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21st Century

Creative careers are thriving as artists take advantage of new forms of music distribution, DIY producing, and an explosion of options. It's a complicated world, though, and opportunities reveal themselves in unexpected places.


Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning That Differs by Age
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
Older people are more interested in music as an intense, inner experience, while younger ones view it as a way of escaping bad moods and connecting with friends.

A Leading Surgeon Explains Why So Many Singers Suffer From Vocal-Cord Injuries
Vulture: Lauretta Charlton
Perhaps it’s not there are more – just greater awareness, more surgeries, and better results.

Are Events More Important Than The Art?
Apollo Magazine: Tiffany Jenkins
The throng – the sight of people congregating – is being used to prove relevance, to demonstrate that cultural institutions are hip and popular.

Mister, Make Me a…Song?
NewMusicBox: Rachel Peters
In the industry, “song” has become the default term for just about any piece of music under the sun. How does that change the way we think of different musical genres?

Is Music The Most Important School Subject?
The Economist
Best-selling author, Philip Pullman, thinks so.


Jacobs Alumnus Vince Lee appointed Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony
Inside Indiana Business: ISO Press Release
Lee earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. During his time at IU, he premiered more than 50 works by student performers, conducted 17 orchestral concerts, and served as assistant conductor for the IU New Music Ensemble, Opera Theater and Ballet.

Christian Macelaru is Making His Mark Patrick Strearns
Moving from associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra to conductor-in-residence, Macelaru has recently conducted with the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Danish National Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony.

The Atlanta Symphony Gaining Artistic and Financial Security
Arts Atlanta: Doug Deloach
What a difference nine months and a four-year contract can make.

Houston Classical Radio Station Sells FM Frequency and Goes All-Digital
Houston Chronicle: David Barron
The frequency is in a portion of the FM dial allocated for non-commercial operations, leading to speculation that it could be sold to one of several broadcasters of religious programming in the area.

Universal Music Cuts Deal With Soundcloud, Possibly Hurting Artists
Hypebot – via All About Jazz
While details of the deal are not yet known, many in the industry question the efficacy of similar label deals with other music streamers which exchange potential revenue for artists for an equity stake for the corporation which artists often do not participate in.


Musical Dialogue with Cuba Expands
New York Times: Nat Chinen
The pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill forges his relationship with “Cuba: the Conversation Continues” and “Live in Cuba”.

Crisis at the Coliseum
Opera News: Richard Fairman
Like the City Opera, the English National Opera is one of two opera companies competing in a great metropolis and at a disadvantage to its glamorous neighbor.

Stop The Foreign Music! Kenyan Pop Stars Ask for Government Help
NPR: Gregory Warner
With laws in South Africa and Nigera that require between 55 and 70 percent local content on radio stations and TV, Kenyan artists want their government to do the same.


Apple Music is Having Little Impact on Streaming Competitors
Hypebot – via All About Jazz
Apple Music is not exciting iOS users, says a new survey. And it's having little impact in streaming competitors.

48% of Apple Music Trial Users Have Left the Service
Digital Music News
A graphic overview of the trends related to Apple Music. Does this point to a long road ahead for the new streaming service?

How Spotify Reinvented The Playlist
The Washington Post: Brian Fung
Music listeners are shifting away from genre labels. What they really want is a set of tunes to fit their mood.

A New Tux Made From Athletic Fabric
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Orchestra musicians still tend to saw away at Beethoven and Mahler in hot, constricting formal attire that would be instantly recognizable to audiences of a century ago. A new fabric might change everything.

12 Best Instagram Tools For Musicians
Hypebot – via All About Jazz
Instagram's unparalleled popularity in the world of online photo sharing means that artists are guaranteed to want to include it as part of their online presence. Here are twelve Instagram tools that can be utilized for those wishing to take things to the next level.


The Color of Songs
Stephen Palmer and Karen B. Schloss
Emotion plays a crucial role in how we interpret and respond to any number of external stimuli, including colors and songs. This is a deeply researched overview of how we relate colors to what we hear.


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