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Salon Magazine: Larry Blumenfeld
Jazz musicians led the way back to the city after Katrina — but what is this “new” New Orleans? For some artists, there's a sense of alienation as things change.


Two Very Different Summer Operas Patrick Stearns
If music is the universal language it's often proclaimed to be, why has nothing close to a consensus emerged on the two high-profile opera openings of the summer? The Philly critic, Patrick Stearns, considers how different “Cold Mountain” by Jennifer Higdon and “Written on Skin” by George Benjamin are. 

The Future of Music: A Manifesto for Executives, Creatives, and Artists
HypeBot: Brian Solis
We live in a time of digital Darwinism; the evolution of technology and society impacts behavior, expectations and customs. The question we all have to ask is on which side of evolution we want to end up? 
Watch Brian Solis’ keynote at Midem 2015 >

The Brilliance of Diplo and Skrillex in Collaboration with Justin Bieber
New York Times Video
“Where are U Now” and electronic dance music helped Justin Bieber sing for grown-ups.  A fascinating story of how pop music is made today.

Was the NYT Article Wrong?
Future of Music Coalition
The Coalition questions the assumptions in last week’s New York Times article by Steven Johnson, “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t”.
Steven Johnson responds

Ben Folds Champions Symphony Orchestras
Evening Standard: David Smyth
The alt rocker writes a concerto and shares his opinions – in colorful style!

Middle-aged Musicians are Missing Out
The Telegraph: Ivan Hewett
Classical music reveres the aged master, but it’s no less enamored of youth. The problem is that between charmed youth and revered old age comes the ‘awkward age’. To be musically talented and middle-aged in the UK is nowadays deemed worthy of no more than polite attention.


Swift Leads Winners but West, Cyrus Rule MTV Video Music Awards
Reuters: Piya Sinha-Roy
Taylor Swift may have won the most Moonmans on Sunday but it was her reunion with rapper Kanye West on the MTV Video Music Awards stage that stole the show, as West declared he will run for the U.S. presidency in 2020.

The Birth of a New Major Dance School in Los Angeles
The New York Times: Brian Seibert
A 2012 donation of an unspecified multimillion-dollar sum has made possible the founding of the Kaufman school, the first new school in nearly 40 years established through an endowment at USC, which barely had a dance program before.

Beethoven, Flaming Tubas and 5,000 Kazoos: Classical Music at Burning Man
NPR: April Dembosky
More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual arts festival — and many of them will spend their nights at post-apocalyptic raves. A group of classical musicians are there too, playing Beethoven in the desert. 

After 46 years and 2,335 Concerts, John Oliver Exits Tanglewood
Musical America: Leslie Kandell

Allan Kozinn Transitions to Maine
Portland Press Herald Allan Kozinn
The former New York Times music and culture writer focuses his critic's eye on Maine and looks ahead to the fall classical season.


Daniel Barenboim Provokes Backlash Over Iran Concert
New York Times: Michael Cooper
News that one of the most respected — and outspoken — Israeli musicians in the world, Daniel Barenboim, is hoping to conduct a concert in Iran with the Berlin Staatskapelle drew a furious reaction this week from Israel’s right-wing culture minister.
Also, read Iran and Israel United in Opposition to Daniel Barenboim Concert.

Russian Communications Ministry Proposes Royalty Collections be Run By the Kremlin
Billboard: Vladimir Kozlov
The ministry has suggested that the task of collecting copyright royalties should be transferred from existing collecting societies to a state agency that would be formed specifically for that purpose.


How Your Smartphone Can Bring ‘Creative Disruption’ Into the Concert Hall
San Francisco Classical Voice: Mark MacNamara
Fourth of a five-part series on classical music, new initiatives in marketing, and novel “audience engagement” tools.

How to Jumpstart Your Career in Music
Majoring in Music
A few ideas from Keith Hatschek from the Pacific Conservatory.  Excellent advice!

Use of Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Pinterest Surge
Marketing Land: Greg Sterling
Almost half of those 18-29 in the US are now users of messaging apps. Facebook is still dominant, but not growing as much as other services.


25 Things Musicians Need to Do Today to Feel Better About Themselves
The Violin Channel
A humorous approach to some of the more important things to consider.


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