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Berklee College Of Music, Boston Conservatory To Merge
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Berklee & The Boston Conservatory Prepare for Merger
Classicalite: Shane Jordan

The strategic underpinning of the merger is the belief that music, movement, and digital technology are converging to give artists new means of creative expression in the theater, on the concert stage, and through established and emerging platforms.


Innovation Competition Finals
Project Jumpstart: Jacobs School of Music
Join Project Jumpstart for the finals of the 2016 Innovation Competition, with the wonderful judges Dr. K (Don Kuratko), Janette Fishell, Kathryn Sherman, Travis Brown, and Monika Herzig. The event, hosted by the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business, is on Saturday, January 30, from 10am-12pm in the Kelley Graduate Center, Room 1008. Enjoy and celebrate the impressive, innovative spirit of Jacobs School students as they present proposals on social media and music business apps, new models for music education, and creative entrepreneurship.   


Next Steps in Closing the Gaps in Arts Education in Our Schools
Huffington Post: Jesse Rosen
Orchestras across the U.S. were thrilled when their advocacy efforts paid off as a new education law -- called the Every Student Succeeds Act -- received bi-partisan support from the House and Senate and was signed into law on December 10, 2015 by President Obama.

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
The Atlantic: William Deresiewicz
Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?

The Old Career Path in Many Professions is a Dead End
LinkedIn: Lindsey Pollak
Forget staying with a company until your golden anniversary; many millennials don’t stay with a company long enough to celebrate even one anniversary.

At An Opera Festival: Tales of Drug Cartels. At Opera Houses: Same Old Song.
Washington Post: Anne Midgette
The Prototype Festival demonstrates conclusively that opera is a perfectly natural vehicle for contemporary stories and contemporary art.

Opera Orlando (formerly Florida opera Theatre) Reemerges
Orlando Sentinal: Matthew Palm
The emergence of small opera companies that connect to community in a meaningful way is proving to be a recipe for success.

In Black Artists’ Pursuit of Equality, These 17 Art-World Leaders Are Changing the Game
Artsy: Meredith Mendelsohn and Tess Thackara
A new generation of artists and professionals who are reaping the rewards of their forebears and continuing the movement toward a fairer—and more culturally rich—art world.

The Chamber Orchestra: Why Small is Beautiful
The Guardian: Lars Vogt
Mozart, Brahms and Schumann all worked with, and wrote for, chamber orchestras, whose compact size is a huge advantage to composers and audiences alike. Why do we neglect them today?

An (Inspiring) Essay on the Seattle Symphony on Representation
Erica Gomez (blog)
“So, Seattle Symphony, I didn't get the name of the woman who called me. I regret that, because she was such an eloquent advocate for the work that you're doing and she reversed my perspective on the symphony's outreach.”

In Praise of Blue Notes: What Makes Music Sad?
The New York Times: Ben Ratliff
The idea of sadness connects the music of Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Holiday, the English folk singer Nick Drake, the metal band Slayer and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But no streaming service is going to tell you that.


Castleton Festival Announces Hiatus in 2016
The Washington Post: Anne Midgette
The Castleton Festival, which conductor Lorin Maazel founded on his private estate in Virginia in 2009 and nurtured until his death in 2014, announced Wednesday that it will cancel its summer season in 2016 and take a year-long hiatus.

Salonen Makes Clear He Won’t Lead New York Philharmonic
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Esa-Pekka Salonen, the innovative Finnish conductor who is the composer in residence at the New York Philharmonic, will not be the orchestra’s next music director, disappointing some fans and a number of prominent critics who had favored him for the post.

Lincoln Center Will Create a Performing Arts Hall of Fame
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Lincoln Center announced on Friday that it was moving forward with plans to create a performing arts hall of fame, with its first honorees to be chosen next month, an induction ceremony planned for June, and firms selected to design related installations across the campus.

The Eagles' Glenn Frey Dead at 67
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock band the Eagles, has died at 67, a publicist for the band has confirmed.

Impasse and Imposition in Fort Worth
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
There’s no shortage of labor drama right now and the latest group to teeter on the brink of a work stoppage is the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Hartford Symphony Musicians Accept Pay Cut to Save Orchestra
Hartford Courant: David Owens
The musicians with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra have voted to accept a wage concession agreement that management said was necessary to save the orchestra.

Bronx School Embraces a New Tool in Counseling: Hip-Hop
New York Times: Winnie Hu
An innovative school program seeks to use hip-hop music to reach teenagers who may not respond to more traditional counseling.


BBC Proms Continues 'Ten Pieces' Concerts, Caters to Secondary School Students
Classicalite: Steve Nagel
The initiative was held to be a success for young audiences in 2015, and now the Proms intends to continue the "new tradition" by encouraging secondary school students to respond to a selection of ten classical pieces in a manner in which they see fit.

Syrian National Orchestra and Other Artists Unite for London Concert in June
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
A Syrian orchestra that once disbanded due to political strife in the region has announced that it will reunite for a concert in London on June 25. The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (SNOAM) will feature songwriter, and Blur frontman, Damon Albarn, along with other guest performers.


Patreon Works For Musicians as a Powerful Fundraising Platform
Patreon user Nate Maingard offers us an inside look at the benefits of the service, and provides several tips other potential users should keep in mind when using Patreon so as to get (and give) the most out of it.

How To Build Social Media Editorial Calendars
Arts Hacker: Jonathan Eifert
With the plethora of social media opportunities, how do artists and arts organizations make sense of it all? Here’s a great set of suggestions on how to plan, using a seasonal calendar.

The Fundamental Musician's Guide to Instagram for Bands
Soundfly: Sophie Chernin
Instagram has climbed the ranks of relevant social media tools for artists simply by being a vehicle for videos and photos, which statistically have the most hits and reach over text posts on Facebook and Twitter

Technology and the 21st Century Choir Director
The IFCM Magazine: Philip Copeland
Easy ways to use technology to enhance your effectiveness as you develop your ensemble.


JSoM Alumni, Members of Square Peg Round Hole, Perform on Resonant Boulders
Boing Boing: Mark Frauenfelder
Check out this cool video featuring Evan Chapman, Sean Gill, and Carlos Pacheco-Perez.


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