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In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts
New York Times: Michael Cooper
In the end, the Metropolitan Opera and two of its unions agreed that to avoid the calamities that have silenced swaths of the classical music world, they would have to scale back.

The Metropolitan Opera Has Solved Its Labor Crisis, But There Are Still Rumblings in Valhalla
Vulture: Justin Davidson
The Met’s labor crisis is over; the spiritual crisis goes on.

14 Artists Who Are Transforming The Future Of Opera
Huffington Post: Priscilla Frank
Before you claim opera is dead, take a look at some of the most avant-garde players in the game today.


13 Things That Are More Important Than the Music
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Number 5: “Cultural Association.” No music exists in a bubble, no matter how ‘great’ it is. If the artist doesn’t mean something to the scene or social fabric of its audience, then they simply won’t connect.

As If Music Could Do No Harm
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
The writer responds to the recent New Republic article “Liberals Are Killing Art” by Jed Perl. Art does not stand apart from reality; if it did, it would have no life in it, no light, no darkness, no power.

At Home With Renée and Plácido
New York Times: Michael Cooper
An opera lover tests major streaming services.

Does the World Need Another Classical Music Nonprofit?
Inside Philanthropy: Mike Scutari
Do music-oriented nonprofits really ignore the American classical repertoire? And if so, why?


A Song Born When Pain Is Still Fresh
New York Times: Ben Sisario
J. Cole Releases an Impassioned Song About Michael Brown, ‘Be Free’, just days after the death of Michael Brown. The song spread around the world in a matter of hours, fueled by social media and the hip-hop world’s intense online discourse about Mr. Brown.

Artists Discuss Actions after Week of Protests in Ferguson, MO
St Louis Public Radio: Willis Ryder Arnold
Racial divides -- in St. Louis, the arts community and the nation -- were the focus Wednesday night as artists gathered at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission to talk about Michael Brown's death.


Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR: Tom Huizinga
Tom Huizinga’s popular Tiny Desk Concert features the JSoM resident ensemble Pacifica Quartet, focusing on Dmitri Shostakovich.

Louisville Ballet Names New Artistic Director
The Courier-Journal: Elizabeth Kramer
The Louisville Ballet announced Tuesday its new artistic director is former Australian Ballet dancer Robert Curran, who danced with that company for 16 years before retiring from the stage in 2011.

The NFL Is Demanding ‘Several Million Dollars’ to Play the Super Bowl
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Basically [the NFL] is saying, ‘show us what you can give us while we consider you [for the halftime performance]‘.

New Music Opportunities for Young Students Grow in Missouri
New Music Box: Dean C. Minderman
With music programs in many school districts already operating on tight budgets, most don’t have the resources to expand beyond what they’re already doing. An array of programs at the University of Missouri’s School of Music is intended to make the school a center for the creation and performance of new music.


After Holding Out for Years, SoundCloud Finally Decides to Pay Artists
Digital Music News: Nina Ulloa
For all the praise that Soundcloud receives, the company has never paid its millions of artists a penny. This is why in the face of a brewing backlash, SoundCloud’s CTO and Co-Founder Eric Wahlforss said the platform would soon pay their most popular creators.

This Soprano Is Morphing Into A Maestro
New York Times: James Oestreichaug
Barbara Hannigan, a superb and versatile Canadian soprano, has found another use for her hands and arms. At 43, she is developing a second career, as a conductor, and she seems to be stealing shows around Europe with some regularity.


Interviews with Key Entrepreneurs of Our Time
Khan Academy
Personal lessons and insights from accomplished entrepreneurs are the basis of this interview series produced by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Khan Academy.

What Really Killed the CD?
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
An interesting graphic that reveals the timeline of digitized music distribution.

4 Lessons About Entrepreneurs, From the Seat of a Bicycle Lisa Evans
Michael Glauser, executive director of the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship at Utah State University , interviews entrepreneurs who have been in business for five years or more.

8 Steps to Launching a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Nathan Resnick
Crowdfunding is an effective way for entrepreneurs to launch their companies without much capital investment.

Why Brands are Un-Friending Facebook to follow Twitter
Marketing Magazine (UK)
Red Bull, Heineken, Coca-Cola were among the first brands to realise the power of the Facebook Like. But these giants are now turning away from Facebook.


As of August 20, the ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year, thanks to the viral impact of the Ice Bucket Challenge that is being spread over social media – and this campaign is still going strong.

Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Art?
Huffington Post: Matt Gleason
Perhaps without knowing it, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is drawing from two genres of contemporary art to advance their cause.

Can Your Cause Catch Lightening in an Ice Bucket?
Social Media for Non-Profits: Ritu Sharma
The ALS project has demonstrated how it is possible for nonprofits to compete with brands and organizations with multi-million dollar ad buying budgets by being creative and harnessing the power of social media and social activism.

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