Click here for web page


Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.


As we continue to recover from The Great Recession, startups are everywhere, from the tech sector to retail and service industries. New music ensembles are also popping up all over, formed by conductors, music educators, and arts administrators. Symphony Magazine’s Jennifer Melick takes a look at eight new groups.


The Golden Age of Online Music Is Over (and Another Is Beginning)
The Atlantic: Spencer Kornhaber
Beyonce and Rihanna’s exclusive Tidal releases show that what was once a listener’s paradise is now being carved into fiefdoms as competition between streaming platforms intensifies.

Former Kennedy Center Director Michael Kaiser Tackles the Future of Arts in U.S.
Miami Herald: Jordan Levin
Keiser’s predictions are dire enough to make (classical) arts-lovers want to crawl under the covers. But ignoring the future won’t make it go away — as record companies, TV networks, newspaper publishers, and other practitioners of old school systems can testify.

Free Speech or Hate Speech? Lisitsa and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The Washington Post: Anne Midgette
On April 8 and 9, the pianist Valentina Lisitsa was to perform the Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This week, the orchestra paid out her contract, citing “deeply offensive” comments she was alleged to have made on her Twitter feed about the ongoing conflict in her native Ukraine.

Reaching Music Industry Influencers The Right Way
Hype Cortney Harding
In today’s ultra-crowded and competitive marketplace, artists should use every tool they have to reach out to the influencers who can help their careers. Unfortunately, many go about it in the wrong way, coming across as naive and tone-deaf. Are you one of them?

Listen to the Future
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
Can tradition-minded classical listeners ever be made to grasp the crippling contradictions inherent in their hostility toward contemporary music? The question hangs in the air, because the future of the art depends on it.

Creating Opera from Real Events is Almost as Old as the Art form Itself
The Guardian: Andrew Clements
Ever since composer Tansy Davies and librettist Nick Drake settled on the events of 9/11 as the starting point for their opera Between Worlds for ENO, they must have known what a difficult subject they were tackling. Creating operas out of real events, whether in the recent or more distant past, is almost as old as the art form itself.


Arts Education Poised for Comeback in Nation’s Largest School Districts
ArtsBlog: Doug Israel
Urban school districts, such as New York and Chicago, are taking bold steps to expand the school day curriculum and once again invest in arts education. After years of budget cuts, and a narrowing of curriculum at public schools across the country, cities are taking action.

Guggenheim Fellows Include Jazz-Beyond-Jazz Creators
Jazz Beyond Jazz: Howard Mandel
Four stellar jazz-beyond-jazz musicians — orchestra composer-leader Darcy James Argue, trumpeter Etienne Charles, saxophonist Steve Lehman and scholar-composer/improviser-electronics innovator-trombonist George E. Lewis, all practiced stretching the definition of “jazz” without breaking it — have been named 2015 fellows of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

New DSO Oboist Raring to Go — As Soon as he Graduates
Detroit Free Press: Mark Stryker
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's newly hired principal oboist Alexander Kinmonth has a lot to do before he takes his place next fall at the center of the wind section on stage at Orchestra Hall.

Don McLean's 'American Pie' Manuscript Sells for $1.2 Million
LA Times: Randy Lewis
Making it perhaps the priciest slice of pie ever, an anonymous buyer paid more than $1.2 million for the original manuscript of Don McLean’s 1971 epic hit song “American Pie,” an impressionistic recounting of the musical, social and political upheaval in American life during the previous two decades.


Art Made in Harm’s Way
ARTnews: Lilly Wei
From war zones to natural disasters, many artists are seduced by extreme conditions.

Watch the 1000-Year-Old Dance Tradition the Khmer Rouge Nearly Killed
PBS NewsHour


Choosic: Tinder for Tunes
The Next Web: Mic Wright
The app serves up an endless stream of songs. Swipe right for ones you like, swipe left to dismiss dirges that make your ears hurt. You’ll find a mix of lesser known acts and big names popping up.

Booking Studio Time Gets its Airbnb Model
PSFK: Jason Brick
Unbooked studio slots, be gone: Studiotime pairs musicians with recording studios.

4 Tips for Grant Ask Amounts
Fractured Atlas: Dianne Debicella
You need to decide how much you should ask for in your letter of inquiry or your full proposal to the funder. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to come up with your ask amount.


How Does Genre Affect Popular Musicians' Life Expectancy?
io9: Dianna Theadora Kenny
Do all pop musicians live hard and fast, take risks and die young? The article includes a chart that plots genres over time (oldest to youngest genres), showing the average age of death of popular musicians by genre and gender against life expectancy (LE) for US males and females born in the same year.


Enjoy reading all our past issues, organized chronologically >

JCEIProject Partner: The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kelley School of Business offers one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculums in the world, with nationally-ranked academic programs that a wide range of real-world entrepreneurial experiences through cross-campus initiatives with university departments and involvement with the business community.

Jacobs School of Music - Living Music
Facebook   Twitter  YouTube
IU Symbol Copyright © 2013 The Trustees of Indiana University | Copyright Complaints
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music 1201 East Third Street Bloomington, IN 47405