the likes of Bon Jovi and the Beach Boys. Carnegie announced that he has succeeded Sanford I. Weill, who served as chairman for nearly a quarter-century.

How Björk Broke the Sound Barrier
The Guardian: Alex Ross
With an acclaimed new album, and a MoMA exhibition due next month, the Icelandic star is back. Award-winning music writer Alex Ross traces her musical journey from child prodigy to genre-defying queen of the avant garde.

Starbucks to Stop Selling CDs
Billboard: Shirley Halperin
The decision follows a tough environment for the format, which saw a sales decline of 15 percent in 2014.


Why China's Music Industry Should Be Extremely Wary Of Its Mobile Providers
HypeBot: Archie Hamilton
What happens when an industry’s well-being lies in the hands of a monopolistic group of state-owned enterprises that don’t care about sustainability, much less the growth, of the industry, and don't invest the money they make on others’ content back into nurturing that industry?

London to Create World-Class Concert Hall
The Telegraph: Camilla Turner
George Osborne joins Boris Johnson in backing Sir Simon Rattle’s campaign for a new state-of-the-art venue in London.


How to Turn Your Passion Into a Career
TIME: Graham Young
You will have found your calling when your life story influences your work, and not only the other way around.

4 Ways to Bounce Back From an Unproductive Day
TIME: Avery Augustine
A little advice as you rebound after all these snow days.


Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country
NPR: Deceptive Cadence
The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place in the fictional Zubrowka, somewhere in Central Europe, at a fancy hotel that once sparkled with activity. To give the movie its central European feel, composer Alexandre Desplat used Gregorian chant, balalaikas, and the cimbalom, a hammered dulcimer heard in folk music in Hungary and Austria and elsewhere throughout the region.

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