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Thomas Cott, producer of the influential You’ve Cott Mail e-blast, wrote on ‘What’s Next: The Future of Non-Profit Marketing’ this past week. It’s a great read!


Amid All The Fretting About Classical Music's Future, Some Worries About Its Past
Baltimore Sun: Tim Smith
There isn’t enough attention being paid by current musicians and audiences to the many ways that music used to be played and felt, how differently it communicated – and how much more grippingly it could be performed today.

If You’re Asking ‘What’s In It for Me?’ Then You’re In the Wrong Business
Digital Music News: Amanda Palmer
The foreword to the 4th Edition of the The Future of the Music Business by music industry attorney Steve Gordon. Those winning in the music business today adopt an attitude of service. They look at the world and locate who wants the music.


17 Ballet Icons Who Are Changing The Face Of Dance Today
Huffington Post: Katherine Brooks
There are plenty of dancers in the contemporary realm who are actively working to change the white-washed, body oppressive world of ballet. Behold, 17 ballet icons who are changing the face of dance.

The Case for Peter Gelb: The Met’s Maligned Manager Isn’t as Bad as You Think
New York Observer: James Jorden
The dark clouds hovering over Mr. Gelb should not obscure his very real achievements. Maybe schmoozing the wealthy is not as glamorous as presenting Ms. Netrebko or as artistically stimulating as producing a world premiere, but it has been the baseline job description of every impresario since opera began. And right now Mr. Gelb performs that role better than anyone in the world.

Let’s Talk About Risk at the Metropolitan Opera
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
When the New York City Opera kept downsizing in a desperate attempt to stay in business, it seemed unthinkable that New York, the cultural capital of the world, could not find a way to support two major opera companies. Come September, if a work shutout is imposed, and the talks are not resolved, New York could be left without any.

Metropolitan Opera Forecasts 'Significantly Larger' Deficit This Year
Wall Street Journal: Jennifer Maloney
The Metropolitan Opera expects its deficit for the fiscal year ended July 31 to be "significantly larger" than the previous year's $2.8 million shortfall, according to a newly released financial-disclosure document.

Indianapolis Opera Hires Steven Stolen to Help Assess Future
IBJ: Lou Harry
The Indianapolis Opera has hired Steven Stolen, former managing director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, to direct an assessment and strategic-planning effort.

Louisville Orchestra In The Black
The Courier-Journal: Elizabeth Kramer
The Louisville Orchestra is reporting a $20,000 budget surplus — the first time it has been in the black since it filed for bankruptcy nearly four years ago.

Washington National Opera to Mount Three New 20-Minute Operas
New Music Box
The Washington National Opera has announced details for the third season of their American Opera Initiative, a commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists.


Can Dance Address the Israel/Palestine Divide?
Wendy Perron (blog)
“What I’m asking them to do is to dance with the enemy,” says Pierre Dulaine in this trailer of the upcoming documentary Dancing in Jaffa.

$320 Million Facility to Stoke China’s Musical Theater Industry
New York Times: Patrick Healey
With musical theater markets growing robustly in South Korea, Japan and Australia, China is taking a step toward increasing its relatively modest role in the industry by building a major new musical production center outside Beijing.


About Music Entrepreneurship:

Five Innovative Ways to Tell Your Organization’s Story
Fractured Atlas: Jason Tseng
Five innovative and exciting examples of how some people are telling their companies’ stories. The range of reports really runs the gamut– some slickly designed, others more irreverent– but what unifies them all is their focus on telling a compelling story with engaging content.

Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV
The Daily Beast: Ted Gioia
As record labels repeat tired formulas and watch their business model collapse, they should turn on the television to see how another outmoded industry came back from the brink. Of all the lies told to musicians, here’s the biggest lie of them all: you have to give your talent away for free.

9 Mistakes Musicians Make On Twitter
Digital Music News: Ari Herstand
1) Starting Tweets With @Someonesname; 2) Replying To Hate; 3) Paying For Followers; 4) Not Replying To Fans; 5) Syncing It With Facebook ...

Fight Overthinking, That Destroyer of Decision Making Martin Turner and Jamie Barker
When making decisions under pressure, many professionals are plagued with a fear of making the wrong choice, selecting an option that could lead to business failure. This fear of failure, in itself, is not a bad thing.


An Infographic That Maps 2,000 Years of Cultural History in 5 Minutes Liz Stinson
Last week in the journal Science, the researchers (led by University of Texas at Dallas art historian Maximilian Schich) published a study that looked at the cultural history of Europe and North America by mapping the birth and deaths of more than 150,000 notable figures—including everyone from Leonardo Da Vinci to Ernest Hemingway. That data was turned into an amazing animated infographic that looks strikingly similar to the illustrated flight paths you find in the back of your inflight magazine. Blue dots indicate a birth, red ones means death.

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