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How Are Today’s Musicians Earning their Keep?
Future of Music Coalition
An extensive multi-method, cross-genre research project from 2010 and 2014 reveals how US based musicians and composers are earning a living. Report examples:


Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The artistic results of partnerships with more than 60 groups from around the world — with the groups providing the content and Google providing the “gee-whiz!” technology.

Have You Checked Out Google’s Cultural Institute Yet?
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
Have you been to the Google Cultural Institute yet? If not, you’re missing out on some very impressive first gen technology designed to create what Google calls “virtual exhibitions” which include a live performance of Philadelphia Orchestra onstage at Carnegie Hall.

Google Now Lets You Travel the Dance World
Dance Magazine: Kristin Schwab
Google’s Cultural Institute arts “museum” went live this week, and there are plenty of dance (and fine arts, and opera, and music) goodies to explore.

Facebook Wants to Change Concert Ticketing Forever
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Facebook, easily one of the largest hubs for event planning, is now taking its first steps into ticketing. More importantly, Facebook is taking a no fee approach that could transform the music industry.

An 'Instagram For Music,' Six-Week-Old App Acapella Has Millions Of Users
Forbes: Eilene Zimmerman
Performers record themselves singing different parts of a song and the app stacks those videos one over the other, creating both an a cappella song and a window-pane like video showing how it comes together.

World's First Computer-Generated Musical to Debut in London
The Guardian: Mark Brown
Could a computer generate a hit West End musical?

Getting ‘Seen’: Maximizing Your Album’s Online Visibility
Soundfly: Mike Dearmon
Advice areas: Getting visible, metadata, starting points.


Even Great Music Has Its Limits
Standpoint: Norman Lebrecht
The editor of Slipped Disc spends time with the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids project and wonders if there are limits to what the El Sistema method can provide. 

Music is Mysterious
“For centuries, philosophers have got music wrong by making it mysterious,” says Lydia Goehr, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University in New York.


Lyric Opera Seeks to Reassure Patrons Over a Work that Mirrors the Terror Out There
New York Times: Michael Cooper
“Bel Canto,” a much-anticipated opera that will have its world premiere at the Lyric, opens with an unexpectedly resonant scene: a musical performance interrupted by gun-toting terrorists.

Minnesota Orchestra Balances Budget, Receives $250,000 Gift from Musicians' Group
Star Tribune: Graydon Royce
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, a nonprofit organization formed by players who were locked out for 16 months, has been dissolved and its funds have been given to the Orchestral Association.

DSO Maestro Slatkin to Step Down in 2018
Detroit Free Press
Slatkin will be 73 when his tenure officially ends after 10 seasons in 2018, and the changes are part of a broader rethinking of his priorities as he approaches his 75th birthday.

One Of Two Rivals To Revive New York City Opera Withdraws
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The long, tangled court battle between two groups seeking to revive the bankrupt New York City Opera came to an end when one group withdrew its proposal and cleared the way for its rival to try to bring back the beloved opera company.

Seattle Symphony Announces 50k Gift by Taylor Swift
SlippedDisc: Norman Lebrecht
The pop star has sent the orchestra $50,000 in gratitude for its recording of John Luther Adams’ haunting piece, "Become Ocean."

Ballet San Antonio Names Artistic Director
MySA: Deborah Martin
Ballet San Antonio has named ballet master Willy Shives, who has spent the past 16 years with the famed Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, as its new artistic director.

Inside a Symphony Audition Janelle Gelfand
An inside view of the life-long preparation for an audition with the Cincinnati Symphony.

Ballet Class Offers Hope for Disabled Children
Patch: Deb Belt
An up-close look at how Maryland Youth Ballet helps a family and others cope with disabilities.

Packing Up The Largest Orchestra Library in The World Janelle Gelfand
A treasure hidden in plain sight, telling stories of Cincinnati, of its musical organizations, its artists and its audience tastes.

First Of Its Kind: An Institute for Female Opera Conductors
Art&Seek: Bill Zeeble
In a banner year of three new works from the Dallas Opera, the company launched a different kind of premiere this week: a week-long ‘Institute for Women Conductors’. This school may be the only one of its kind in the world.


Musicians and Maestros Condemn Cuts at the Royal Danish Theatre
The Post: Ray W
The culture minister, Bertel Haarder, recently announced that the Royal Danish Theatre, the nation’s largest and most prominent, will have to slash 35 million kroner from its budget for 2016-19. The changes could ruin the orchestra, often regarded as one of the best in the world.

Coldplay Joins Adele by Boycotting Spotify
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Two of the biggest albums of the year are unavailable on Spotify, thanks to another huge holdout.

Rap Song About Violence in Mexico Strikes Chord With Listeners
NPR: Monica Ortiz Uribe
A previously unknown musician has produced a new rap song about violence in Mexico, and this song has struck a chord with listeners.

China’s Top Conservatory’s Rector Dismissed Rudolph Tang
As the latest development of the anti-corruption drive that has swept the music scene in China since 2015, Prof Wang Cizhao, renowned composer and the rector of China’s top music conservatory, was dismissed yesterday according to exclusive source information from the Ministry of Education.

U.S. Denies Entry to Cincinnati Guest Maestro Janelle Gelfand
Rafael Payare, a rising star who is making acclaimed debuts around the world and is married to American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, was unable to get through customs even though his visa is current.

Georgian Opera Singer Considers Going Into Politics
Democracy & Freedom Watch: DFWatch Staff
A famous Georgian opera singer and philanthropist, Paata Burchuladze, is considering going into politics while less than a year remains until the parliamentary election.


2015 Dance Your PhD Contest Won by Social Scientist For First Time
Forbes: Sujata Kundu
In “Dance Your PhD” the categories contestants can win awards for are chemistry, physics, biology and social science, and one overall winner is chosen each year.


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