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The Future’s Bright, Just Use Your Imagination
The Guardian: Juilain Lloyd Webber
Earlier this month, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber gave a speech to music students at the Birmingham Conservatoire about how similar our era is to when he was forming as a musician in the 70s. It’s a great read and very inspiring.


Needed: A Revolution in Musical Training
Chronicle of Higher Education: Robert Freeman
One of the most influential figures in music higher education has just published a book - The Crisis of Classical Music in America; Lessons from a Life in the Education of Musicians – and is a guest writer at The Chronicle: He writes,"Students and parents, music professors and deans, provosts and foundation heads need to imagine a whole new musical ecosystem in which degrees granted would be kept better in check while audiences are better enticed and engaged."

Dying From Exposure
New Music Box: Isaac Schankler
With our willingness to promote ourselves through performance, are we're creating a scenario in which most musicians find it difficult to make a living?

Location, Location
New Music Box: Dean C. Minderman
As music production and distribution in the 21st century are done increasingly in the digital world, some have suggested that the importance of place—of where the music is made—may be fading.


The Music Industry: 1973-2013
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Another fascinating graph of how different platforms of music distribution have changed in the US through the years.

Apocalypse Later: The Metropolitan Opera's Show Goes On, For Now
Wall Street Journal: Terry Teachout
It appears that the terms to which Peter Gelb agreed stand in sharp contrast to what he'd argued was necessary to pull the Met out of its financial quicksand.

Pennsylvania Ballet Fires Longtime Artistic Leaders, Administrators Peter Dobrin
With a single swing of the ax, the new leadership of Pennsylvania Ballet has cleared out the longtime artistic pillars of the company

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again as ASO and Symphony Musicians Face Contract Deadline
ArtsAtl: Jenny Jarvie
After a fractious 2012 labor dispute that saw musicians locked out of symphony facilities without pay, the ASO Players’ Association has less than two weeks to reach consensus with management on the 2014 contract.

Minnesota Orchestra Announces $13.2 Million in Gifts
Star Tribune: Graydon Royce
The Minnesota Orchestra, emerging from a financial crisis and a historic labor lockout, had good news on Wednesday when the board said it has received $13.2 million in four separate donations, all given anonymously.

Director of Indianapolis Children's Choir Cheryl Eisele West dies
Indianapolis Star: Brian Eason and Justin L. Mack
"Mama West," as her students called her, was remembered on Sunday as a talented musician with a keen ear for beauty, and as a loyal friend and teacher, who made a lasting impact on those whose lives she touched. She was a Jacobs School of Music alumna.

Nick Winter leaving CSO for San Francisco Symphony
Chicago Sun Times: Andrew Patner
Whenever the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association finds a successor to former president Deborah F. Rutter, about to take leadership of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., that person will start with a clean slate in senior artistic management.

‘Opera Olympics’ returns to Los Angeles
The Telegraph: Ben Travis
Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition showcases the best young talent in opera from around the world


Paavo Järvi Announces His Departure From Orchestre De Paris
Radio France
The conductor Paavo Järvi Estonian has announced his departure from the Orchestre de Paris in 2016, citing the time and attention he wishes to make to his future position with the Tokyo NHK Symphony Orchestra.

St. Petersburg Composer's Opera Incites Violence
The St.Petersburg Times: Sergey Chernov
The premiere of a new opera was canceled in St. Petersburg last week after both the refusal of yet another venue to hold it and an assault on the opera’s composer. Called “New Jerusalem,” the opera composed by award-winning local composer Ilya Demutsky with librettist Artyom Suslov will not premiere in the city due to the worsening political and cultural climate, Demutsky said in an interview with The St. Petersburg Times on Aug. 23.

Girls From Brazil's Favelas Find Escape in Ballet
AP: Adriana Gomez Licon
Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride to her new favorite activity: ballet. Peeling back the tarp over the doorway, the skinny girl reaches out into the dirt alleyway to hug the church volunteer arriving to take her to dance class.


What The Innovator Sees That Others Don't See
Forbes Magazine: Rob Ashgar
The innovator looks for the shortest route between two points. ... The Internet has turbocharged that same dynamic in literature, music, entertainment.

What I Learned in My First 365 Days as an Entrepreneur Andy Pray
Here are six of the six thousand things I wish I knew back when I was sitting in my kitchen wondering how it would all shake out.

7 Key Attributes to Look for in a Balanced Entrepreneur Martin Zwilling
The entrepreneurial lifestyle is a tough one under the best of circumstances, and it’s one you have to love in order to succeed.

A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur
TechCrunch: John Biggs
Successful musicians are entrepreneurs – they work hard, way beyond 9 to 5. They learn filmmaking and editing software to make their own videos, and much more.

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